Meet Our Horses

  • Name: Babe
  • Date of Birth: April 4, 1999
  • Sponsor:  Indiana Quarter Horse Association (IQHA)
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Layne S. Tait
  • Babe comes to PALS after a successful show career– helping clients excel in dressage, hunter jumper, and western classes. This 15 year old, sorrel quarter horse has patience to help new clients learn basic skills, but also the ability to help advanced clients master and perfect their techniques. Her stocky build and sweet nature allow her to serve clients with a variety of needs, from learning to post the trot for the first time to simply strengthening core muscles by learning to sit tall in the saddle. She has become quick friends with Spirit and Bell, but is happy to let them keep watch while she takes a quick nap in her stall.
  • Name: Bellatrix, but goes by her nickname Bell
  • Date of Birth: April 23, 1998
  • Sponsor: The Fullerton Family in memory of Trish Zschenderlein
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Dave Brown
  • This lovely Clydesdale/Thoroughbred mare stands tall at 16.2 hands! With her graceful long legs and fearless attitude, Bell is named after one of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky, Bellatrix. She began her career by working for the Indianapolis Police Department patrolling downtown Indy and later turned in her badge to become a cherished family horse who literally taught her human companion how to ride.
  • Name: Gracie
  • Date of Birth: August 10, 1990
  • Owner: Kara Szabo
  • Donor: On loan to PALS
  • Gracie is a 25 year old Arabian, on loan to PALS by Head Instructor Kara Szabo. But don’t let her age fool you, this little girl still loves move. Her sassy attitude and need for speed is perfect for clients looking for a challenge. Grace is a versatile horse, she excels on flat, relaxes on the trails, and loves to jump. She is always ready to take on anything with her clients.
  • Name: Kopper Watsun AKA “Watsun”
  • Date of Birth: July, 1995
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Valerie Arthur
  • Watsun, a palomino Quarter Horse, comes from a family of boys who showed him extensively in 4h for years. He is a very sweet ‘been there, done that’ kind of horse. When carrying a nervous rider, Watsun is very conscious of his rider and surroundings. Watsun can be seen out in the pasture sitting down like a dog, preparing to roll.
  • Name: Lola
  • Date of Birth: February, 14 2004
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Lowell Drake
  • Lola is a 14.2 hand Haflinger. She is a curious little girl who loves to make new friends. Nothing makes her happier than a pat and some peppermint candies. Lola adores all kinds of attention and loves to have her beautiful mane brushed. Her flashy gaits and spunky personality have already made her a favorite around the barn.
  • Name: Luna
  • Date of Birth: May,17 1998
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Wm. Larry Gilliland
  • Nibbles at My Heart (barn name Luna) is a 15 year old, dark bay Morgan mare who comes to PALS with extensive trail experience. This quiet and sweet girl is patient with both clients and handlers as they learn the ropes. She’s more than willing to wait her turn, and is perfectly happy to be either first or last in line. Luna’s short, stocky build has made her a great addition to the PALS herd, allowing her to help clients in need of full physical support from PALS volunteers. Her easy-going attitude ensures even the newest rider can feel comfortable in a lesson–whether on the ground grooming or sitting in the saddle for the first time.
  • Name: Scout
  • Date of Birth: October 15, 2004
  • Sponsor: The EQUUS Foundation
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Holly Robinson
  • Scout joined the PALS herd following a career as a lesson horse for a local community member. Always willing, Scout was a great mount for children and beginners who needed a steady partner to show them the way. From short stirrup to jumping, Scout has taught many budding equestrians the ropes. His clients love his willingness and sweet personality and can’t wait to see him each week for sessions.
Spirit Sq
  • Name: Spirit
  • Date of Birth: April 8, 1994
  • Sponsor: The EQUUS Foundation
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Anne Klarich
  • Spirit came to PALS looking for a second career! He’s been a 4-H and showmanship partner over the years, as well as a trail companion and backyard buddy. Spirit’s distinctive colors make him easy to “spot” in the PALS heard and he has quickly become a favorite of PALS’ clients. Spirit sailed through training quickly proving he would be a great addition to the PALS program. In addition to his temperament, his smooth trot and solid build make him a great mount for a variety of PALS clients. Spirit loves people and attention, so make sure to stop by and say hello!
  • Name: Splashvan Heart, but goes by her nickname “Splash”
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 2001
  • Sponsor: Anonymous
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Rachel Hix
  • This sweet, gray mare sure has made a “Splash” in the PALS barn! Splash began her therapy career after being a cherished family pet, used for pleasure and trail riding. At a very stout 15 hands, Splash is a great size for adult clients or those who need a little extra “stretch” when they ride. When not working, Splash loves to hang out with her lady friends in the pasture and munch on hay all day long.
  • Name: Stella
  • Date of Birth: April 27, 1996
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Marilynn Dammon
  • Stella is a Clydesdale, Morgan, Percheron, Thoroughbred cross and is registered as an American Warmblood. Stella was shown in level II Dressage before retiring from her show career to become a vaulting horse at a summer camp for 2 years. When Stella first arrived at PALS she quickly made friends with Tuxedo out in the pasture, but when it is dinner time it is every horse for themselves. “She has always had a sweet, gentle mind–always trying to please & learn” –says previous owner Karen Shenk.
Tux
  • Name: Tuxedo AKA “Tux”
  • Date of Birth: December 24, 2002
  • Sponsor:  Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Paul & Lynn Chambers
  • Tux joined the PALS team in 2015 from a previous career as a show horse who participated in jumpers and as a barrel racer in addition to serving as a trail horse for his owners. He was donated to PALS by a local rescue, who felt his stature and personality would be a good fit for the program. A 12-year old Paint and Percheron cross, Tux is hard to miss among his new barn buddies! He has been a great addition not only to SERVE, the PALS veterans program, but also for our adult clients in the organization’s therapeutic riding program.

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PALS Herd Emertitus

  • Name: Cody, Retired
  • Date of Birth: October 31, 1990
  • As one of the first PALS horses, Cody has provided years of service to the program and given countless clients the opportunity to trot around the arena, his favorite activity! Cody has a sweet temperament, playful disposition and is always ready to go! He is full of energy and thrives on the attention he received from his clients and volunteers.
  • Name: Fred, Retired
  • Date of Birth: September, 07 1995
  • Fred is a 15.3 hand quarter horse/thoroughbred cross gelding. His past occupations as a 4-H competition horse and personal trail horse made him a great addition to the program. Fred’s owners, Jenny and Jacki, knew his temperament and disposition would make him a perfect fit and we couldn’t agree more!
  • Name: Veloz, Retired
  • Date of Birth: March 17, 1986
  • Veloz is a 15 hand Quarter Horse gelding. He has been described by his previous family as a “good ol’ boy” from Kentucky. Veloz spent his younger years “breaking his family of children in” by letting them do everything from jumping onto his back from the hay loft to taking him on the basketball court. Veloz has a great forward gait which earned him his name, which means “swift”.

 

 

 


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