Meet Our Horses

  • Name: Bell
  • Date of Birth: April 23, 1998
  • Sponsor: The Fullerton Family in memory of Trish Zschenderlein
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Dave Brown
  • Bellatrix (AKA Bell) is named after one of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky. She is a lovely Clydesdale/Thoroughbred mare that stands at 16.2 hands tall! She began her career by working for the Indianapolis Police Department patrolling downtown Indy and later turned in her badge. She became a cherished family horse who taught her owner how to ride. Bell excels with a variety of clients especially with her calming demeanor. She is also used in our S.E.R.V.E. program for veterans.
  • Name: Watsun
  • Date of Birth: July, 1995
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Valerie Arthur
  • Kooper Watsun (AKA Watsun), a palomino Quarter Horse, comes from a family who showed him extensively in 4-H for years. Watsun can often be seen out in the pasture sitting down like a dog, preparing to roll. He is a very cautious, sweet horse with his clients and volunteers, teaching them the way of the barn.
  • Name: Lola
  • Date of Birth: February, 14 2004
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Lowell Drake
  • Lola was donated to PALS as a yearling. She lived on the Bonchek farm until she was ready to start training as a therapy horse. She is a palomino, Haflinger pony who loves to make new friends in and out of the barn. Her curiosity and spunky personality has made her a favorite around the barn. Lola is a stocky pony who is great for clients who want an independent ride.
  • 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. His clients look forward to seeing him each week for sessions. Scout enjoys a challenge, carrying riders who need more support, but also enjoys trotting around the arena with more independent riders.
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 new career! Over the years he was a 4-H horse, showmanship partner, trail companion, and backyard buddy. Spirit’s distinctive colors make him easy to spot in the PALS herd. He has a smooth trot and narrow build. His calm and patient demeanor make him an ideal horse for clients looking to take steps toward riding independently.
  • Name: Splash
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 2001
  • Sponsor: Anonymous
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Rachel Hix
  • This sweet, flea-bitten gray mare sure has made a “Splash” in the PALS barn! Splashvan Heart (AKA Splash) began her therapy career after being a cherished family member for pleasure and trail riding. At 15 hands high, Splash is a great size for adult clients or children looking to excel their skills. When not working, Splash loves to hang out with her friends in the pasture and munch on grass all day.
  • Name: Lady
  • Date of Birth: June 6, 1996
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Emily Steffy
  • Lady Apache (AKA Lady) is a gaited Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. Before PALS, she enjoyed being used for riding lessons, trail rides, and 4-H events. Her clients enjoy Lady’s steady pace during sessions. As a gaited horse, Lady offers accentuated motion in her walk making her an ideal horse for clients who need the added stimuli. Lady loves baths, treats, and kids!
  • Name: Stella
  • Date of Birth: April 27, 1996
  • Sponsor: Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Marilynn Dammon
  • Stella is a Clydesdale/Morgan/Percheron/Thoroughbred cross. She is registered as an American Warmblood. Stella was shown in dressage through second level before retiring from her show career to become a vaulting horse at a summer camp for 2 years. When she first arrived at PALS she quickly made friends with Tux out in the pasture. “She has always had a sweet, gentle mind–always trying to please & learn” –says previous owner Karen Shenk. Her calm demeanor makes Stella and ideal horse for mounted and non-mounted activities, as well as participating in our S.E.R.V.E. program for Veterans.
  • Name: Tux
  • Date of Birth: December 24, 2002
  • Sponsor:  Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Paul & Lynn Chambers
  • Tuxedo (AKA Tux) joined the PALS herd following a career as a show horse in jumping and barrel racing. He was also used as a trail horse. Tux was donated to PALS by a local rescue, who felt his stature and personality would be a good fit for the program. He is a Paint/Percheron cross who is hard to miss among his barn buddies! He has been a great addition to the PALS S.E.R.V.E. program for veterans.
  • Name: Smoke
  • Date of Birth: May 19, 2001
  • Sponsor:  Sponsor Me!
  • Owner: PALS
  • Donor: Carolyn Spencer
  • Smoke is a gaited, Rocky Mountain horse that stands at 15.1 hands high. His beautiful flaxen mane and tail compliment his chocolate colored body. Before PALS, Smoke was a trail horse, carrying his owner through scenery in Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee. He has a curious nature and loves to explore his surroundings! A fun fact about Smoke is that he enjoys watching fireworks and will get as close as he can to watch the bright lights!

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PALS Herd Emertitus

  • Name: Babe, Retired
  • Date of Birth: April 4, 1999
  • Babe comes to PALS after a successful show career– helping clients excel in dressage, hunter jumper, and western classes. This 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: Luna, Retired
  • Date of Birth: May,17 1998
  • Nibbles at My Heart (AKA Luna) is a dark bay, Morgan mare who came to PALS with extensive trail experience. Even though she is small in size, her lively attitude stands out in the barn. Luna loves carrying our younger clients around the arena, teaching them how to steer, walk, and trot.
  • 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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