Horses Horses Horses
...three ranch dogs...some barn cats...four goats...
"God's Gift on the Hoof"
The core of our therapeutic team is our extensive herd of healthy, well-trained and sound horses, all of whom have gone through a thorough screening process prior to coming to Due West TRC.
 
Biscuits
Our youngest Quarter Horse herd member proves blondes have more fun and our riders agree! Her age belies her wisdom as she is able to carry some of our most involved riders safely.

Carter​​

Carter is one laid-back dude. This handsome guy's first career was as a show horse. Mary acquired him after months of pursuing him. His willing nature makes him one of the most requested mounts.
Dirham
This darling Quarter Horse gelding retired from a successful barrel racing career to become one of our most popular mounts. He's valued for his unflappable attitude. Graciously donated by the Tholen family.
Centavo
Photo coming soon!
We hit the jackpot when Heartland Therapeutic Riding donated this treasure to us. She is a very consistent and quiet-minded Quarter Horse.
Derby
Thank you to Shaleen Grabill for donating this Arab Welsh cross gelding to us. One of our newest members is also one of our most popular. The barn kids race to the lesson board to see which lucky one gets to ride him.
Fluffy
A sorrel Appaloosa with some attitude!  This girl is a blast to ride and has a great sense of humor!  She is great with children that have emotional disturbances.  She teaches patience and humility.
Harry
Thank you to the Kemble family for this talented, friendly Paint gelding. His level of training in multiple disciplines makes him irreplaceable, especially with our more independent riders.
Jane
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This beautiful, black Quarter Horse mare was a gift from Don and Sherry Brown. Jane is very tuned in to our riders with socio-emotional diagnoses. Jane is very quiet and patient. 
Kirk
Kirk is a Quarter Horse gelding. He is a former show horse who left the show arena to grace our arena. He is one of the most willing horses we have.

Mack
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​​Mack came from Billi Brooks Robinson and is Mr. Personality! His permanent frowny-face disguises the kind gentleman that he really is. He loves kids!

Nutmeg
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Nike
Born on the ranch, she was used for trail riding and calf roping but when Bill stopped riding, she got a new career as a therapy horse. She is the perfect size and temperment, able to accommodate riders of varying skill levels.
A poster child for the noble Thoroughbred breed, this dark bay mare oozes class!  She is a wise, kind model of a mare. She considers it an honor to carry her riders through their paces.
Moon
Dorothy McKee has loaned us this amazing Appaloosa gelding.  His past training has made him invaluable in our program. Even our most involved riders feel independent on this noble horse's back. He loves to be spoiled! Refusing to retire, he's still the first one at the gate!
Prince
Our handsome, bay Thoroughbred boy likes nothing more than to come out of the pasture and into the arena for a lesson. His friendly personality is noticeable in his preference for humans over horses.
RJ
This Gypsy Vanner gelding is a supreme therapy horse.  His very gentle nature and smooth gaits make it easy for him to carry any rider. His flashy color and puppy-dog personality make him a favorite!
Quiz
In the dictionary next to the word "sweet" is a picture of Quiz, our handsome Paint gelding. He is truly the sweetheart of the herd and a favorite among our riders.
Sister
Our striking black and white tobiano Paint mare is a true testament to faith.  She had an abusive past when she came to Mary and now trusts unconditionally.  She can be counted on to give her rider a fun lesson.

Sadie

Our resident beauty queen and former regional champion is full of energy and curiosity! She is aware and patient with our most enthusiastic riders. Thank you to the Thuss family for this sweetheart!
SQ
We are blessed to have acquired this darling Quarter Horse mare.  She adapts quickly to any level of rider and is so versatile. This girl is all business!
Waffles
A pint-sized Pinto Pony with a heart of gold!  She will win you over at first sight with her sweet personality and adorable size!  She takes our youngest riders around the arena and out on the trails with grace and charm.
Stormy
Thank you to the Ashberger family for their donation of this grey Welsh Pony gelding.  He is very tolerant and a wonderful mount for our younger students.
Twisty
A western pleasure champion at the highest national levels, a foot injury brought this Quarter Horse mare to our barn.  She enjoys her new career as a therapeutic horse and loves to teach her riders how to trot.

Wave

A gift from the Aufdemberge family, she was outgrown by her teenage "person" after several years on the show circuit. Always willing to go for a spin, her enthusiasm gives her riders the feeling of riding the wind!

Zoom​​

Winnie

Biggest horse with the biggest personality, Zoom retired from an injury after winning at the World Paint Horse Show. Prefering human company to horses, he brightens everyone's day. He has adjusted to semi-retirement and can fill in at a moment's notice.
Everything from winning at the largest shows in the country to a rodeo queen mount, Winnie has been there and done that. An 18-year member of Mary's herd, she has taken to her newest career with a great attitude.
Whiskers - retired
Our loud-colored Appaloosa gelding has been with us the longest.  He had a successful show jumping career before becoming our trustworthy lesson horse.  His big movement and ground covering strides made our riders feel like they were flying!

In Memoriam

Here at Due West TRC, our horses are just as much a part of our "barn family" as our riders. We celebrate them for the joy and laughter they give us through their individual talents and personalities. We also mourn them when a member of this beloved herd passes on. Over the last six years, seven of these beautiful creatures left us for Heaven's pasture. We will always love and miss them. We will always be grateful to them. 

Gator
Mary's retired show horse. This sorrel Quarter Horse gelding won on the open and Quarter Horse circuits in many events until it was time for retirement. His willing nature and people-loving personality made everyone forget any troubles they had! Gator left us in 2018 but the confidence he gave to his riders will be with them forever. There will never be another like him.
Tender

Casey​

This sorrel Quarter Horse mare was the foundation on which Due West TRC was built. Her smooth gaits and calm demeanor made any rider feel confident. She insisted on accuracy from her riders and hundreds got their start on the back of this great mare.
Casey came to us from the Blake family. She was everyone's first choice of mount until medical issues forced her retirement. She was our most vocal herd member and kept track of everyone.
Fagan
Jeffery
A sharp, handsome Paint horse with World Titles under his belt. He was an exceptionally honest guy with a patient, willing attitude. His talent as a show horse was only shadowed by his talent as a therapy horse.
Never in a hurry, Fagan gave our more timid riders the confidence they needed to ride. Fuzzy and sweet, our littlest riders adored him.

Ginger

Smokey
She was our herd matriarch and donated to us by Sarah Rizzo. She was a darling little Quarter Horse with a big heart. Ginger loved attention and never put a hoof wrong.
 
A flashy, black Paint mare with a blaze and four white stockings, Smokey was a treasure and Tender's right-hand girl. She was the perfect size for our younger riders and was as honest as they come. Her riders always got 100% from this little girl.

OUR OTHER FURRY KIDS

One trip to Due West Ranch and you will have undoubtedly met the ranch dogs. Murphy is the playful Black Lab who loves going for a swim in the pond just as much as she loves hanging out in the barn. Cowboy is our handsome Australian Shepherd who loves attention and treats. Mel is the Blue Heeler, otherwise known as the work horse of the ranch, getting in everybody's business.
We have a herd of goats now, too! Carmine, Guiseppe, and Salvador and Sophia love oats and anything else they can find to eat! 
The cats, Big Nose Kate, Dawg and Pasta love snuggles and are quite vocal when it's time to eat!