Updated: 4:45 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.
By ANNA APPLEGATE Staff writer
Size, health and temperament are all factors Monique Nellis considers when choosing horses for Heavenly Gaits Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. "Older horses bring more experience, but they also may have health issues," she said. In most therapeutic riding facilities the horses are donated, according to Nellis. Some of the centers she has talked to have offered to refer horses to her in the future. She said all horses coming into the center will have a 90-day trial period to see if they are a good fit.
Nellis has purchased Stormy, an eight-year-old miniature quarter horse, from Raindancer Stables in New Bethlehem. Dixie, a nine-year-old Kentucky Mountain horse, is on loan from Raindancer Stables in New Bethlehem. Nellis is "pretty sure Dixie's going to stay."
In the future, Nellis wants to look into acquiring some horses for driving. Those who are severely disabled may find driving a cart more ideal for them than traditional riding, according to Nellis.
- By Anna Applegate