Horses

Maverick

Maverick

Many of those that love horses also love dogs, and it’s a good thing in Maverick’s case! Popular opinion is that he is really a Golden Retriever in a horse suit. Maverick thinks everyone loves him (they do), and he is the first choice for new or timid riders. Thanks to the generous donation of Bryan Tustin, Maverick is now a cherished member of the On Eagles’ Wings team! We aren’t sure of his ancestry, but we think he has some Tennessee Walker bloodlines. Regardless of the unknown, we do know that he is steady, reliable and a friend to all – a truly great therapy horse!

Stormy

Stormy

What words can describe Stormy? The littlest horse in our program, but yet probably the mightiest. She has brought more attention and volunteers to our center than anything else we have done, just by being cute and wearing pink shoes during her public appearances. Stormy is a monthly visitor to WVU Childrens’ Medicine (yes, sixth floor, and yes, goes on the elevator!), countless school visits and now appearing at several area assisted living facilities. An amazing girl (only two-years-old), she has firmly established herself as a true diva, and is planning a publicity empire based on her observations of the Kardashians. No grass is too green for Stormy, and she has unlimited potential for hogging the spotlight wherever she goes.

Bo

Bo

Bo is a beautiful dark liver chestnut registered American Quarter horse. His large size and quiet demeanor is an important asset to our program. He can help our taller and older riders with their lessons, but also loves the little ones in our hippotherapy program. Extremely versatile whether riding indoors in our new arena or outdoors (he is starting to really enjoy his trail riding duties!), Bo has proven he is the perfect therapy horse!

Shawnee

Shawnee

Shawnee is a new member of the On Eagles’ Wings team. She is a retired Missouri Foxtrotter trail horse, and her great love for children has made her a rider favorite. She does tend to disguise herself as a hay bale occasionally, as indicated in her bio photo. In spite of that, she happily totes children and young adults around for their lessons, and has a wonderful foxtrotting gait that delights all her ride her.

Murphy

Murphy

Murphy is a fun-loving fourteen-year-old palomino Haflinger that is affectionately know as “Surfer Dude” because of his unruly hairdo. His breed is considered a small draft horse, and Murphy carries the distinction of having the largest hooves in the program. Murphy is a mainstay of the On Eagles’ Wings programming, as he is an excellent hippotherapy mount because of his springy movement at the walk. He always does well in either assisted therapeutic riding lessons or for independent riders. Murphy likes carrots and apples and is well known for gentle licks on the helmets of the riders!

Opekiska Mirage

Opekiska Mirage

Mirage is a gorgeous purebred black Arabian gelding that has helped countless riders. He is a horse that carries the legacy of his dad Prince well, as he demonstrates the same calm, peaceful and loving presence. Mirage excels at teaching independent riders to trot, as well as gently toting a two-year-old in the ring for a hippotherapy session. Many riders in the program bring an apple or carrot to share with their horse “Raj”.

Choco’s Dream

Choco’s Dream

Choco left her former life as a stay-at-home mom to reinvent herself as a therapy horse. She is a nineteen-year-old chestnut Rocky Mountain Gaited horse, and she shows off her cool racking gait to the delight of her riders! She has become another crowd favorite, with her quiet ways and gentle demeanor with any type of rider. She loves trail riding, but is a star in the riding ring as well. Some of our riders refuse to ride anyone else!

Tigerlily

Tigerlily

Tigerlily is an eight-year-old tri-color paint mini therapy horse. We don’t know much about her background, but we have been told she is broke to harness and will pull a cart (something that is on our wish list!). She ended up at the very same rescue in Vermont with Tinkerbelle, and they became best friends. Luckily On Eagles’ Wings was searching for a pair of therapy minis, and the two girls now peacefully reside on the farm and are used for grooming, leading and stable lessons for the riders in the program.

Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbelle is one of our famous mini therapy horses. A seventeen-year-old golden palomino, Tinkerbelle’s former career was being a broodmare. Unfortunately, for some sad reason, she ended up unwanted and homeless and landed in a horse rescue in Vermont. The happy ending, however, is that she now is permanently residing with her friends at On Eagles’ Wings and is enjoying her life being petted and loved.

Hu-Majestic Prince

Hu-Majestic Prince

Prince has quite a backstory. In 1999 he was purchased as a purebred black Arabian yearling colt by Jim and Carol Petitto. He has lived his life as the “Daddy horse” of the farm until he was gelded in the spring of 2014. Several of his sons and daughters are in the riding program or soon will be. Apparently he very carefully watched the many therapeutic riding lessons and hippotherapy sessions out of his stall window, as he willingly jumped into his new life as a therapy horse at age fifteen. A gentleman to the core, as well as possessing beauty and brain, he has become a true favorite with any one who rides him.