Meet Our Horses
Here at Winslow, our four-legged healers are indispensable. Without them our programs would fall apart. All of our horses have special stories and have been donated to us or are on free lease. These gentle giants love attention, have great ground manners and are very tolerant of their surroundings and our riders.
We are always looking for new herd members to join our program. For more information or to donate a horse, please visit our Donate a Horse page.
Apollo comes to Winslow after years of being a show horse. He competed in the Hunter/Jumper and Hunter Pacing categories under his show name Apollo Chariot. This statuesque bay Thoroughbred is 16.1 hands tall and was sired in 1998. Apollo has excellent ground manners and enjoys a good scratch on his neck with a curry comb. Apollo was donated by the McKenna Family.
Because of Betty’s modest height of 14 hands, her mild temperament and her movement, she is a gem for our littlest riders at Winslow and she is often used in hippotherapy lessons. However, her quick stride makes her suitable for many different types of riders. Betty Boop is a dark bay Standardbred pony sired in 1996 and is double registered with the International Trotting and Pacing Association as well as the New York Trottingbred Registry under her formal name of Paceway’s Black Gem!
Just the other day a young rider asked, “Who’s the horse in the camouflage”? That’s Billy our dark bay Appaloosa/Thoroughbred mix. He stands 16.2 hands tall and was sired in 1994. Billy has a laid back easy going personality and takes direction really well. He loves being around people but has 2 close horse friends as well, Taz and Apollo. Billy was donated to us by Beth Sylvestri.
As Winslow’s “class clown,” you can always count on Bob for a good laugh. However, he is always ready to get serious and give a great lesson of all types, including lead line, independent and trail riding. He is a dark bay Welsh Cob/Thoroughbred mix standing 15.1 hands. He was sired in 1994 and given the show name Bucknell Gentlemen. Bob’s favorite past time is horsing around with his best friend Duke.
Cosmo has one of the smoothest gates here at Winslow. His movement and height, 15 hands, makes him the perfect therapeutic horse for some of our littlest riders. Our many school groups that come through our barn keep Cosmo busy almost every morning. Cosmo, sired in 1989, is a dark bay Paso Fino/Quarter Horse. He has 2 brands on him, one on his left hip and one on his left cheek.
Daisy joined our herd in early 2015 and settled into her new job as a therapeutic riding horse very quickly. She is a versatile horse who can switch from Western to English style easily. Because of her 14.3 hands height she is perfect for our smaller riders and she loves working with our kids at Winslow. Daisy is a liver chestnut Quarter Horse sired in 1999. When she’s not in programming you can find her hanging out with her BFF Lila.
Duke came to Winslow in 2003 and has been an integral part of our therapy program ever since. Sired in 1984 he is one of our seniors and now gets plenty of rest time when he’s not teaching a beginner rider. He is a dun Quarter Horse and stands 15.1 hands. Duke is donated to Winslow by Dominic Capone.
When you meet Lila the first thing you may notice is her beautiful curly coat and mane, especially in the winter months. This is typical of her breed, a Bashkir curly. She is perfect to teach our school groups and individual riders how to groom because she is hypo-allergenic tested. She is a paint beauty standing 14.2 hands sired in 2008. Lila was donated to us by Deirdre Hamling.
Slip n Slide
Our 16.1 bay and white Paint Cross horse named Taz is an outdoorsy kind of guy. He loves to be out on the trails. Still, he is able to excel at any type of lesson we throw at him. Taz, sired in 1988, belongs to one of instructors Joyce DeGhetto. When he is not working, he loves to eat and spend time with his pals Billy and Apollo.
Toni the Pony
Our Mini Shetland Pony, standing 9 hands and about 250 lbs, is the smallest member of our herd. Toni makes up for her small size through her larger than life personality and sass. She is often found inside the barn, sticking her head out of the feeding square or being painted by our Summer Adventures youth throughout the summer. She is our favorite for teaching our smallest riders how to lead and also enjoys walking and being led by our riders in wheelchairs too. Her best friend is Lucy, Winslow’s tallest horse. Toni was donated to us by our Executive Director Sue Ferro and Family.
Truman is a black Hanoverian, sired in 1995, and stands 16.1 hands tall. When you come by you will know him by the perfect heart-shaped star on his face. Truman is a jack of all trades and a master of them to. Because of his career as a former jumper, not much bothers him. His tall and sturdy build and rhythmic movement makes him a great candidate for our program. Truman was donated to us by Leslie Ward.
If you hear something rattling it’s probably our inquisitive Zoro playing with lead ropes, bridles, jackets or anything that hangs by his stall. He was born blind in his left eye but that doesn’t slow him down one bit. As a matter of fact, this 16 hand grey Thoroughbred used to be a race horse in Canada. Sired in 2002, we look forward to many years ahead with this smart and expressive guy. Zorro is on free lease to Winslow by Nancy Stillman.
Gone from our herd, but never from our heart
Affectionately known as “Mama” because of her kind and nurturing demander, Tara, our 15.3 hand Warmblood/Draft Cross did it all around here. For 10+ years, Tara, an exceptional therapy horse, gave countless hours of service to our riders. In December 2016, Tara went to her retirement home as a companion horse. She is missed at Winslow!
Neil, a 14.1 hand dun Norwegian Fjord will always be a staple here at Winslow. Over his 15+ years of service to our riders, Neil made himself truly irreplaceable, a remarkable therapy horse. We would like to thank the Ashe family for sharing Neil with us to help touch the lives of thousands. He was the best ambassador of a therapy horse and had a larger than life personality. He was one of a kind to all that knew him and always put a smile on his riders face. He will truly be missed.