The horses at Ride To Fly are chosen specifically for their gentle natures and great temperament. Currently, we have four amazing horses to work with our clients. See their bios below.
We care for our horses
Our horses are very well cared for by our Veterinarian, Dr. Ruth V. Sobeck. Our farrier is Nigel Starkey. Karyn Mills volunteers her time and services as equissage therapist. Dr. Larry Kelly is our equine dentist. Senior horses, as with people, need extra care to keep them healthy and Ride To Fly has an extraordinary team doing just that.
Our horses are fed Alfalfa and Timothy pellets, O&M as a base for supplements and medications [when needed]. Our caregivers make sure each horse has plenty of fresh, clean water every day. [Horses drink 10 to 15 gallons per day – more on hot days]. Our good friends at Lomita Feed keep us well supplied with all our nutritional needs.
Ride To Fly has caregiver/exercise riders up at the barn every day to give supplements, any medications/medical treatment necessary, groom, exercise on and off property, and generally look after the well being of our four horses. We have a stablehand that feeds and cleans up after them twice a day [he is our only paid position, all the rest of us are volunteers].
Cochise is a kind, spunky, black and white paint gelding from The Hart Livestock Ranch in Corona. He stands 15.3 hands tall and weighs in at about 1018 lbs. He has had a varied career… from special needs kids camps, working at Ronald McDonald and The Institute for the Blind, to summer camps for scout and church groups, to summer stable rentals in the mountains. He has participated in fundraisers and fairs… his biggest claim to fame is the year he carried Iron Eyes Cody [a well known western american indian film star] in the Rose Parade. Cochise has ” been there and done that” all over Southern California. He arrived at Ride To Fly October 27, 2011. Cochise likes to have his chest scratched.
Prince Charming (aka Charming or PC) was foaled in 1996 and is a Welsh/Arab bay gelding pony. Standing at 14.2 hands, he is just the right size for our beginning riders and our smaller, more experienced clients, who like him too. Prior to coming to Ride To Fly, he was owned by one of our volunteers who showed him for six years. His discipline is English, and she also jumped him in competition. He is a “furry bear” in the winter, and a sleek looker in the summer. This little boy is a great asset to the Ride To Fly Program and has been at the Ride To Fly barn since July 2013.
Luna is registered with The American Paint Horse Association. Her registered name is KW Neon Moon, hence, Luna (which means moon in Italian) for short. She was foaled April 13, 1992 and is chestnut and white, known as a chestnut/tobiano in the association. She is 15 hands tall, weighs about 1000 lbs., has had four foals of her own, and is very sweet natured.
Ava, is a gray Arabian mare who arrived at Ride To Fly on July 1, 2014. She is 15 hands and about 850#, a petite little girl. She is just about as sweet as they come. Ava loves people and is always happy to see you. She likes to play with the hose when she has her bath and gurgles the water in her mouth. After her bath she is a brilliant opalescent pearl color that is almost blinding in the sunlight.