Our Horses

Pony Power started ten years ago, with little more than a dream and MAT.  Sadly Mat passed away in November of 2011.  He is missed.

Miss Cactus CodyMiss Cactus Cody

is our latest edition to the farm. A bay Paint horse, Cody originally hails from Texas, and can accommodate riders of varying sizes due to her short and stout physique. When our instructors met her it was love at first sight as they quickly realized how well Cody can engage riders with her easy temperament and playful nature. Cody was generously purchased and donated to Pony Power in honor of one of our board members. We are so excited to have this beautiful horse on the farm!

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BugsyBugsy

is a black, English Riding Pony who came to therapeutic riding after many years as a children’s eventing pony.  His movement is lively and animated which gives his riders a lot of sensory input.  Bugsy is a very sweet and affectionate pony.  He usually responds with a nicker when his name is called.  He loves apples, carrots, peppermints, and most importantly children.  With his thick black coat, white star, and sweet disposition, he is often compared to Black Beauty.
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Vinny

is our newest addition.  Norwegian Fjords are relatively small but strong horses from the mountainous regions of Western Norway.  Vinny came to us from a farm in Massachusetts and we were able to acquire him because of a generous donation from David and Susan Viniar.  This donation was in celebration of Leo Viniar’s 90th birthday.  Vinny is such a tremendous asset to Pony Power because his size and temperament allow him to accommodate riders of varying sizes and abilities.  We’re very excited to welcome Vinny to the Pony Power herd.
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CC

CC

is very special. He was purchased by a local family and donated to Pony Power for the sole purpose of being a therapy horse. It was months after CC had been a member of the Pony Power team before we realized his amazing talent. CC can sense his rider will have a seizure before there is any sign of it. A usually forward horse, he plants his hooves and refuses to move a muscle. When he indicates this change, our team can prepare for the inevitable seizure that will ensue. He has been known to turn his head and neck to the rider to help secure their stability. CC is a staple in our program and loved by all who have the pleasure to work with him.
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Red Hot

Red Hot

is a Pony of the Americas, donated by a family in Connecticut. He was a lead line champion, and has reached a new potential here at Pony Power. Red Hot has been with us since September of 2010, but has exceeded all expectations we had for him. As his first introduction to a therapy barn, we anticipated realistic fears of objects such as wheelchairs that are foreign to a horse. Red Hot’s first interaction with a wheelchair was happily following it up to the bus while one of our riders was loaded on the auto ramp. Red Hot marched right up to the bus and stuck his head in to send off our riders with a friendly nicker. He has been a wonderful addition to our program with a natural kindness and gentle demeanor that is perfect for our more fragile riders. His smooth gait makes him a perfect mount for hippotherapy sessions as well.
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Promise

Promise

was donated from a trainer in Connecticut to our program at the same time as Red Hot. She had a long history of struggles, including evidence of being physically abused by a former owner. However you would never guess this background from her character. She is one of our most trusting horses, and promises-as her name implies- to try her best at whatever task we ask of her.
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Mulligan

Mulligan

was donated in the spring of 2010 around the time of our annual golf outing. Contrary to his name (in golf terms), he is no “do over”. He was donated to us after suffering a ligament injury and was lame. With meticulous attention, and a very talented farrier, Mulligan has made a full recovery. Mulligan is one of our largest horses in the therapy program, standing 16.2 at the withers. He has been a favorite in our veterans program Pony Power for Heroes, where our veterans have the privilege of picking their own horse to work with. He is our gentle giant, and his willing to please demeanor has won many hearts with our volunteers and riders.
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Cheyanne

Cheyanne

is a special paint pony, who has been a huge hit in our equine assisted learning program. Her curious nature and unusual looks never fail to bring out an interest in participants. She is also well-known for her comfortable trot and smooth stride, making her another great mount for our Hippotherapy program.
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Big Rascal and Squirewere donated as a pair, and a pair they will stay. These two best friends do everything together. They came to us with a trail riding background making their calm dispositions a great fit for therapy. They both have been big hits with our veterans and therapeutic riding programs. They are both large horses and have the ability to teach children and adults the joy of riding.

Big Rascal

Big Rascal

is a breathtaking registered Buckskin Quarter Horse that suffers from allergies all summer long. Big Rascal loves nothing more than to be groomed daily to help satisfy his itch.
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Squire

Squire

is an intelligent chestnut Quarter Horse. His rolling trot and rocking chair canter keep him in constant demand between our therapy and traditional riding programs.
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Major

Major

is our biggest horse. Standing just under 17 hands he is a crowd pleaser. He also had a fancy jumping career, and was donated to us after suffering an injury. We were able to rehabilitate Major to his full potential, and he has been an amazing addition to our program. He has been hand picked by one of our veterans each session of our Horses for Heroes program.
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Little Bit

Little Bit

is one of our most treasured ponies. His resume includes small pony hunter champion of New Jersey, our red light/green light champion as well as the “Mayor” of the farm. Little Bit may only be waist high for some, but he still believes he is the biggest and fastest horse on the property. At the age of 24, he exudes a sense of pride and self-confidence that is undeniable when you see him prance from his stall to the ring to greet his riders.
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Princess

Princess

is a palomino pony that is beautiful and knows it. Her show name could not be more appropriate, “if the crown fits.” She is a diva in every sense of the word and is one of our best ponies to teach independent riding skills. She has taken a few of our riders to local shows, where she’s won an array of ribbons she earned for her ease over jumps and in the flat classes.
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Pompi

Pompi

came to us as a retired Grand Prix Dressage horse.  Dressage horses are known for their fluid and balanced movement which makes Pompi an ideal therapy horse.  He is not only a beautiful mover but is very handsome.  He is also sweet and loving to boot!
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Merle

Merle

is owned by Pony Power instructor Julia Klopacz but she has generously leased him to us for use in therapy lessons.  We are lucky to have him!  Merle is a skewbald Paint.  Despite his beautiful and outstanding markings, Merle is a low key and relaxed guy.  He has a very steady trot and calm demeanor.  It seems as though he’s been doing this job forever.
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Evie

Evie

Evie

is our newest addition to Pony Power.  She came to the farm in December of 2012.  Evie was not for sale but her previous owners (Blue Heron Farm) were so moved by the work that Vinny was doing that they decided she would fit into our program beautifully.  Evie has exceeded our expectations.  She is a wonderful therapy horse with a sweet and loving personality.  We are so grateful that she is part of our team.
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