Our Horses

Pony Power Therapies began nearly 15 years ago with little more than a dream and MAT. Sadly, Mat passed away in November of 2011 and is truly 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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Bugsy HeadshotBugsy

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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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVinny

is a Norwegian Fjord, a breed from the mountainous regions of Western Norway known for being relatively small, but strong. 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.
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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 if 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. He has also been known to turn his head and neck to the rider to help secure their stability. When he indicates these changes, our team can prepare for the inevitable seizure. CC is a staple in our program and loved by all who have the pleasure of working with him.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARed 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. 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, gentle demeanor and smooth gait perfect for our more fragile riders.
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Promise

was donated to our program by a Connecticut trainer 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 any task we ask of her.
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Mulligan

came to Pony Power 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. With meticulous attention, and a very talented farrier, Mulligan made a full recovery. He is one of our largest horses in the therapy program, standing 16.2 at the withers. He has been a favorite in our Pony Power for Heroes veterans program, 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 among volunteers and participants.
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Cheyanne

is a special paint pony, who has been a huge hit in our horse-assisted learning program, or Stable Insights. 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.
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Big Rascal

is a large, breathtaking registered Buckskin Quarter Horse. He came to us with a trail riding background, making his calm disposition a great fit for horse-assisted activities. Big Rascal has been a big hit within our veterans and therapeutic riding programs. As one who 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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Holly

Check back soon for a profile and picture of Holly!

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Dixie

Check back soon for a profile and picture of Dixie!

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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, and 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

is a beautiful palomino pony, and she 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

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

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 horse. 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

is an incredible addition to the Pony Power team of horses. 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 tot have her as part of our team!
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