Meet Our Herd

I really like horses, I think they are some of the most amazing animals in the world. I like the way they look at you. It’s like they are talking to you. I love putting my hand on the horses’s nose and feeling the warmth of the horse’s breath.” Maxx, Client

Our equine partners at Hold Your Horses are a special group of professionals! Each member of the herd is carefully selected and trained for their job of partnering with our staff and clinicians to provide therapy services. They amaze us every day with their wisdom and generous spirit.

Lily

Lily

A founding member of the HYH herd and a true Queen Bee, Lily inspired the vision of HYH. She was a Haflinger/Fjord cross mare who retired from mounted work in 2018 and continued to amaze us with her active senior lifestyle until she died September 18, 2021 on a day filled with sunshine and sadness. She was one pony that touched a thousand hearts. Her legacy is love and these important truths:
-Good food is good life
-Never make assumptions (about her)
-Be curious
-Play

Ghost

Ghost

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Ghost is a 21 year old pinto gelding who is our herd leader and the longest serving member of the HYH herd. Ghost works in all of our therapy services and many consider him to be a wise and spiritual guide. His favorite treat is a peppermint. Experience has shown that if you come on property with one in your pocket, he will find you.

Bentley

Bentley

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Bentley’s breed is anybody’s guess. His value to our mental health services though is no joke. He is a sensitive and insightful professional and is very social with all visitors to the barn. He loves to frolic in the snow and delights with the arrival of summer when his favorite treat of watermelon rind comes in season.

Brody

Brody

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Brody is the newest member of the HYH herd. He is an 8 year old Percheron Quarter horse cross born in Ohio and trained by the Hershberger family. He is our biggest horse at 16.2 hands with some beautiful big hooves. Brody is learning the ropes of therapy work and will be fully integrated into his job by early summer 2021. He loves a good scratch on the neck and has no idea what to do with an apple or carrot (!). We are working on that.

Whisper

Whisper

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Whisper is a Morgan gelding who came to HYH with his owner, psychologist Molly DePrekel in 2012. Whisper is intuitive and playful and a willing partner in all of our programs and services. His favorite activities include soccer (with the giant soccer ball) and participating in educational events. He is a good listener and loves to have his mane and tail brushed.

Bingo

Bingo

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Meet Bingo a.k.a. Pony Soprano. Bada Bing! This little man stepped in when Lily had to step out for retirement. At 12 hands and 20 years young he shows up in a big way. Donated by the McCann family he spent much of his life with them at shows, gaming and being an awesome family member. Now a player on team HYH he is gentle and dependable carrying little ones for their therapy sessions and then stands his ground with the big horses in the pasture. Now that’s a Bingo!

Yoder

Yoder

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Yoder is a 10 year old gelding. Our best guess is that he is a Percheron Fjord cross but we will entertain other ideas. Trained as part of a driving team he sadly lost his partner and needed a new job, and some new friends. He was purchased from Windy Hill Farm in Millersburg, Ohio thanks to financial support from Mary and Armand Brachman. He loves working in our therapy services and will soon be seen in full harness helping to drag the arenas at the farm and perhaps pulling a cart sometime soon!

Yosi

Yosi

Yosi was a 13 hand POA (Pony of the Americas) gelding. He was loving, kind and gentle and was one of the most dependable members of our herd.  After decades of love and devotion to clients, Yosi crossed over to greener pastures in May 2018.  He will forever be remembered and loved by our team and all of the people who’s lives were changed for the better.

How to find us.

(763) 498-0007‬

5265 Woodland Trail
Greenfield, MN 55357

Hours: 7am - 7pm

[email protected]

Hold Your Horses is a MN non- profit improving quality of life for children with disabilities through individualized equine assisted therapies.

Hold Your Horses

5265 Woodland Trail, Loretto, MN 55357, USA

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