As many of you know, I have recently joined River Valley Riders Therapeutic Riding and Driving Program with my young mare, Ruby (Roo). Since becoming involved I have met some wonderful people and some amazing horses. Not every horse can do what these animals do. It takes a very calm and easy going horse to make therapeutic riding safe and successful for all concerned. The horses are constantly surrounded by people who walk very close to them, often in what horse people would consider the “danger zones” around a horse. They have riders who often times are very unbalanced and move around a lot. Sometimes the riders lean over and touch the horse’s ears, lay down over their rumps and some even ride facing backward. There is constant noise, activity, music, and other distractions, many horses cannot handle that kind of over stimulation. These horses are truly unflappable. I want to introduce you to just a few of the superstars. I hope, eventually that you get to meet them all – they are wonderful horses, worth their weight in gold!!