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Our therapy horses are very special animals, chosen for their dependable nature and their affinity with people. They are quiet and well trained. 

Please scroll down to see our horses that we are currently using in our program and read a bit of history on them.

Ali Cat (aka: Cat)

When you think of a blonde bomb shell at Whitemud, you think of Ali Cat. This adorable palomino mare was born in 1992 and being 29 years old makes her one of the older horses on the property in 2021.

Ali Cat came from a lovely family that owner an acreage where she took local children on pony rides. When Ali Cat arrived at Whitemud in July 2008, she was very energetic and did not understand the language of relaxing and standing.

One of Whitemud’s great patrons and volunteers Jean, stepped forward and worked with Ali Cat to help her understand. You would often find Jean just grooming Ali Cat or the pair just standing after a little ride.

Ali Cat is a horse that prefers not to be over handled when you are preparing her for a lesson or leading in a class but loves her riders and makes sure that the stay safe on her back.

Ali cat will often talk non-stop with her leader and because of her gentle and calm nature, is often used with riders who may require two side-walkers. If you have the pleasure of working with Ali Cat in our Little Bits program, then you will know how special this little mare is to all of us.

Cocoa

When you are talking about an adorable mare that is not quite horse size but has the attitude like one, then you are talking about Cocoa. This cute bay mare was born in 1994 which makes her 27 years old this year (2021). Cocoa arrived at Whitemud in 2009 and was introduced into the Little Bits program not long after. Cocoa can be ridden both independently with a volunteer’s assistance or have up to 2 side-walkers and a leader around her during a class, but the leader must keep an eye out and give her proper spacing. Cocoa knows what you are asking without too much thought, her past training allows her riders to do movements with ease.

Cocoa’s favorite friend is Ali Cat, and they live together in a paddock and are brought in together for meals up to 3 times a day. Cocoa loves to be brushed and fretted over but you must remember that like any mare, do not overdo it.

Dakota

When you think of a celebrity at Whitemud, you first thought might be Sparky the cat. Well, he does have a good following, but the real celebrity is in fact… Dakota. Why you ask? Well, Dakota has been part of many, many events since being at Whitemud. She was in a commercial for the CFR rodeo with Gord Steinke of Global TV and a Christmas Eve special on CBC radio playing the part of a reindeer crunching through the snow pulling Santa in his sleigh complete with jingle bells.  A couple of years ago she appeared with Niobe Thompson in a CBC Nova episode called First Horse Warriors.  She has also spruced up photo shoots, including weddings and has also appeared in print media numerous times.  Dakota had also entered her in the CBC royal wedding hat contest wearing a flowery and beribboned creation.  That was for Prince William and Kate’s wedding.

Dakota who is a beautiful bay mare was born in 1998, which will make her 23 years old this year (2021). Dakota was leased to Whitemud in March 2007 and this is when Jean (a great patron of Whitemud) started to sponsor her and in July 2018 Jean took full ownership of Dakota. Jean also helps take care of a few other horses like Ali Cat, her friend Cocoa and Kalee (who is used in the Whitemud program only). I digress though, back to Dakota. In 2008 Little Bits had the honour of adding her to our program and we found that she was a perfect fit. If you need to ride a horse that can be both independent and responsive, then Dakota is your mare. She will shuffle over with the lightest leg but if you do not pay attention the Dakota will not perform her best for you. She wants her riders to engage with a soft hand and leg. Dakota likes to be brushed and tacked with the lightest touch. She is very opinionated on this matter and should be treated with the utmost respect due.

Sirocco Dancer (aka: Dancer)

Dancer (aka: Sirocco Dancer) was born 1995 and arrived April, 2014. Dancer lived on an acreage for the last few years before arriving at WELCA and is related to Bliss, another horse that has been retired from our program. Dancer is a newer addition to our program and works best with calm and confident riders but has been known to keep fidgety riders calm. Dancer can stride out with the best of them, so if asked, will give the rider a very energetic ride.

Easy

Easy is a chestnut gelding who was born 2007 and arrived August 10, 2016. Easy is a Quarter Horse cross and has been a participant in both 4H clubs and trail rides. As a new addition to our Little Bits family, Easy is fitting right in and now being used by riders both advanced and beginners. Because of his natural curiosity, Easy loves to see what everyone is doing and loves getting attention.

Echo

Echo is a bay Morgan gelding who was born 1999 and is privately owned. Echo is a very gentle horse and has a long thick mane, forelock and tail and carries his riders proudly. One look into Echo's big beautiful eyes will make you fall in love with him. Don't be fooled though, Echo will make all his riders pay attention. Echo is used mostly for adult riders who are independent and can handle Echo's personality. 

Gemini

Gemini is a large Quarter Horse dark bay mare born 2002 and arrived December, 2012. Gemini was very shy when she first arrived, but now waits by the gate to be brought in. Gemini is such a sweet mare and quick study that she is used for riders who need to mount in less traditional ways. Gemini's forward attitude makes her a perfect candidate for those who want to feel the horse move. When leading, one only needs to walk a little faster to get a trot.

Life's Desire (aka: Gumper)

Gumper (aka: Life's Desire) is a dark bay Canadian Standardbred gelding who was born 2000 and was bought by Little Bits. When Gumper first arrived, he was found to be both patient and curious with a very trusting nature. Gumper has quickly wormed his way into people's hearts. Often mistaken for Sheeza, Gumper has a small star in the shape of a "G" with a tiny white spot on his nose. Gumper's gaits and 15.2 hh size make him ideal for more independent riders.

Jasper

In 2018, Jasper and Major arrived at Whitemud facility from a ranch where they worked, did trail riding and were pack horses. Both are chestnut gelding that were born in 1999 (which makes them 22 years old in 2021). They are quiet, well behaved but have very distinctive looks and personalities that set them apart. Jasper has a broad blaze with a cute dish face and one white sock on his hind left, the same leg with his brand (which tells you where he was born and who his parents were). Major has a star and stripe with a slight roman nose and a white sock on his hind left as well. Jasper is shyer but can be a little sassy once you get to know him, whereas Major is more serious and dedicated to his work but loves to stand and get attention from his humans and to pose for a camera.

Both horses were a bit reserved when they arrived, but they soon found their place. Jasper and Major both started their introduction to Little Bits program in the winter of 2019 where Major was a star, but Jasper needed a bit more work reassuring him. Both horses are being ridden in the Little Bits program with suitable riders and are being used to help new riders learn solid basics in riding where a lifetime under the saddle helps everyone. You will find Jasper and Major live together in a paddock and like all the other horses we use in this program, have a diet specially designed for them.

Jaycie

Jaycie is a dun Quarter Horse mare that was born April 25, 2001 and arrived July 13, 2018. Jaycie started with Little Bits in the fall 2018 and has been slowly integrated into the program. Jaycie is currently being used by more independent riders and the leaders find her very responsive to anything asked. Jaycie can be ridden both English and Western.

Sa Kasanova (aka: Kassidy)

Sa Kasanova is otherwise known as Kassidy, is a registered Arabian gelding that has an alluring appeal that draws you to him. This classy chestnut has four white socks that likes to keep clean and a white blaze that helps captivate you. Like most Arabians, Kassidy is very curious and will come over and greet you at the fence or in the field. Born in May 2001, Kassidy is now 20 years old this year (2021). Kassidy lived with his horse mom from the age of 4 to15 years and then was donated and arrived at Whitemud in the fall of 2016. He was then introduced into the WELCA lessons where he thrived in all the lessons formats. Kassidy has a foster mom that looks after his extra needs and cares.

It was not until the winter session in 2020 that Little Bits started to use Kassidy in the lessons where he found a new following with his popularity. Kassidy does like his riders to keep engaged and is willing to perform the movements but only when asked correctly and will always try his best. His small stature and wider frame make him easy to ride. Kassidy’s best friend is Remy, and you can often find them in the field snoozing together. Kassidy does love horse treats but because he is such an easy keeper, is not allowed any snacks.

Luke

Luke was born in 2002 and is a grey Percheron-Fjord cross who has the passion to teach riders and others that big horses have big hearts too. Luke has buckets of energy and a bouncy trot which all riders love but he can also be very patient when required. Luke is a favorite with leaders but you must keep Luke walking straight or he will lean right on you. Luke loves to pose for photos and will come up and say hi to anyone that comes to visit him but please.... NO treats. Luke is on a special diet.

Major

In 2018, Jasper and Major arrived at Whitemud facility from a ranch where they worked, did trail riding and were pack horses. Both are chestnut gelding that were born in 1999 (which makes them 22 years old in 2021). They are quiet, well behaved but have very distinctive looks and personalities that set them apart. Jasper has a broad blaze with a cute dish face and one white sock on his hind left, the same leg with his brand (which tells you where he was born and who his parents were). Major has a star and stripe with a slight roman nose and a white sock on his hind left as well. Jasper is shyer but can be a little sassy once you get to know him, whereas Major is more serious and dedicated to his work but loves to stand and get attention from his humans and to pose for a camera.

Both horses were a bit reserved when they arrived, but they soon found their place. Jasper and Major both started their introduction to Little Bits program in the winter of 2019 where Major was a star, but Jasper needed a bit more work reassuring him. Both horses are being ridden in the Little Bits program with suitable riders and are being used to help new riders learn solid basics in riding where a lifetime under the saddle helps everyone. You will find Jasper and Major live together in a paddock and like all the other horses we use in this program, have a diet specially designed for them.

Mandy

Of all the horses at Whitemud, Mandy is one that will stay in your mind. She is not the most beautiful horse, she does not have a colour that will stand out and she is not the smoothest ride on the property, but Mandy has that one thing we want all horses to have. A firm commitment to her rider. Mandy is a horse that will always try to give you 110% and more. She loves her job, and she loves to be appreciated by those that are honoured to ride her.

Mandy is a bay mare that was born in 1996 and is 25 years old this year (2021), but you would never know how old she really is. Mandy had an accident when she was a filly which resulted in bone damage in horse nose area, you can see the broken nose when she is in the field. Mandy was donated to Whitemud from a show barn in October 2011 and began her next journey to teach youngster in the WELCA programs the basic to all riders and she flourished with her new role. Mandy was then introduced into the Little Bits program where she was match with independent and dependent riders and they are truly devoted to her and love her completely. Mandy’s walk stride can be so big that she can often out-walk another horse with ease.

Mandy was voted “Outstanding Horse of the Year” by the Albert Equestrian Federation in 2019 and we could not be prouder of this fine mare. So, if you see Mandy standing in the field with her friends, remember how much this horse has done in her lifetime and how much more she still wants to do in the future to come. We all love you Mandy.

https://www.albertaequestrian.com/2019-provincial-award-recipients-announced/

Hawaiian Holiday (aka: Maui)

Maui is a sweet Quarter Horse chestnut gelding that was born in 2007. In his past life, Maui was in movies to teach actors how to ride and was trained to not spook around other animals. Maui arrived in Oct 2020 and soon after, joined the Whitemud lessons. Seeing how good he behaved, Maui joined the Little Bits program on Sunday with riders that matched his personality. We will see how well Maui does in the spring classes.

Big Mike (aka: Mike)

Mike (aka: Big Mike) is a large bay Welsh Cob gelding that was born June 1, 2002 and arrived July 13, 2018. Mike joined Little Bits in the fall of 2018. Mike is a very curious horse that responds very well to his riders and leaders. Because Mike is only 14 hh, this enables side-walkers easier access to their rider but Mike's wide girth in his barrel allows taller riders the ability to ride without feeling too big. 

Jack Royal Mystery (aka: Popeye)

Do you know Jacks Royal Mystery? Well, you should… this is Popeye… and he is fantastic? This chestnut gelding arrived at Whitemud in 2004 and became a fast favorite with independent riders in the WELCA program and in our Little Bits program. Popeye was born in 1996 which makes him 25 years old this year (2021), but you would never know it by looking at him.

When you touch Popeyes hair, it feels like a soft baby blanket. Being a chestnut, it is always best to only use the softest brushes, or you will end up with a grumpy horse. When being ridden, Popeye’s rides know what a remarkable western jog he has and anyone leading Popeye knows to always give him plenty of room. Those of us who work with him, love him and all his playful ways.

Rizzo

Have you ever met Rizzo or worked with her? Those that have worked with her know that she is a very special mare. She is very, very patient and kind and because of this has some of the more difficult riders on her. She doesn't mind having a side-walker beside her and is very honest with her leader and rider. Rizzo wears hoof boots outdoors so that she doesn't get ouchy on stones while on trails or when the class goes out onto Keillor Road.

Rizzo was born in 1996 which makes her a senior horse (25 years old in 2021) and requires a bit more care because of this. Her mom does a terrific job making sure Rizzo gets all the special gifts and treats that she needs.

If you do get to work with Rizzo please remember that she loves soft talking and soft brushes.

Secret

Do you want to know a little Secret at Whitemud? Well, she is a flea-bitten grey Arabian mare that is pony size in height and has a heart of gold. She might be small, but with her quick stride she can keep up with most horses. Secret was born in 1998 which makes her 23 years old this year (2021), but you would never know it for all the sass. With her previous family, Secret was an endurance horse who was also versatile in jumping and dressage before she arrived with a been there done that frame of mind.

Since arriving at Whitemud in March 2019 when she was donated, Secret was started in the Whitemud classes where she participated in more advanced classes then began to be used in beginner classes. She then moved right into the Little Bits program where she has found her own following. Secret loves to cuddle and eat treats and is an attention seeker who will call back when you say her name in the field. Being grey, one of her favorite things to do is roll in the mud and get nice and dirty for her foster mom who then must clean her off just to roll again. 

Steel

Steel is a beautiful large grey gelding that was born in 1994, making him 27 years old in 2021. He arrived at Whitemud in March 2014 where he was slowly integrated into the WELCA program. Steel soon had his own fan base where he helped them learn so much from all his previous training.

Being a grey horse, Steel has one flaw. He loves to get dirty, and nothing does that better than a dirt or mud roll. That’s OK, his riders and the volunteers all make sure to give Steel a good thorough brushing before lessons start.

Steel was introduced into the Little Bits program shortly after and due to his size, was matched with riders that were independent so that the riders could work with Steel closely in lessons with leaders only helping when needed. Being smooth gaited, Steel helps his riders at both the walk and trot doing patterns, direction changes and other activities both indoors and outdoor and helps his riders achieve more confidence. Steel will pose for photos with his riders, and he loves a nice gentle scratch on his neck when he has done well.

Treasure

Treasure was born in 1997 and is a 15 hh Seal Brown Morgan gelding that has lots of pizzazz. Little Bits bought Treasure from a former rider who needed a new horse that has skills for the next level of competition. Treasure is a treat for leaders and his long stride keeps riders engaged. We are very honoured to have Treasure in our program. If you are looking for him in a field look for his dapples.

Sparky

Sparky is the new stable cat. He is also an orange tabby, neutered and has a very strict diet so that he does his job of hunting the mice. We ask that if you do meet with Sparky, patting is OK but treats are not.

Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association

Charitable Number: 11902 – 1277 RR0001

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