Our Horses

Our horses are co-laborers in fulfilling our mission. Currently, we have eight horses in the program as well as two miniature horses and one miniature donkey who work with our school groups. Each of our horses has a unique personality, just like our riders.

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie is a Quarter Horse who is owned by the Pepper family in Zeeland and is on loan to Renew. He is in his mid-twenties, and loves all people. His past career consisted of working with children in 4H, and doing a lot of trail riding (which he still really loves!) We are so grateful to have Charlie as part of the Renew herd, and he thrives in his work. He is often the go-to guy for new or timid riders, and he takes care of them all.

Twilight

Twilight

Twilight is the smaller miniature horse, with loving eyes and a sweet disposition. She is owned by the Rozema family, and lives with her best friend Cooper. She loves to come over with her friends for school groups and camps, and is the perfect size for students in wheelchairs to interact with and groom. Her gentle demeanor and small size make her a perfect addition to the herd.

Cooper

Cooper

Cooper is a miniature donkey, owned by the Rozema family. He and Twilight are best friends and hate to be separated. You can sometimes hear his loud bray, which can be heard far and wide. Like any typical light colored equine, he loves to be dirty. His main job at Renew is to greet and be handled and groomed by children in school groups, who all fall in love with him. He is patient, willing, and occasionally stubborn.

Zen

Zen

Zen came to Renew in May, 2015. He is a Thoroughbred, who spent most of his life as a school horse at an eventing barn in Indiana. He enjoys his job at Renew, and is especially loved by the adults that he gets to serve. He remembers quite a bit of his past dressage training, and loves to show off when given the chance. As the “alpha” in the herd, he protects the others in the pasture and is the first to notice changes in the environment. Zen has been in many horse shows throughout his life, and we have even taken him to some shows where people approached us because they knew him from his past with his show name “Zen’s Blind Date.” We love our Zen!

Silk

Silk

Silk joined the Renew herd in March, 2016. She is owned by Melissa Conner, and has worked as a therapy horse for over 10 years and been in two other therapeutic riding programs. As a Morgan–Friesian Cross, her big movement in spite of her small size make her an ideal mount for many students. Silk is in her early twenties, although you would never know it as she has more forward energy than many younger horses. She is registered with the US Dressage Federation as “Silk N’ Sapphires.”

Pizzazz

Pizzazz

Pizzazz came to Renew with her equine “sister,” Honey, in 2016. Also owned by Kim Juergen, Pizzazz had previously lived at Rusty Spurs before being adopted by Kim. Pizzazz was once abandoned when her family moved out of state, and Kim took her in to be a family pet. Pizzazz’s size and temperament make her a good fit for many students at Renew, and we are so thankful that Kim agreed to share her with us. Her splash of color makes her stand out among our dark-colored herd, and her students love her for her spunky personality.

Nobie

Nobie

Nobie moved to Michigan from Virginia with mom, Melissa Conner, in 2013, and has been a therapy horse for his entire lifetime. Amish-bred to pull carts, he adapted to the job of helping riders with disabilities as a young four year old and has never looked back. He has now worked in two therapeutic riding programs, and is our especially fond of working with riders in our day camps. He is easily recognized by his Fabio-like flaxen mane. Like Lizzy, he is obsessed with grass (it’s like chocolate to him).

Lizzy

Lizzy

Lizzy is an adorable Haflinger mare, owned by the Rozema family, who lives next door at Rusty Spurs. Lizzy is in her teens and has taught many children in the Holland area how to ride. She is a favorite for our smaller riders, as long as they can wrap their legs around her wide barrel (typical for Haffies). Lizzy’s favorite thing in the world is GRASS! She is tempted to dive for her “salad” fix when on a trail ride.

Honey

Honey

Honey came to Renew in 2016. She is owned by Kim Juergen, who also owns Pizzazz. Kim was kind enough to share her horses with Renew as the program was growing, and Honey was a natural fit to therapeutic riding. Honey quickly became a go-to favorite, as she is the first to greet visitors in the barn with her unique “smile” and her silly personality. Honey was orphaned as a foal, and actually prefers the company of humans often more than other horses. She proudly won the honor of being a Runner-Up as Horse of the Year in 2017 through Hope in the Saddle due to her relationship with a special rider, Janet Rogers.

Dailee

Dailee

Dailee joined Renew in December, 2016, and came to us from Lundington, MI. She is owned by Kelly Leikert, and we are so grateful to have her. Dailee is a Morgan in her late teens, and her best friend is her pasture mate, Silk. After spending her career showing through the high school equestrian program, she has taken to her role as a therapy horse with a great deal of enthusiasm. Dailee loves children, and has a heart of gold. If she is not in a lesson, she will often stand by the gate or fence and watch intently (she does not like to be left out of the fun).

Daisy

Daisy

Owned by our neighbors, the Guerink family, Daisy joins Cooper and Twilight as part of the school group mini-power team. Daisy has been trained to pull a cart, but most days prefers being groomed and handled through simple obstacle courses to help Renew’s students learn horsemanship skills. We are so grateful to have her at Renew!

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