Breed: Norwegian Fjord
Color: Brown Dun
Height: 13.1 hands
The Wilson W. Phelps Foundation
Fun Facts: The Fjord horse is one of the world’s oldest breeds, first having been domesticated by the Vikings over 4000 years ago. Fjords unique coloring make them easy to spot. Most Fjord horses are brown dun in color and have beautifully unique zebra stripes. These stripes appear on their legs and a dorsal stripe runs from the forelock, down the neck and back into the tail. Fjords a small, athletic breed and have an outstanding temperament making our Maggie a rock star at Tara's Chance!
Breed: Hafflinger Pony
Height: 12.1 hands
Tim and Laryn Nolan
Fun Facts: Though tiny this pony is loaded with personality. A real snuggler but can be a “rascal” just like his namesake. In memoriam of Ryan Nolan.
Breed: Miniature Donkey
Height: 9.5 hands
A miniature donkey is affectionate, playful and kind of comical to be around. They are by nature people loving and known to develop lasting bonds with humans. Our Oliver is no exception. The intelligence of the miniature donkey is well documented. They are thinking, reasoning and easily trained creatures. At a mature height of 36” and under their small size makes them easy to handle for both adults and children. Be sure to say hello to Oliver when you visit, he’ll appreciate it!
Height: 14 hands
The Haflinger is a hardy and friendly breed of horse that can be traced in origin back to Austria and Italy. First brought to the US in 1958 by Tempel Farms in Illinois the Haflinger has become a favorite breed for therapeutic horseback riding programs. Haflingers are well known for being people-lovers. This can be traced back to their farm work living with families in the mountainsides of Europe. A Haflinger would typically spend time pulling plows, as well as being playmates for the farmer’s children. This close relationship with the whole family over many decades has helped the breed become a very social creature with a wonderful temperament. It is no surprise that the world of therapeutic horseback riding has chosen the Hafflinger as one of our favorite breeds. Tara’s Chance is proud to have Bailey in our barn!
Breed: 1/2 Hafflinger 1/2 Percheron Pony
Color: Dark Bay
Height: 12.2 hands
A horse under 12.2 hands in height is considered a pony. Ponies are just small horses with thicker manes, proportionally shorter legs, bigger necks and shorter heads. However smaller, pound for pound ponies are stronger than the taller horse. Riley, while not the tallest horse in the barn she' s arguably the cutest.
Height: 14 hands
Fun Facts: Haflingers are known for their distinctive coloring – white, untrimmed manes and tails accent their golden chestnut-colored bodies but it is their attitude that makes them stand out. They are people-friendly, curious and easy to care for. Above all, versatility dominates Haflinger style. They can pack up to 300 pounds or be used for western and trail riding, endurance riding, dressage and jumping. They also make the perfect “therapist” for special needs therapeutic riding.
In Loving Memory of Willow
Sponsored by: Miracle Foundation Fund at the Orange County Community Foundation
Willow was the second horse to be purchased by Tara’s Chance in 2014. She was short in statue for an Arabian and extremely calm mannered for the breed. This combination made her a wonderful addition to our program and an excellent therapy horse. She served in the program for six years before retiring. During her time providing lessons in our program, she served over 30 riders and provided 730 hours of therapeutic riding lessons. After retiring from the program, Willow continued to serve at Tara’s Chance by being cared for by our students and providing a calming presence. Willow passed away in October 2021 and we will all miss her.