equine partners for our mitey riders

Mitey Horses //

What it means to be a mitey equine

Job Description //

Our horses are the heart (and legs!) of our program. Mitey Riders currently is home to several equine therapists, each with a unique personality. It takes a special equine to be able to do this job. They have the ability to not only trust their instructors but listen to their leaders and their riders. Many of our riders are not equally balanced on the left and right side of their bodies and our horses help them adjust and gain coordination and balance.

Our horses perform with the highest degree of patience, love and ability, and provide the perfect partner for our riders to grow, learn, rehabilitate and simply experience joy in the saddle. 


Buddy is a “been there, done that” kind of horse that takes his job very seriously. He has taught many people how to ride and jump through a course in the hunter ring. He is enjoying his second career at Mitey Riders.




Our beloved Chuck…he has been a foundation pony in our program for many years. He used to take many children through their pony show years and now adores his riders in our Mitey Rider program. He is most definitely a crowd favorite for his sweet and loving personality.

Morgan Cross Pony



Clover was an eventing pony before coming to Mitey Riders and she has been a solid and steady ride for many of our riders. Her wide stature from her Quarter Horse/Paint bloodlines creates an unwavering ride for our riders that are unsure of their balance.

Paint Pony


Dennis (a.k.a. Dennis the Menace) is a barn favorite around here for his personality and his funny pony antics. He has a “seen the world” type personality and likes to have fun. He is a great next step for our riders that are ready for a more independent ride.

Pony Cross


Dooree is also a barn favorite! As you can see, her distinctive breed and awesome hair-do give her an unforgettable look. Not only do her looks make a statement, but her sweet disposition and character do as well. She is so patient and kind with all of her riders.

Norwegian Fjord


Leo is a “steady-Eddie.” He has the build to be able to carry our riders that need extra support and also the personality to match. He is more of a horse than any of us could ask for and he seems to enjoy his job. He spent many years taking children through the show ring and now spends his days doing his best work here at Mitey Riders.

American Paint


“Oliver Twist” is Ollie’s official name and we think it fits him so well. He is well known in the program for his great size and unique coloring. Due to the Rocky Mountain Horse bloodlines, his coloring is actually called “Champagne Chocolate.” His riders just love his sweet personality.

Rocky Mountain Horse X Welsh Pony



P.T.’s official name is “Party Time” and his personality exudes just that! He is the newest member of our herd and has enjoyed his job so far. Although he is new and small, he is Mitey in his own way. His riders love this all black, bundle of fun!

Shetland Pony



Raider has been with our program for many years and he is currently the biggest in our herd, standing at a Mitey 16.3 hands tall! Even with his size, his riders absolutely adore him. Raider is a steady, strong and sweet ride. He also exudes the same traits to all of his volunteers and they love him for it.

Cleveland Bay


Ripple is a kind soul that has enjoyed his new job as a Mitey Equine. In his former career, he took many riders successfully through the jumping ring. He has taken on his new job at Mitey Riders with great grace and loves his riders. He is very intuitive and steps up to his rider’s ability in the saddle.



Sofia is a sweet and careful pony. She makes a point in each ride to care for her riders and ride to their ability. She is always looking out for their best interest. Riders and volunteers alike love her for her patience and kind heart.

Pony Cross


Spike is our resident “Thelwell Pony.” If you know anything about the cartoon, he exudes the comic and stocky pony’s personality, looks, and heart! Our riders love him for just that. And fun fact, but he is actually Dooree’s brother…at least, they have the same owner!

Paint Pony


Sugar has been with us for many years. Her riders adore her for her cute looks, size and personality. Sugar’s name fits her quite well. She has the ability to adjust to her rider’s needs and is very intuitive. She is great for our first-time riders and our more independent small riders.

Shetland Pony



Sundance is absolutely wonderful. He hasn’t been with Mitey Riders for very long but absolutely fits right in. His size and stature provides for many riders’ needs. He has “seen the world” in his previous career in the quarter horse show ring and has used that experience in his new job as a Mitey Rider!

Quarter Horse


Can your horse be a mitey equine?

Become a

Part of Our Herd //

The ideal therapy horse is sound, has an unflappable temperament and patient demeanor. Our horses have come from many different backgrounds, including show horses, school horses and family pets. If you have a horse (or horses) you’d like us to consider, please read our therapy horse criteria below to see if your horse fits the bill! 

Application and lease agreement are linked below and on our Forms & Downloads page

Each horse leased to Mitey Riders must:

  • Be unflappable (nothing bothers them)
  • Have full and complete vision
  • Have a solid, strong back
  • Be forgiving of an inexperienced and unbalanced rider
  • Be between 8 and 18 years of age
  • Be completely sound in all four limbs.
  • Have a free-moving stride at the walk, trot, and canter and with smooth gait transitions
  • Be well trained under saddle to respond to all four aids: hands, feet, seat and voice
  • Be comfortable around a variety of people
  • Be comfortable at a tie rail

Any records or additional information that you may have, such as registration papers, health records, photos, and awards would be very helpful.

If Mitey Riders initially approves a horse being considered for lease, the horse will be brought to Misty Meadows for a trial period that may last up to ninety days before officially being accepted into the program.

On behalf of all our riders, thank you for your interest in placing your horse at Misty Meadows Mitey Riders. It is only through the generosity of people like you that our riders can achieve remarkable accomplishments and experience the joy of riding a horse.

Lease Application


Lease Agreement


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