Caring for our Partners - Running W
Horse Sponsorship Program
Each member of our herd has a very unique personality, but they all share traits in common that make them ideal for serving the participants in our therapeutic riding and veteran's programs. Horses that succeed in these roles tend to be between 10 and 20 years old and have a solid foundation of training and experience. They’re also kind and patient by nature, less reactive than the average horse, and in good health with sound walk, trot and canter movement – especially important for rider with physical challenges.
Running W Therapeutic Riding Center's horses serve approximately 100 clients during the year in our therapeutic riding and veteran's programs. Running W Therapeutic Riding Center horse sponsorship program provides the funds to support the yearly cost of caring for our horses and helps underwrite feed, shavings, horseshoes, veterinary care, tack, stall management, and other indirect costs such as utilities, facilities maintenance, training and exercise for these wonderful animals. In return, our horses offer the highest quality performance for our participants. A win-win!
Sponsorships are available to individuals, companies, clubs, or any other organization.
Sponsorships are fully tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)(3). You or your organization will receive benefits for your generosity by acknowledging your support on our website, hanging your banner in our arena at all RWTRC events along with a link to your business.
You can sponsor one of our therapy horses for $225 a month or in increments totaling $2,700 per year. These funds help pay for hay, grain, shoes, supplements, veterinarian care and medication for our beloved horses.
Or you can contribute towards…
Shoes/Trim (8 times/year) – $90/40
Teeth Floating – $150
Vaccinations – $100
De-Worming – $25
Chiropractic/Body work (3 sessions)-$270
M E E T O U R H E R D
Boaz is a 13 year old mustang gelding. He is 14.3 hands and has been at Running W Ranch since he was 2 years old. A nautral leader, he is at the top of the totem pole in his herd. He has been a fantastic trail horse since the age of 3. When he is not on a trail ride, his passion putting smiles on the faces of those in our therapeutic riding programs. Boaz means "strength of the Lord," and this is evident in our boy. He is incredibly intuitive and carries his precious cargo very carefully week after week.
Brewin is a 12 year old registered buckskin quarter horse. He is
16 hands talland has been at Running W Ranch since he was 2 years old. He is an amazing trail horse, smooth and super fast if you let him run. He is passionate about therapeutic riding. He loves the kids and going through obstacle courses with them. He likes to make kids laugh by picking up cones and tossing balls with his mouth.
Beau is a 13 year old paint gelding. He is 15.2 hands and has been at Running W Ranch since he was a 2 year old. He loves trail riding. He is a wonderful therapy horse and lesson horse. His favorite thing after a class or lesson is a bath. He is very slow and careful with his riders.
Marge is a 15 year old Belgian/Haflinger draft paint mare. She is 15.2 hands of equal parts sweet and sassy. She is known around the ranch as Large Marge. She is a crowd favorite because of her big brown eyes sweet face. Marge loves trail riding and therapeutic riding. Her ears perk up when she hears the kids laughing and having fun. She is a favorite with the veterans when it comes to playing soccer. Marge was donated to Running W Ranch in 2012.
Tango is a 24 year old Paint gelding. He is 16 hands and is our "tried and true" go to horse. He is wonderful with any rider whether in a riding lesson or therapeutic riding class. He stays in gait and knows how to do pretty much anything asked of him. He was retired due to arthritis in his shoulder but still had so much to offer, so he was donated to us in 2013 after spending years in the western pleasure show ring and on precarious North Idaho mountain trails.
Bugs is a 22 year old grulla quarter horse. He is 16.1 hands and is one of our best therapeutic riding horses. He has faithfully carried people on miles and miles of trails in his life. Cyndie's best friend owned him since he was 5 years old. They made a promise to take care of each other's horse if anything were to happen. Bugs came to us in 2016 after Cyndie's friend passed away. It blesses us to care for him, and he is a wonderful of reminder how precious life is.
Stoney was born in 2014 on the Hardtrigger HMA in southern Idaho. In July of 2019, Don and Cyndie brought him home to Running W. Stoney has been used in our veterans program, WildFreedom. He is very intelligent and his personality makes him a fun horse to work with. He adjusted to riding very well, and the fourth time he was ever ridden was a trail ride! He is a superstar.
Wyatt is another resident mustang, and has recently been started under saddle. He is an introverted horse and was used extensively in our last WildFreedom class. He is currently being used in our stewardship program with one of our WildFreedom graduates.
Earl "The Squirrel"
Earl "The Squirrel" is hoped to one day be Earl "The Pearl," in the words of Cyndie Wilstie. Earl was born in the Pancake HMA in 2016, and adopted by Don and Cyndie in 2018. He is the smallest horse we have at Running W, which makes him ideal for our therapeutic riding program. We joke around that Earl is a golden retreiver puppy in a horse's body. He loves people, scratches, and attention. Despite his short legs, Earl rides very well and has a smooth gait.
Cheeto was born in 2014 at the Divide Basin HMA. He has been used in our WildFreedom program extensively and his quiet demeanor is attractive to many. He has a very introverted personality and can best be described as simply "stoic."
Hondo was born in 2011 in the Beauty's Butte HMA. Don and Cyndie adopted him in August 2018, and he is used as Don's personal saddle horse. He was one of the more difficult horses to start and gentle, but now is one of our most dependable horses.
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