Equine Therapy Team

We are a team of passionate dreamers, doers, and changemakers. We pride ourselves on having professional team members who work together to bring healing, provide safety, and deliver hope to the people we serve.

Penny

Penny

Equine Therapy Team

Penny devoted her final years in this world to Equine Therapy. She was a shining example of self-regulation, patience and resilience. While she is no longer with us, her self-control and willing attitude have influenced every human and horse on the property. She came to Molly at the age of 28 with her pasture mate, Sebastian. She was an ever-present rock in the herd and an example of what it means to be a leader. She was quietly assertive in a way that gave comfort to her herd and to the individuals who sought healing through equine therapy. At 32, Penny left this earth. RIP Penny Poo, you will be missed and the example you set will carry on.

Sebastian

Sebastian

Equine Therapy Team

Sebastian is 24 and he came to Molly with the love of his life, Penny. He is a big softy who tends to bury his nervous and unsure nature. Because Sebastian has such a sensitive soul, his large reactions clarify how burying your emotions can create a larger issue. Sebastian is particularly good at helping individuals learn to cope with their fears. Since Penny’s death, Sebastian has adopted much of her nature readjusting to be a safer leader for Coco. He is an example of how we not only adjust following the loss of a loved one but how we can carry them with us in that adjustment. 

Coco

Coco

Equine Therapy Team

Coco started work with Molly when she was being boarded at the barn. When she came up for sale, Molly couldn’t bear to give her up and she was officially added to the therapy herd. Coco is in her mid-20’s and has an old injury to her leg that keeps her from being ridden. This injury does not keep her from living to the fullest and creates an amazing example of resilience and acceptance. She has a timid and sweet disposition that invites a lot of attention. She is very good when working with small energetic children. She can also be depended on to help clients identify where they are stuck in their life when we are doing activities.

Pushy

Pushy

Equine Therapy Team

Pushy is a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking mare who came to Molly with her daughter, Pretzel.  In her previous life, Pushy was shown and ridden on the trail. Pushy is the horse most often utilized for rhythmic riding where her long swinging gate is beneficial to assisting clients with bottom up regulation and building new connections in the brain. On the ground, Pushy is very good at helping individuals identify negative coping behaviors, disassociation and the need to self-regulate.

Pretzel

Pretzel

Equine Therapy Team

Pretzel is a four-year-old Tennessee Walking mare and loves to be everybody’s sweetheart. Her playful and expressive nature is best seen in the arena when she interacts with creations.  Due to her age, she is the equivalent of a teenager and is often relatable in that way. This is demonstrated by temper tantrums, sullen behavior, pouting and acting out.  Pretzel can be counted on to stand quietly when she is receiving your undivided attention and to stir things up when she is not getting the attention she craves.

Scooter

Scooter

Equine Therapy Team

Scooter was found on Craig’s list as an 8-year-old. Now ten, Scooter is a pro at doing what he wants in sessions. Scooter can be very playful or very standoffish depending on the situation and his mood that day.  He has a curious nature and has been known to play with objects and individuals in the arena.  As a miniature horse, Scooter is small but don’t tell him that because this character is 100% sure he is the biggest horse on the property.

Samson

Samson

Equine Therapy Team

Samson was found in a kill pen in Dallas by Diana who was heading there to rescue a different horse. Molly didn’t hesitate to rescue him. After getting him safely home, it was determined he had a very serious case of pleuropneumonia and he had to spend a week at the veterinarian’s office. After two months of stall rest and recovery, Samson’s personality started to show. This gentle giant has worked hard to overcome his fear of things on the ground. He is a great example of resilience and bravery in his willingness to move past his fears and trust people again. His favorite things are attention and food. He has a soft spot for teenagers and is the model of stoic support while in sessions.

Toby

Toby

Equine Therapy Team

Molly Rafferty found Toby in a shelter on Facebook about six years ago. He has made it his job to greet everyone who arrives at the arena with enthusiasm and much wiggling. Toby is the class clown and brings to session the joy of simple things that people often overlook. His timing in session as comic relief and silent support is amazing and a benefit to the facilitation team. 

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