DOB: 3/23/06

Joined the Herd: 1/5/19

Breed: Paint (APHA)

Sex: Gelding

Color: Black and White

Sonny is a cute APHA registered horse… just pony sized.  This sweet gelding had a small mom but he turned out even smaller. Sonny is only 13.2 hands high but has a big horse mind.  He joined our herd 1/5/19 and will be introduced into our lesson program.


DOB: 1/1/2011

Joined the Herd: 12/1/18

Breed: POA/QH cross

Sex: Mare

Color: Red Roan Appaloosa

Rain is a red roan grade POA mare born in 2010.  She was previously used as a lesson horse and trail horse.  She will be used in our lesson program and evaluated for suitability as a therapeutic riding horse.


DOB: 5/28/02

Joined the Herd: 11/11/18

Breed: Double Registered AQHA and PHBA

Sex: Mare

Color: Palomino

Goldie “ILB Step N Gold” was originally trained for reining and her prior owner primarily used her for trail riding.  She is used in our Western, English and Jumping lessons.


DOB: 4/18/2003

Joined the Herd: 11/11/18

Breed: APHA Paint

Sex: Gelding

Color: Tricolored tobiano paint

A Little Too Much aka “Lilbit” is an all-around horse. Prior to coming to HfH he’d been a trail horse as well as a lesson horse.  He is used in Western, English, Jumping and Therapeutic lessons.

Horses for Hope Celebrates 15 Years!

Horses for Hope will be celebrating 15 years of service this June!!  We will be holding this celebration event on June 16, 2018 from 6 PM till 10 PM at our facility (2909 Banks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603).  ALL folks who have had some connection with Horses for Hope, whether you were or are currently a volunteer, donor, therapeutic riding family, or in our riding lessons are invited to come to this free event.  We will have live music from the band 2Digh4, food and fun.  We will provide the dinner meats (smoked pig, chicken and hot dogs) and we will ask some folks to bring a side dish and desserts. Due to the number of folks that HfH has served over the years we MUST have everyone who plans to attend to RSVP via this link – – so we can be sure we have enough to feed everyone.  This will be a fun family event – come fellowship with all of us!!

Snowdrop of Lexlin

DOB: 1/1/2008

Joined the Herd: April 20, 2018

Breed: Gypsy Vanner

Sex: Mare

Color: White/Black

Snowdrop is a Gypsy Vanner horse that was awarded to Horses for Hope from the LexLin Gypsy Ranch through their Gypsy Gift Horse program for PATH Int’l Therapeutic Riding centers.  Snowdrop is sweet as can be and LOVES to be with people.  She was born in 2008 in Wales, UK and shipped to the US in 2009.  She is used in Western and Therapeutic Riding Lessons.



DOB: 1/1/2010

Joined the Herd: December 2017

Breed: APHA Paint

Sex: Gelding

Color: Black and white paint

Pete is a black and white overo paint. He is used in our able-bodied riding program


DOB: 1/1/2002

Joined the Herd: December 2017

Breed: Quarter Horse

Sex: Mare

Color: Bay

Ellie was was previously a ranch horse and came to us from Alabama.  She is a beautiful bay with a bald face and 4 white socks.  She is used in Western, English, Jumping and Therapeutic lessons.



DOB: 1/1/11
Joined the Herd: May 2017
Breed: Welsh Pony
Sex: Mare
Color: Bay Strawberry Roan

Spirit is a mischievous guy always looking to create trouble with Rocky – especially at feeding time.  When he first arrived he turned into a nippy kind of pony so the behavior sent him into our horsemanship training program to give him a better understanding about how he is to respect humans and their space. He is used in Western, English and Jumping lessons.


DOB: 1/1/2013

Joined the Herd: 2016

Breed: Miniature Horse

Sex: Gelding

Color: Buttermilk Buckskin

Cooper was a rescue in reverse!  This miniature horse was extremely obese when he came to us in the summer of 2016.  In the first picture below you can see the wrinkles in his neck slightly turned – he was so fat he could not reach his side to get a fly. Cooper was also a cryptorchid stallion when he came to Horses for Hope. The surgery for gelding a cryptorchid stallion is $1,000 but the NCSU Veterinary School took him on as a teaching project for their students and he was successfully gelded at no cost to us. Thank you NSCU Vet School!

He is handsome now!