Kent Special Riding Program
KSRP has 9-12 horses. Our horses are carefully screened for temperament and suitability for the program. All of our horses have been donated or are on loan to the program.
We are currently searching for a gentle draft horse, 17 hands or less, in good health for donation or loan.
Ruby, a 15-year-old Percheron, came to KSRP in September of 2001. She was donated by Brian Doyle, owner of King Milling and a faithful Ride-a-Thon sponsor and KSRP supporter. As a draft horse, Ruby was able to handle our largest riders, but her gentle disposition made her a favorite mount for many people. She took her job seriously and nurtured every rider.
In 2009, at age 23, Ruby developed Ringbone, a painful arthritis of the front feet. Her condition was managed with painkillers through the summer and fall, but by November, her pain was to the point that euthanasia was the most humane choice. The Board, Instructors and Aides made the difficult but unanimous decision to have Ruby euthanized.
Ruby faithfully served KSRP for 8 years and has been greatly missed. Since Ruby's death, our other horses have taken turns carrying our heavier riders. We have been searching for another draft or draft-cross to add to our herd, but have not found one. The students know there is a hole in our “barn” where Ruby was and can’t wait to fill it with another worthy mount they can spoil and love.
If you know of someone who would be willing to loan or donate a draft-type horse, 17 hands or less with a gentle disposition to KSRP, please call Lynn at (616) 891-8066.