Dark Bay QH gelding born in 1996. He stands 16hh.
Donated to the program by Melissa Thorndyke and sponsored by the Osin Foundation
In any situation, Rio has an affectionate and laid-back personality, perfect for riders who need a quiet friend and smooth pace to help facilitate their balance and confidence.
Rio’s background as a show and lesson horse makes him well-suited to the CARD program. His narrow stature and smooth gaits make him a top choice for the children and small adult classes, and his natural empathy for his riders makes him a good partner to riders working hard to master motor control.
This gorgeous and kind gelding flew through his training period, easily adjusting to all the new props and activities which are part of the CARD program. Throughout his training, Rio found all of our class props to be quite uninspiring though he thoroughly inspected the nubbly balls, spiky rings and flower bunches with his mouth in case they were food in disguise!
If you’re lucky you may catch him reviewing flag training when he works with 4 at a time moving like a helicopter rotor high overhead! In the classes, we expect Rio will excel at being a therapy schoolmaster.
Rio enjoys having a group of horsey and human friends, and is always willing to make new friends so long as they bring mints! He is the current king of Paddock 1A and surprised everyone by easily overcoming Maggie’s aspirations to the crown. She is quite enamored of our darkly handsome boy!
Affectionate and always up for a bubble bath and some pampering, Rio is a wonderful addition to CARD.