September LoveWay Horse of the Month: Elsa

by Caitlyn Andrews September 02, 2016

Therapy Horse of the Month September 2016

LoveWay featured equine assisted therapy horse of the month is a beautiful Haflinger mare named Elsa. 13-year-old Elsa has been at LoveWay for about a year but is now just getting into the program. She has a lot of potential and loves kids! Keep reading to find out more about this little mare that has already made a big impression at LoveWay.

Halflinger Therapy Horse at LoveWay

Meet Elsa- the LoveWay featured therapy horse of the month for September 2016.

Elsa's Accident

Elsa joined the LoveWay staff in November 2015 at the end of the fall semester. Unfortunately, she had a setback and didn't get to start in classes until this summer. She injured herself on a gate latch in February this year and had to wait for her chest wound to heal before she could begin her job as a therapy horse in the spring. She was able to participate in summer camp and was partnered with a girl who fell in love with her sweet personality.

Little Mare with a Big Personality

It's eLoveWay featured equine assisted therapy horse of the month is a beautiful Haflinger mare named Elsa. 13-year-old Elsa has been at LoveWay for about a year but is now just getting into the program. She has a lot of potential and loves kids! Keep reading to find out more about this little mare that has already made a big impression at LoveWay.asy to fall for Elsa. She's a sweet mare with a big personality. She's very curious and always alert. Her 'default' reaction is surprise. That doesn't mean she's dangerous and spooks at everything, it's more of a pleasant surprise! When she gets her food (in the same fashion that she does every day) she always acts surprised. She arches her neck and stands alert. It's fun to see how curious and interested she is in everything around her.

A Horse that Loves Kids

She is especially curious when it comes to kids. She loves being around them. You'll often see her lowering her head to their level when she interacts with them. If the child who is grooming her stops brushing, she'll turn her head to look at them, as if she's asking, "Why did you stop?" It's easy to see that she truly does enjoy being with kids. Even though she has a tendency to be a little flighty and ditzy at times, she's all business when she's tacked up for a student. A great trait for a horse that's expected to carry such precious cargo!

When Elsa arrived at LoveWay she was broke to ride but needed some work. She still has a lot to learn, but she's a fast learner. She wants to please and she often works harder than she needs to when it comes to riding. She's always respectful and always tries her best.

Disney Princesses at LoveWay

Elsa was named after the main character in the Disney movie, Frozen. Looking at her mane, it's easy to see why. Her pasture mate also shares a name with a Disney princess, Belle. Belle looks a lot like Elsa and new volunteers often have a hard time telling the two apart. The two "princesses" are good friends and frequently talk to each other. If you visit LoveWay and hear two horses nickering back and forth, it's probably Elsa and Belle! In fact, Elsa is so vocal that she used to startle the kids in class with her whinnies.

Elsa named after Disney's Frozen

The horse version of Disney's Elsa. Just look at that mane!

From Hitch Horse to Therapy Horse

Elsa came to LoveWay after being purchased by someone in Michigan who intended to use her as part of a team hitch. Elsa was too small, though, and didn't match her hitch partner. There's no such thing as being too small for a therapy horse (as Merryweather demonstrated in her horse of the month segment), so Elsa fits in perfectly at LoveWay.

Equine Assisted Therapy Horse at LoveWay

Elsa may not have fit in her hitch team, but she feels right at home at LoveWay!

You Can Meet Elsa

The LoveWay staff hope that Elsa will continue to enjoy her job and grow as a therapy horse. She shows great potential so far and seems to really love working with children. She'll be participating in the upcoming fall semester classes. If you want to see more of Elsa, stop out for the Ride-A-Thon Event and meet her in person! The Ride-A-Thon is an annual fundraising trail ride and fun fair hosted at the LoveWay facility in Middlebury, IN. There's something for everyone, even if you don't have a horse. The Ride-A-Thon is Saturday, October 8th this year. We'll have more details in a future blog post.

September 2016 Featured Therapy Horse

Are you interested in working with therapy horses like Elsa? Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer.



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