About the Herd

All of the horses at Ride for Joy are under yearly full care leases meaning that RFJ has exclusive use of each horse in exchange for covering the expenses of their routine care and management.  This allows staff to maintain ongoing training and ensure that each horse’s workload stays within standards set by RFJ and PATH Intl.  

Ride for Joy does not accept donated horses.

Some horse owners choose to fund the ongoing care of their horse through a generous tax-deductible donation, allowing RFJ to expand and serve more participants.

In general, horses appropriate for RFJ programming meet the following criteria:

  • Fit and healthy

  • Sound at all three gaits (walk, trot, canter/lope)

  • Calm temperament

  • People/kid friendly

  • Extremely well trained in the arena

  • Between the ages of 8 years and 18 years

If you have a horse that you would like to care lease to Ride for Joy, please fill out and mail (PO Box 140295 Boise, ID 83714) or fax (1 208 550-3208) the Horse Evaluation Form to the barn.  A RFJ staff will get back to you regarding any openings in the herd and whether your horse would be a good fit.

Questions? Contact Brandy Horsley-Krajnik at bkrajnik@rideforjoy.org

Meet the Ride for Joy Horses!



Sassy is an APHA mare with a background in drill team work who came to RFJ in 2017.  Fortunately for RFJ, she really didn’t love being a drill horse, but she does love therapeutic riding!  The name Sassy does not fit her kind and easy going personality.  She quietly accepts new things introduced into her world and maintains a sweet attitude regardless of the circumstances.  It is easy to tell when she is at her most calm and happy.  Her head gets lower and lower at the walk until she almost drags her nose on the ground! 



Smalls is a Thoroughbred, draft cross gelding who came to RFJ from Oregon in 2017 to fill a need for larger horses.  And large he is!  Standing at 17.1 hands, Smalls overshadows the rest of the herd.  But his huge size does nothing to hide his gentle and tender heart.  Smalls is responsive to the tiniest cues from his riders, so long as the cue isn’t to go very fast.  His combination of strength, size, gentleness, and responsiveness are truly unique and a huge benefit for RJF riders.



Shimmy is an AQHA mare who came to the program in 2017 as a possible fill in horse.  Her services were required when another horse needed a break and Shimmy more than saved the day.  She quickly became a favorite among volunteers and riders due to her quietness, silky smooth gait, and extensive training. Shimmy has been a drill team instructor's horse since she was four, allowing her to experience all kinds of settings and people and keeping her training at the highest level.  RFJ is thrilled to have her at the barn.



Bella is an Appaloosa mare who returned to the program in 2018 after taking a pasture break, and she is happy to be back to work at the barn.  She is known for having an opinion about many activities and always looking for entertainment.  Her big, muscular frame makes her great for adults and veterans and her smooth gait is excellent for unsteady riders.  Bella's desire to think for herself allows her to safely challenge more experienced riders to increase their skills.  Thanks to her large size and extra large personality, Bella is a horse to love.  



Brewster is a dun quarter horse gelding who returned to the program in 2018.  He first worked for RFJ as a young horse, serving with his dam in the early years of Ride for Joy.  His owner took him home to be a grandkid horse for a few years, but, with the grandkids interested in other activities, Brewster became available again.  Brewster's medium build and average gait, along with his extensive training and experience in therapeutic riding, make him a great option for a wide variety of riders.  RFJ is excited to have Brewster back at the barn!

 Thanks to Shauna Rae's Photography for the beautiful equine head shots.

Thanks to Shauna Rae's Photography for the beautiful equine head shots.