Horse Stories

Meet & Sponsor Kolohe

November 18, 2013

Welcome to the Let’s Ride Equine Therapy blog. Each quarter, we feature one of our horses in need of sponsors. This winter, it’s Kolohe, our 18-year-old Quarter Horse pony.

Kolohe was named by co-founder Patti Bauman, and we’re often asked what his name means. The name Kolohe is Hawaiian in its origin and Kolohe is commonly used to describe a person, usually a child, who is constantly getting into or causing trouble. It can be benign, for comical, or roguish behavior, or more ominous for a troublemaker. Which is exactly what this little pony is.

While he’s an incredibly talented and sweet pony for the kids and teenagers that ride him in our programs, he has a very mischievous side as well. You see, Kolohe has mastered the art of escape – possessing the ability to give Houdini a run for his money.

Kolohe, if not securely locked into his stall, cannot only open his stall, letting himself out, but he’ll let out every single horse in his aisle as well. After this mischief has been managed, he’ll then go back into his stall and pretend like nothing has happened. He’s gotten into hot water more than a few times.

Kolohe came to us 10 years ago in pretty bad condition. He’d been bought by a woman for her daughter who hadn’t realized the pony had been trained so abusively that it made him dangerous for daughter to ride. She donated Kolohe to a local rescue where we got him.

Kolohe had been dragged behind a truck by his hind legs, had been beaten with  2×4 boards and also been tied in his stall with barb wire in his mouth, splitting his tongue into three pieces. The scar tissue and damage was so severe it took us nearly seven years to correct his leg problems and his hooves are still an ongoing work in progress.

While Kolohe is safe for all his handlers, in order to maintain his corrective shoeing and hoof care, we have to have our veterinarian present to assist our farrier every eight weeks. This costs us $350 per appointment in addition to his monthly care costs, which run about $425 per month. That why this fantastic little guy is looking for sponsors. For increments of $25, $50 and $100 per month or one-time donations. Simply click the donate button now to set up your support option.

If you have more questions, please contact Ann at Ann@LAEquineTherapy.Org or simply hit the  PayPal donate button on your right!

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