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820 Forest Hills School Rd N
Marshville, NC, 28103

(704) 233-9277

Mephibosheth Farm is nationally recognized by the Professional Association
of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl).  
Our goal is to share the benefits of horseback riding with those who
experience physical, psychological or developmental disabilities.  
Horseback riding has been shown to improve balance, coordination and
strength.  In addition to these physical benefits participants also
experience increased self-confidence, social awareness and emotional
well-being.

The Horses

Meet our equine friends here at Mephibosheth Farms Angelic Riders, a therapeutic horseback riding center in Marshville, NC.

Program Horses

Main Pasture

Angel   

Angel is a Norwegian Fjord cross mare born in 2004. She was donated by Ms. Sally Gray. Ms. Gray fostered Angel after she was rescued out of a Pennsylvania stock yard. Fjords are known for their short stature and wide bodies, which is ideal for some of our smaller riders.  She has a very sweet temperament and is very curious!

Sponsor Angel

Pilon

Pilon is Xena and Isaiah's son. He was born in 2004 and is very much his parent's son, as he has Isaiah's silly streak and Xena's heart of gold. Pilon has the slowest and smoothest trot of all the horses at the farm. Many volunteers can walk at the same speed as his trot making him perfect for little speed devils who need side walkers.

Pilon is Xena and Isaiah's son. He was born in 2004 and is very much his parent's son, as he has Isaiah's silly streak and Xena's heart of gold. Pilon has the slowest and smoothest trot of all the horses at the farm. Many volunteers can walk at the same speed as his trot making him perfect for little speed devils who need side walkers.

Sponsor Pilon

Xena

Xena is amazing! Born in 1998 she is a foundation Quarter Horse. She was brought to the farm as an addition to the breeding program. She made the transition from mothering foals to mothering people easily. She passed her wonderful temperament on to her son, Pilon, who is also in the program. If you have ridden at the farm, you probably rode Xena as she is the go-to horse for all beginners. She will adjust her speed based on the riders ability and will immediately stop if she feels her rider is off balance. She teaches riders and volunteers alike. 

Xena is amazing! Born in 1998 she is a foundation Quarter Horse. She was brought to the farm as an addition to the breeding program. She made the transition from mothering foals to mothering people easily. She passed her wonderful temperament on to her son, Pilon, who is also in the program. If you have ridden at the farm, you probably rode Xena as she is the go-to horse for all beginners. She will adjust her speed based on the riders ability and will immediately stop if she feels her rider is off balance. She teaches riders and volunteers alike. 

Sponsor Xena
 

Sassy

Sassy is a Paint mare kindly donated by Ms. Vickie Rogers who could not stand to see such a wonderful horse not be ridden. She was used for many years as a trusted trail horse. Sassy is well trained and ideal for our adult riders.  While she is a sweetheart, she can definitely live up to her name.

Sassy is a Paint mare kindly donated by Ms. Vickie Rogers who could not stand to see such a wonderful horse not be ridden. She was used for many years as a trusted trail horse. Sassy is well trained and ideal for our adult riders.  While she is a sweetheart, she can definitely live up to her name.

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Isaiah

Isaiah was foaled on the farm in 2000. He and Xena have a son, Pilon, who is also in the program. Isaiah is a very stocky guy so he is perfect for adult riders who need side walkers. Isaiah is a joker and loves to put everything in his mouth, so you have to watch him closely. Despite his troublesome streak, or perhaps because of it, he is a favorite of many. 

Isaiah was foaled on the farm in 2000. He and Xena have a son, Pilon, who is also in the program. Isaiah is a very stocky guy so he is perfect for adult riders who need side walkers. Isaiah is a joker and loves to put everything in his mouth, so you have to watch him closely. Despite his troublesome streak, or perhaps because of it, he is a favorite of many. 

 

Barn Pasture

Sugar

Born in 1997 Sugar is well know as the "best horse ever!" She has made many children proclaim that they have just had the best day of their life. Part of the group of broodmares turned therapy horses, she made the transition well. Sugar is very sensitive so it takes very little effort when asking her to go or stop. You have to be ready when you tell her whoa because she is going to stop, quickly! Sugar lives up to her name in every way. Sugar lives in the inner part of the Barn Pasture. 

Born in 1997 Sugar is well know as the "best horse ever!" She has made many children proclaim that they have just had the best day of their life. Part of the group of broodmares turned therapy horses, she made the transition well. Sugar is very sensitive so it takes very little effort when asking her to go or stop. You have to be ready when you tell her whoa because she is going to stop, quickly! Sugar lives up to her name in every way.

Sugar lives in the inner part of the Barn Pasture. 

Sponsor Sugar


Belle

Belle is a foundation Quarter Horse mare. Born in 1997, she was brought to the farm to be a brood mare when she was a 2 year old. Belle was later sold and then donated back to the program. We are very glad that we got her back as she is one of the most hard working stoic horses we have. At 15 hands she is perfect for our adult riders. Belle loves to be brushed more than anything in the world and will stand as still as stone as long as you keep brushing.  Belle lives in the outer part of the Barn Pasture. 

Belle is a foundation Quarter Horse mare. Born in 1997, she was brought to the farm to be a brood mare when she was a 2 year old. Belle was later sold and then donated back to the program. We are very glad that we got her back as she is one of the most hard working stoic horses we have. At 15 hands she is perfect for our adult riders. Belle loves to be brushed more than anything in the world and will stand as still as stone as long as you keep brushing. 

Belle lives in the outer part of the Barn Pasture. 

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Chay

Chay was the first foal born into the Mephibosheth Farm's breeding program. That was back in 1998. She has now matured into a stout mare who has a bit of an attitude. Some of our more experienced independent riders are able to ride her but mostly she is lead line only.  She is the top choice for riders who need to be back ridden because she is not easily ruffled and very well trained.  Chay lives in the inner part of the Barn Pasture. 

Chay was the first foal born into the Mephibosheth Farm's breeding program. That was back in 1998. She has now matured into a stout mare who has a bit of an attitude. Some of our more experienced independent riders are able to ride her but mostly she is lead line only.  She is the top choice for riders who need to be back ridden because she is not easily ruffled and very well trained. 

Chay lives in the inner part of the Barn Pasture. 

Sponsor Chay

Other Horses On The Farm

Dusty

Dusty is the oldest horse at the farm. She was born in 1989. She was used in the program but had to be retired due to mysterious lameness. She now happily spends her days being groomed and hanging out in the pasture with her buddies. Dusty lives in the Main Pasture.

Dusty is the oldest horse at the farm. She was born in 1989. She was used in the program but had to be retired due to mysterious lameness. She now happily spends her days being groomed and hanging out in the pasture with her buddies.

Dusty lives in the Main Pasture.

 

Copper

Copper is the resident, foundation Quarter Horse stallion. He was the first horse to live on the farm. That was soon after his birthday in 1995. Copper has many foals, including Chay and Rachael's horse Bucket. He can be found proudly watching over the action from his pasture on the hill.  Copper lives in, of course, Copper's Pasture.

Copper is the resident, foundation Quarter Horse stallion. He was the first horse to live on the farm. That was soon after his birthday in 1995. Copper has many foals, including Chay and Rachael's horse Bucket. He can be found proudly watching over the action from his pasture on the hill. 

Copper lives in, of course, Copper's Pasture.