Reika was a
Haflinger born in 1972 who arrived at the Selter in
She belonged to a young handicapped boy and helped
with his physical therapy. She lived with him for
ten years after which he lost interest in her and
after she also developed serious elbow problems she
was destined for the slaughterhouse. She was rescued
and brought to the Shelter where her elbow problems
were treated by adding ginger to her feed to keep
the elbow elastic.
Even though no longer young Reika didn't want to
retire so being a trustworthy horse but one
who couldn't be overtaxed her riders were children
between the ages of three and five.
All these young riders whose first horseback ride
was with Reika who was so reliable and reassuring
would never have had this experience had she been
In her final years at the Shelter she was finally
able to enjoy a well deserved retirement.
Unfortunately in 2011 our dear Reika left us....
no words can express how much everyone at the
Shelter misses her.