Our Horses

Our Horses

Reins of H.O.P.E is located in scenic Ojai, California. Our facility is secluded on an acre nestled among the sweet aroma of orange trees and surrounded by the majestic Chief Peak and the Topa Topa Mountains. Ojai is known as the original Shangri-La.

Read how our horse Sissy Rescues Warriors
in Modern Arabian Horse Magazine.

Reins of H.O.P.E is sad to report they lost their beloved therapy horse, Star, last Tuesday. Star was in his mid-thirties, and died a peaceful, sudden death while turned out in the round arena with his good friends, Chrome, Sis, and Sisi. Star had worked with Reins of H.O.P.E since their very first session in October of 2007. Since then, he has trailered thousands of miles to sessions in Ojai and Malibu, as well as touching hundreds of our clients lives. He loved this second career, after providing pony rides to countless kids for many years at the Ojai Valley Inn. He was always happy to load himself into the trailer. We will miss his strong, calm presence, as will many clients who loved how he always knew just how to make them feel better or understand something important.


At the age of twenty four, Star was our experienced older horse. He had many surprising facets which emerge in sessions, as well as in his interactions with other horses. He worked only as a psychotherapist as he has arthritis in his front legs. However he could still race around the arena at times and get all four feet off the ground!


Chrome is extremely perceptive and tuned in to people. He is a dedicated  psychotherapy horse, as he cannot be ridden. He had been a ranch horse in Colorado until an accident where he fractured a bone in a front leg. He is now eleven years old.


Sis is a beautiful registered Arabian mare. She has been a national level show horse and a mother. She is a talented and very engaged psychotherapy horse as well as a spirited ride. Sis brings a wonderful feminine energy to the sessions. She is ten years old.

Julie Sardonia, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Executive Director
PO Box 1156
Ojai, California 93024
(805) 797-5539






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