Meet the Hooves Behind the Hippotherapy: Our Trusty Therapy Horses!
Gideon and his home are both currently unfunded.
25 year old Haflinger
Joined Children's TherAplay: April 2002
Get To Know Gideon: He has been here at Children’s TherAplay longer than any other therapy horse, almost since the beginning of the program! As a versatile and sturdy mount, Gideon is a huge asset to our team.
Fun fact: Our very own Gideon was named 2016 Indiana Horse Council Equine-Assisted Programs Committee Horse of the Year.
Padre and his home are both currently unfunded.
22-year-old Mustang / Quarter Horse cross
Joined Children’s TherAplay: May 2012
Get to know Padre: Padre has a sweet and conscientious personality, and loves to play with Rocky and roll around in the dirt!
Fun fact: Padre is our prankster! He has been known to pick up a muck bucket with his teeth and "help" clean the arena.
Fairy Tale and her home are both currently unfunded.
22-year-old Welsh Pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: November 2007
Get to know Fairy Tale: Our "barn princess" knows how to get what she wants using her good looks and charm. Don’t let her fool you though. She is a sassy girl at heart and loves being the boss.
Fun fact: Fairy Tale has a talent that greatly impresses the kiddos. She knows how to “stand like a princess” and will pose with her front hoof lifted in the air.
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Mikey and his home are both currently unfunded.
29-year-old grade pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: January 2015
Get to know Mikey: A retired lesson horse, when Mikey joined the team he quickly became a great favorite with our kiddos as he is unfailingly patient, gentle, and trustworthy with them.
Fun fact: Mikey loves taking an afternoon snooze with his chin resting on his stall door, and he also enjoys decorating his bright coat with festive grass stains and mud.
Willow and her home are both currently unfunded.
25-year-old Hackney / Welsh Pony cross
Joined Children’s TherAplay: September 2017
Get to know Willow: This pony has a great deal of experience working with kiddos! Willow was a champion hunter show pony at Lucky Farms for many, many years. More recently, as a lesson pony, she’s helped young children learn how to ride.
Fun fact: When Willow was a show pony, her registered show name was "Tickles-N-Giggles"!
Chewie and his home are both currently unfunded.
14-year-old Paint Horse
Joined Children’s TherAplay: July 2018
Get to know Chewie: After years of bringing home ribbons as a western pleasure show horse, Chewie was quite content to move into his new career as a therapy horse.
Fun fact: Chewie used to do a little modeling on the side. We were tickled to see him in a Nutrena ad in the Sept./Oct. issue of Paint Horse Journal.
Lacey and her home are both currently unfunded.
9-year-old Quarter Horse
Joined Children’s TherAplay: March 2019
Get to know Lacey: Lacey is our resident "horse-in-training"! She is working hard to train to become an official therapy horse very soon.
Fun fact: Lacey is described as incredibly sweet, kind, sensitive, and wickedly smart!
Zippy is generously funded by Teri Kraft.
Zippy's home is currently unfunded.
24-year-old grade Pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: May 2011
Get to know Zippy: Before coming to Children's TherAplay, Zippy was a lesson pony next door at Lucky Farms and taught many children to ride. Though he’s small in stature, Zippy has a big personality.
Fun fact: When he was younger, this little pony enjoyed jumping so much that he would find things to jump in his pasture, just for the fun of it.
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Hank is generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyers Living Trust in Honor of Ally, Livy, and Luke
Hank's home is currently unfunded.
19-year-old Quarter Horse
Joined Children’s TherAplay: August 2017
Get to know Hank: Hank came to TherAplay with experience in 4H, English shows, and trail-riding.
Fun fact: Hank is very brave, and can easily be considered one of our most "bombproof" horses. However, he IS afraid of goats!
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Rocky is generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyers Living Trust in Honor of Ally, Livy, and Luke
Rocky's home is currently unfunded.
27-year-old Quarter Horse
Joined Children’s TherAplay: March 2005
Get to know Rocky: This horse is all heart. And while he’s endlessly gentle and steady with the kiddos, he also loves a good romp. It’s pure delight to watch him celebrate turnout time by kicking up his heels and frisking around the pasture.
Fun fact: Rocky used to compete as a barrel racer!
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Moe is generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers
Moe's home is currently unfunded.
Joined Children’s TherAplay: July 2011
Get to know Moe: He is one of two Haflingers in the barn. Moe is curious about everything and has fun playing in the pasture with his “Mini Moe,” Gideon.
Fun fact: To the delight of the kiddos, Moe starred in an informal Stop, Drop, and Roll video, which was posted to our Facebook page. The kiddos love seeing their buddy roll around on the arena for a good back scratch.
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Red and his home are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman
17-year-old grade pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: February 2014
Get to know Red: Red stole everyone’s heart when he arrived as he is nothing short of adorable! He’s the perfect size for our smallest patients and is curious and gentle with the kiddos.
Fun fact: Red loves children and he enjoyed giving rides to his family’s grandchildren until they got too big. Then it was time for a new job. Red was happy to find one here where there are always kiddos to pat him.
Monster Mash and his home are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman
Joined Children’s TherAplay: February 2018
Get to know Monster Mash: This is Monster’s third career. After retiring from the racetrack, he showed on the Indiana Hunter/Jumper circuit.
Fun facts: His mom is Equine Program Manager Lauren!