Meet the Hooves Behind the Hippotherapy: Our Trusty Therapy Horses!
Luna and her stall are currently unfunded.
Joined Children's TherAplay: April 2022
Get To Know Luna: Luna was rescued by one of our own handlers, Erin. One fun fact about her is that she LOVES Pop tarts!
Luna's Impact: Luna is a great horse for our kids who need a medium to high movement within their sessions. She is a very steady horse to get our kiddos used to this type of movement, and she is always very attentive to what our handlers ask of her.
Padre is generously funded by Barb Bixler.
Padre's stall is currently unfunded.
24-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 roll around in the dirt!
Padre's Impact: Padre is highly requested by both therapists and kiddos because of his higher movement. He's very adjustable and dependable, which benefits our kiddos who have high muscle tone.
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Fairy Tale and her stall are both funded by The Alexander James Liles Fund in honor of "Wildman" Alex
24-year-old Welsh Pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: November 2007
Get to know Fairy Tale: Our "barn princess" is a sassy girl at heart and loves being the boss!
Fairy Tale's Impact: Our therapists love Fairy Tale for her patience with our kiddos! She will stand still as long as needed, speed up if needed, and is so kind and loving to every child she meets.
Willow is funded by Jana, Tim and Dillon Wiley, and Kathy Wiley Smith
Willow's stall is currently unfunded.
27-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.
Willow's Impact: Willow has a very adjustable gait, allowing her to serve many types of kiddos. She also has a bouncy trot, which is great for high sensory seeking kiddos who are best served with many movements.
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Ella and her stall are currently unfunded.
12-year-old Welsh Pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: March 2022
Get to know Ella: Along with being a therapy horse here, Ella is also currently a lesson horse at Lucky Farms next door. She is best friends with Queenie and they loved to cause trouble together.
Ella's Impact: Ella is currently going through training in our program, but we hope to see her out in the arena with our kiddos soon!
Hank and his stall are both generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyers Living Trust in Honor of Ally, Livy, and Luke
21-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.
Hank's Impact: Hank has a special low movement, which is perfect for our kiddos who need a more calm, even ride.
Moe and his stall are both generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers
Joined Children’s TherAplay: July 2011
Get to know Moe: Moe is curious about everything and loves to play the pasture with his "Mini Moe" ,Gideon!
Moe's Impact: Moe is a great next-level horse for our kiddos who are ready to add a bit more challenge to their treatment.
Red and his stall are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman.
19-year-old grade pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: February 2014
Get to know Red: Red is nothing short of adorable! He loves children and enjoyed giving rides to his family's grandchildren in his past life.
Fun Fact: Our horse handlers call Red their "little Red sports car" because of the ease with which he moves. Red provides a lot of stimulating movement for our littlest clients!
Lacey and her stall are both generously funded by The Shines and Kleins
Joined Children’s TherAplay: March 2019
Get to know Lacey: Before coming to TherAplay, Lacey was used as a western pleasure trail horse.
Fun Fact: Lacey has a wonderfully long, fast-paced stride that therapists enjoy. While walking with Lacey, you're sure to get your heart rate up!
Kipper and his stall are both generously funded by Mike and Lindsay Martin, in honor of Larry, Marsha, Kathy Martin and Robert Simcoe
16-year-old Welsh Pony
Joined Children’s TherAplay: December 2019
Get to know Kipper: Kipper was well-loved by his owner and her grandchildren before becoming a part of the TherAplay family.
Kipper's Impact: Kipper is appreciated for his forward, high moving gait. He is perfect for kiddos who need a small pony with lots of input.
Tash and her stall are both generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers
24-year-old Paint Horse
Joined Children’s TherAplay: May 2020
Get to know Tash: Tash is our only mare in the barn who has been a mama!
Tash's Impact: The therapists' favorite things about Tash are her cuddly personality and "boat-like" movement she offers during sessions.
Music is generously funded by Mudsock Fest and Jody & Daniel Petts
Music's stall is generously funded by FORVIS
Joined Children’s TherAplay: December 2020
Get to know Music: Being a therapy horse is Music's fourth career! He started as a race horse, then moved to the hunter/jumper discipline. Finally, he served at an Equestrian Camp!
Music's Impact: Music is a gentle giant! The therapists describe Music's movement as a "march", rhythmic and purposeful.
Giuseppe and his stall are both currently funded by The Layton Family.
18-year-old Paint Horse, Thoroughbred, and Mustang Horse
Joined Children’s TherAplay: August 2021
Get to know Giuseppe: Giuseppe is a former eventer and hunter/jumper. He is an absolute sweetheart and loves working with our sweet kiddos!
Giuseppe's Impact: Giuseppe is a great horse for our bigger kids who need higher movement within their sessions. He is a gentle giant and has an extremely easygoing temperament.
Queenie and her stall are currently unfunded.
13-year-old Welsh Pony
Joined Children's TherAplay: March 2022
Get to know Queenie: Queenie is a rescue pony. She was originally very nervous and scared when she first arrived at Children's TherAplay, but, since being here, she has come out of her shell and is one of our sweetest horses. We learn new things about Queenie every day!
Queenie's Impact: Queenie is currently in-training in our program, and we cannot wait to see how she grows and progressess further.
Nemo and his stall are currently unfunded.
Joined Children's TherAplay: June 2022
Get to Know Nemo: Nemo is our newest member here at Children's TherAplay. He absolutely loves attention and is always one to say hello to every person that walks by!
Nemo's Impact: Nemo is great for our kiddos who need a nice, easy pace during their sessions. His calm demeanour allows him to be around anyone with no problems!