Meet the Hooves Behind the Hippotherapy: Our Trusty Therapy Horses!
Luna is generously funded by Copper Creek Canyon.
Luna's stall is generously funded through Mudsock Fest.
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 generously funded by NextGear Capital.
26-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.
Spot is generously funded by Jana and Tim Wiley, Kathy Wiley Smith, Dillon Wiley, & the Richardson Family.
Spot's stall is generously funded by NextGear Capital
12-year-old Pony of the Americas
Joined Children’s TherAplay: May 2023
Get to know Spot: Spot has a very curious personality, and loves the scratches he recieves from the kiddos. Before he came to TherAplay, Spot was used as a mount for Pony Club. His show name is "The Spotted Wizard"!
Spot's Impact: Spot is a great size! While he is on the shorter side, he is very broad and muscular which makes it possible for him to carry our larger riders.
Ella and her stall are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman.
14-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, Luke, and Kenzy
23-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!
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.
21-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!
Kipper is generously funded by Mike and Lindsay Martin, in honor of Larry, Marsha, Kathy Martin and Robert Simcoe.
Kipper's stall is generously funded by Betsy & Jeffrey Garfield
18-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 in honor of Rylee and Coen Bauer.
26-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.
Giuseppe is generously funded by The Round Room Family in memory of Amy Smith.
Giuseppe's stall is generously funded by The Layton Children
20-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.
Nemo and his stall are both generously funded by Theresa Catterson Kraft.
Joined Children's TherAplay: June 2022
Get to Know Nemo: Nemo 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!
Beau is generously funded by Indiana Thermal Solutions
Beau's stall is generously funded by Kathleen Reynolds
15-year-old large pony
Joined Children's TherAplay: November 2022
Get to Know Beau: Beau is social, sweet, and cuddly. He is always lowering his head to kiddo level for pets.
Beau's Impact: Beau has an athletic uphill build, and is the perfect size for kiddos ready to move up from our smallest ponies and transition to using the mounting block for a more independent mount.
Pony Boy and his stall are generously funded by The Myers Family and Patty and Lawrence Baker.
10-year-old grade pony
Joined Children's TherAplay: January 2023
Get to Know Pony Boy: Pony Boy is our youngest pony. Before he came here, he was a super solid steed for a couple little kids. Before that, he was at a camp out in Montana.
Pony Boy's Impact: Pony Boy is appreciated for being our smallest horse in the herd, but still offering high movement! his wide back makes it easy for kiddos to do all sorts of positions while riding; sitting backwards, on their hands and knees, and even standing up!
Peanut & Banana
Peanut & Banana and their stall are gereously funded by Courtney, Harlan, and Tinley Rahal.
Peanut is a 20-year-old Miniature Horse and Banana is a 17-year-old Miniature Horse
Joined Children's TherAplay: March 2023
Get to Know Peanut & Banana: Peanut and Banana are a bonded pair! They have been together their entire lives and have been therapy ponies for a long time.
Peanut & Banana's Impact: These miniature horses are not for riding, instead they are used for our Theraputic Animal Assisted Groundwork (TAAG) sessions. Kiddos utilize Peanut and Banana to practice grooming, feeding, leading, and other groundwork activities.
Bootz and his stall are both generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyes Living Trust in Honor of Ally, Livy, Luke, and Kenzy
17-year-old Paint Horse
Joined Children's TherAplay: July 2023
Get to Know Bootz: Bootz was an eventer before joining Children's TherAplay. During his time as a show horse, he never knocked down a single rail! His favorite food is pears and he loves to come visit our barn staff in the office.
Bootz's Impact: He is a high back with high consistent movement that is great for larger kiddos who need more input or need a challenge. He is extremely versatile and can lenghten or shorten his walk depending on what the kiddo needs!