Sponsor A Horse
HorsePlay would not exist without a herd of specially trained horses. These amazing animals are not only our kids’ therapists, but are well-loved friends. Most people are unaware of how difficult finding the perfect therapy horse is. These unicorns must be easy going, kind, friendly, and enjoy multiple people working with them at the same time. They must be patient and sound enough to participate in lessons. Our horses are the heart of HorsePlay. Their health and wellness is paramount.
Over the course of one year, the cost of feed, bedding, shoes, veterinary care, and other expenses for one horse requires thousands of dollars. In order to provide high quality horse care, while keeping the cost of therapy sessions as low as possible, sponsorship and donations are an absolute necessity. Any donation amount makes a significant difference in helping to offset the program’s primary expense, and it is tax deductible.
Sponsors will receive updates on their horse, a framed photo of their horse along with a certificate of appreciation, and will have the option to be displayed on the horse's stall and in social media.
Meet Our Horses!!
Snickers is our smallest horse, but definitely has a HUGE personality. His short, choppy steps improve our kids' body awareness and overall registration. Snickers' smaller size is perfect for teaching horse safety, grooming, and building confidence.
Storm is a retired Polo horse who loves to trail ride, but loves to work with our therapy kids even more. Storm is very sensitive to emotions. He literally mirrors when kids are anxious or unsettled, allowing the therapist to gauge and alter sessions as needed in real time. Storm's favorite parts of therapy are yoga, carrots, and good grooming sessions.
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Oz is a goof ball when he's off the clock, but all business when it's time for therapy! Over steps and around poles, he is ready for any obstacle. Exercises like these make our kids stronger and more confident. His wide, powerful frame also gives these kids a great core workout!
Patches (a.k.a. Peaches, Peach, Peaches & Cream...) is a fuzzy, medium-sized horse. Patches has a smooth walk, which gives consistent input and increases confidence and trunk control with his riders. Patches loves to be snuggled and always turns to greet his riders before and after each session.
Thunder is a hard working, dedicated, big ol' teddy bear. Whenever he sees his kids from across the barn, he calls out to them as if saying "Pick me, pick me!" Thunder is big and strong, perfect for older and/or more unbalanced riders. All of the kids love when they get to be on Big Thunder.
BirdyMay is a quarter horse mare, just as smart and as sweet as they come! Her stocky, wide frame makes for a purdy sturdy base of support for our more unbalanced riders. BirdyMay produces a shorter, choppier gait which allows for more movement repetitions per treatment. This equals more opportunities for strengthening and endurance building for our riders! We believe BirdyMay can read our minds…being one step ahead during treatments and anticipating what we ask! She is truly a gem. We love our BirdyMay!
Son of World Grand Champion Main Power, Cliff is a Tennessee Walking Horse with some pretty cool blood lines and some pretty cool moves! Walking horses are known for their flashy movements, smooth gaits, calm disposition, and sure-footedness. Although he knows he’s a horse, Cliff is an absolute puppy dog who thrives on attention, snuggles, and baths. With Cliff, our kids are in for a real treat. His variable gait patterns offer very little to an almost extreme movement, depending on the therapy focus!
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Although he can be a little spicy with us at times, Pepper is an absolute sweetheart around the kids. Standing around 11 hands high, Pepper’s short stature offers a non-intimidating and extremely approachable presence to kids who are new to the program! Pepper also has some pep to his step, which is perfect for helping kids develop the foundational core muscles they need to improve balance, endurance, fine motor skills, and more!
Bo is half quarter horse and half Haflinger. Bo has a shorter, stocky stature along with a powerful, driving gait that helps strengthen a child’s core muscles and helps “highlight” their body. This makes for better overall awareness and coordination after a ride! Bo is constantly watching; he takes his job seriously to keep these kids safe. When he’s not working, Bo’s happy place is at home in his pasture…with every single one of his buddies around him!
Rio is a retired, barrel racing quarter horse. A gentle, genuine spirit, Rio absolutely adores children. Personality is huge when selecting therapy horses…Rio is a prime example of our ideal horse team member! Rio also offers a narrow body frame, perfect for children who have cerebral palsy who struggle with high tone. Rio’s gait is easy to match and offers a calming input, which helps relax tight muscles to improve a child’s walking after they go for a ride!
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Rose is as cool and calmly collected as they come. Rose is no stranger to intense environments and globally competitive levels. She’s a been there, done that kind of horse. Rose enjoys our laid-back therapy environment, a nice change up from competitions, and being loved on by these kids! Her powerful gait provides beneficial input for kids who need to work on endurance and coordination, while her wide frame is ideal for riders who have trouble balancing or keeping up with our faster horses. Rose truly has a heart for children. We are so lucky to have her at HorsePlay!
Don’t be fooled… This not-so-troublesome member is worth double his weight in gold! When he’s not competing in Ranch Riding events, Trouble genuinely loves helping kids. Standing at a whopping 16 hands high, Trouble is a favorite of our taller and older riders. His smooth, long-stepping gait provides calming input to his riders. The extra rotation helps kids learn to balance and develop a sense of midline…important aspects of every activity they may engage in every day. Trouble, thank you for all you do!
Short and sassy, Sheila is a mini-donkey with many talents. This girl can not only open doors, gates, and bags, but also serves as protector of our herd when she’s not at therapy! Sheila was bottle fed as a baby-donk, and actually identifies more as a person than as an equine. Sheila thrives on attention and being around people, a genuine social butterfly! Sheila is an important part of the HorsePlay team. She is the ideal size for teaching ground skills such as leading, grooming, and equine safety to our kids and families. Sheila is also the perfect audience for our summer reading program…thanks to those ridiculously big ears!
James was an old, gentle soul when we first met. A retired jumper, he was always sweet and genuinely enjoyed his new line of work with HorsePlay. We appreciate all of the hard work and dedication he brought as one of our founding horses, and we miss him dearly!
Rosie was one of the original founding horses. Sweet as sugar, Rosie helped shape what HorsePlay horses should be. Rosie enjoyed a life of luxury with fresh grass and grain, next to a beautiful pond along with her horse friends. We miss you Rosie!
Dixie was one of our biggest horses to date. At over 16 hands, she was an excellent riding choice for some of our older kids. Dixie has since left HorsePlay for more adventures to match her spunky spirit! We appreciate all of Dixie's hard work!