Meet Our Horses!
My name is Chewy, my birthday is January 16, 1994, and I am a grey Paso Fino. They call me Chewy, but don’t be fooled by my name, I only chew on grain, hay, and treats, all of which I greatly enjoy. I was born in North Carolina and joined the Hope Therapy herd in 2010. Since then, I have enjoyed my job as an equine therapist. Being a Paso Fino, I have a smooth gait, which is just right for clients who need a quiet ride and for those just starting to trot. Life on the farm is lovely and I am happy to serve so many friends!
My name is Rocky, my birthday is March 31 1995, and I am a flea bitten grey Arabian. I have two nicknames around the farm. The first is “Rocky the Boulder” and the second is “The amazing kissing horse.” The first was given to me by a rider and the second is because I love to give kisses to my riders! I enjoy working with my riders, especially when we do dressage. It’s always fun when we get to go on a road trip and perform off the farm, too.
My name is Cool AKA “IMA Cool Attraction”. My birthday is February 14, 1994, and I am a chestnut Quarter Horse. I’m a goofy sweetheart who loves to make others smile and I’ve been told I’m easy on the eyes, too. Two of my favorite moments on the farm are when I helped an adult client say their first words and when I helped an adult with a traumatic brain injury sit tall. Both were amazing moments that I am grateful to have been a part of! I love my job!
My name is Honey, my birthday is April 22, 2000, and I am a light chestnut Haflinger. I truly enjoy people and can be quite snuggly at times. Being a Haflinger, I am the right height for some of our younger clients and strong enough for some of our older clients. During sessions I am attentive to my rider as well as the instructor and side-walker. I am also a leader in my herd and tend to them when I’m not working. I have a bit of mother’s heart.
My name is Hannah, my birthday is April 11, 1992, and I am a chestnut Haflinger. I am northern girl, originally from Ohio. I used to pull wagons and carts and was even in parades! You have to stay really calm and focused to do that, which are skills that helped me come to Hope Therapy. I am steady and instructors can count on me to be patient. When I am not with my sweet riders, I like to graze with my herd and just enjoy life on the farm.
My name is Braveheart, my birthday is March 27, 1998, and I am a bay American Warmblood/Thoroughbred. I’m a big ole sweet boy who loves attention and treats! I was born on the Davenports’ farm in Texas and have been with them ever since. When Becky was growing up we would go to shows together and win ribbons! Although I don’t assist in daily hippotherapy sessions, a ride with me is often a long term goal of many adult clients.
My name is Merlin, my birthday is September 18, 2005, and I am a bay cross-breed. My mom is a Paso Fino, like my friend Chewy, and my dad is an Arabian, like my friend Rocky. I joined my Hope Therapy family in 2015 and have been enjoying my job as a therapy horse. My previous work was at a Girl Scout camp, so I am no stranger to kiddos and adore their company. I also love to go on trail rides, spend time with my herd, and get treats from my riders!
My name is Roanie, my birthday is February 17, 2007, and I am a red roan Quarter Horse. My show name is “Good N Red,” but you can just call me Roanie. I used my show name more when I did western pleasure in North Carolina before coming to Hope Therapy in 2016. Every now and then though, I like to show off my western moves. My sweet personality is a great match for my current job as an equine therapist. I’m delighted to meet my riders and love on them as they love on me. Since I am one of the bigger horses on the farm I get to work with adults more, which is neat. They give great hugs!
My name is Gus, my birthday is June 12, 2008, and I am a registered miniature horse. I was born in Minnesota and my registered name is “JANDTS Shining Lite.” I like to think of myself as the mascot of Hope Therapy. I enjoy traveling, so I sometimes go to events as a representative. On the farm I help those who may fear horses warm up to us, I get groomed by our younger clients, I am ridden by our smallest clients, and I participate in photo shoots. If you come by the farm feel free to visit me! I am the smallest horse and the one with blue eyes!
In Loving Memory
I have left you now
but please don’t be sad
you gave me all the love you had.
You did so much for me in my time here
I’ll always hold those precious times near.
Your hear will heal, though you’ll never forget
Memories like the first time we met.
Memories are wonderful, so keep them close
And remember all the good times most.
Up in Horsey Heaven is where I’ll be
keeping my sweet friends company.
I’m at peace now, so please don’t be sad.
You gave me all the love you had.