Meet Our Horses
Born March 27, 1998 – Blood Bay – American Warmblood/Thoroughbred – Gelding
My name is Braveheart! I’m a big ‘ole sweet boy and was bred and born on the Davenports’ farm in Texas and have been with them ever since. My Mom, Sasha, was a beautiful and sweet thoroughbred mare. Though she passed away a few years ago, I still have some of her best qualities. However, keeping my stall as tidy as she did still evades me! When Becky and I were 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. Often you will see me giving my friends, Honey or Roanie, scratches on the back while they return the favor!
Born February 17, 2007 – Red Roan – Quarter Horse – Gelding
My name is Roanie! I am a calm and sweet boy, though I can be a little shy at times. 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! You can find me chilling with Honey and Braveheart.
Born January 1, 2002 – Flaxen Chestnut – Draft Cross – Gelding
My name is Teddy Bear, and for good reason, I am a very sweet boy! My mom, Brooke, is a therapeutic riding instructor at Hope Therapy. Her family adopted me when I was just 2 years old. I had a rough start to life, but since my adoption day Brooke, her family, and I have had many fun adventures including pony club, dressage, jumping, fox hunting, and trail rides! I greatly enjoy my new job as a therapy horse and forming partnerships with my riders. I also greatly enjoy treats, especially strawberry frosted mini-wheats! You can find me hanging out with my buddy, Merlin.
Born September 18, 2005 – Mahogany Bay – Arabian/Paso Fino – Gelding
My name is Merlin! I’m a very kind horse, and a bit of a silly dude at times! 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 ever since. 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! I also enjoy munching on hay with my buddy, Teddy.
Born April 22, 2000 – Mealy Flaxen Chestnut – Halflinger – Mare
My name is Honey! I am a very sweet mare, and 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 and love to initiate mutual grooming with my pasture mates.
Born January 1, 2007 - Flaxen Chestnut Sabino - Gypsy Vanner - Gelding
My name is Warden! I used to be a stallion at LexLin Gypsy Ranch. I've retired now from that life, and have begun my new career as a therapy horse thanks to the Gypsy Gift Program! I'm still in training, but am proving to be quite a sweet boy. Be sure to check out my page on LexLin's website to see more pictures of me as well as pictures of my babies! I'm Hope Therapy's most recent addition, and have been settling in well and even went off for my first round of professional training! Hopefully soon I will play well with other horses.
Born January 1, 1999 – Bay Tobiano – Grade Pony – Gelding
My name is Johnny Brown! My mom bought me at the New Holland Auction in Pennsylvania when I was 4 years old. She wasn’t planning on coming home with a pony that day, but as soon as she saw me peek my head out between the fence boards, it was love at first sight! For a time, I was a trail pony for the son of my mom. Once he grew too big for me, I was leased out to other small riders. I have done hunters, jumpers, pony club rallies, and games. I am very calm and altogether quite a great therapy pony. I am pretty short, so I help with many of our smaller riders, along with Gus. I am altogether a sweet boy and love hanging out with my best friend, Gus.
Born June 12, 2008 – Bay – Miniature Horse – Gelding
My name is Gus! I’m a cute, funny, and sweet little guy, and I can be mischievous at times. 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 can often be found hanging out with my friend, Johnny Brown.
Born March 31, 1995 – Flea-bitten Grey – Arabian – Gelding
My name is Rocky! 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. I’m always a happy camper and enjoy hanging out with friends like Hermione, Chewy, Irish, Queenie, and Rosie!
Born June 1, 2008 – Flaxen Red Chestnut – Arabian/Welsh Pony – Mare
Hi, my name is Hermione! Me and my owner, Shelby, both work hard here at the farm! Shelby got me as a 5-year-old with just a few rides and has trained me ever since. I’ve worked hard to help Shelby with her anxiety riding and showing, and Shelby knew I’d be a great horse for Hope Therapy! I also used to teach lessons with Kelly at Paint Me Riding. I’ve even taken kids to Special Olympics! I am very laid back and sweet, even when off-property. I am currently on vacation as I’m in foal to Dragon’s Lair Cerveza Dinero (Dino) and due April 15th. I won’t be having the foal at Hope Therapy, but volunteers, staff, and patients can definitely visit me and my baby when the time comes!
Born January 16, 1994 – Flea-bitten Grey – Paso Fino – Gelding
My name is Chewy, but don’t be fooled! I only chew on grain, hay, and treats, which I thoroughly 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!
Born May 1, 2013 – Palomino Pearl – Gypsy Vanner – Gelding
My name Irish! Hope Therapy won me through LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Gypsy Gift Program. I’m pretty easy going and love to be groomed and scratched. My build seems to be just right for a variety of riders. I’m strong so I can carry adults and veterans, but not too tall or wide for kiddos. I began training under saddle with my friend, Shelby, in October of 2017. After just 2 months, she took me to my first show! I had a blast and did a great job. So far I’ve done a few sessions and have been stellar for my age! I just got back from training for a couple of months with a professional and had so much fun jumping and learned so much, and am now proving to be a stellar therapy horse!
Born January 1, 2008 - Black Tobiano - Gypsy Vanner - Mare
My name is Queenie! I am another Gypsy donated to Hope Therapy thanks to LexLin's Gypsy Gift Program. I am a very sweet girl and I even had a few foals, which you can see on my page at LexLin's website! I just finished training and have proved to be an outstanding therapy horse here with Hope Therapy, and I love my new home and new friends!
Born April 24, 2016 - Black Sabino - Gypsy Vanner - Mare
My name is Rosie! I am a Gypsy Vanner donated to Hope Therapy thanks to LexLin's Gypsy Gift Program. I am a very young girl, so at the moment I am not in training or being used while I finish growing up! But I am enjoying life at Hope Therapy and love all my new friends, like Irish, Auntie Queenie, and Uncle Chewy and Uncle Rocky. I am a very sweet girl and love being groomed, bathed, and even stand being clipped (which is something many adult horses don't tolerate)! Once I'm done growing up in body and mind I am sure to be yet another amazing addition to Hope Therapy's Therapy Horses!