Sponsor a Horse Program
SPONSOR A HORSE PROGRAM
$3000/year
or
$250/month
covers the cost to maintain one of our therapy horses.  Your donation helps feed, shelter, provide vet care, farrier services and supplies needed to maintain one of our specially selected equine team members.  
DONATING YOUR HORSE:
If you have a special horse that you would consider donating to our program, click here for more information and complete the required questionnaire.
It takes a special kind of horse to be a therapy horse; one who is gentle, loving and patient.  Our Freedom Ride team of horses is a unique, invaluable group that embody those very words.  Our equine staff form the backbone of our organization and create the magic that is Freedom Ride.
Billy


Billy came to us in December 2016 from Florida TRAC who helps to place off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Billy has adapted beautifully to the life of a therapy horse.  He is most comfortable interacting with his riders and volunteers, he truly is a "people" horse!  He has a very playful personality and loves to challenge all of us with his adorable kind face. 



Billy is generously sponsored by:

Anonymous Donor



Bucky is generously sponsored by: 

Anonymous Donor

Cherokee 



Cherokee arrived at Freedom Ride in August 2011. Those looking at him would never guess he is a registered paint by his solid color. His gentle eyes and friendly personality have quickly made him a favorite with our riders. He has a steady, smooth trot that is great for teaching our students how to post in the saddle.  

Cherokee is generously sponsored by:
Logan
Duncan



Duncan is our newest therapy pony.  He is a gentle, sweet, 13.1 hand, 12-year-old Welsh Pony. We are very thankful to his family who has generously donated him to us. He was previously a hunter show pony who has a stunning appearance and willingness to please. 

Duncan is generously sponsored by:
Marlee and Cheryl Altizer


Duncan is our newest therapy pony.  He is a gentle, sweet, 13.1 hand, 12-year-old Welsh Pony. We are very thankful to his family who has generously donated him to us. He was previously a hunter show pony who has a stunning appearance and willingness to please. 

Duncan is our newest therapy pony.  He is a gentle, sweet, 13.1 hand, 12-year-old Welsh Pony. We are very thankful to his family who has generously donated him to us. He was previously a hunter show pony who has a stunning appearance and willingness to please. 

Gravity
Gravity is a handsome 4 year old Gypsy Vanner gelding gifted to Freedom Ride by LexLin Gypsy Ranch. Gravity arrived September 2015 and quickly settled in to his new home.  Gravity is a quick learner and is well on his way to earning the title of equine therapist.  With his calm and gentle temperament he is already a superstar! We are forever grateful for this amazing gift- thank you Lexlin Gypsy Ranch!


Gravity is generously sponsored by:
Rosemary O'Shea
Halo
Halo is a 12 year old, 16.1 hand, 1350 lb., Percheron Draft horse.  She showed hunter jumper for many years and was generously donated to Freedom Ride by the Bjerkestrand family.  They wanted Halo to be a therapy horse due to her sweet nurturing nature and beautiful smooth ride. Due to her large size she is able to carry veterans as well as larger riders  She can be found frolicking in the pasture with her friends. 

Halo is generously sponsored by:
Bess Lee
Huckleberry




Huckleberry is a 15-year-old paint pony.  He has showed in a variety of riding disciplines, but is most comfortable as an English pleasure horse. He is our only pony and is perfect for our hippotherapy riders due to his 14.1 hand size. We fondly refer to him as our "nugget" and he has rapidly become a volunteer favorite due to his playful personality.


Huckleberry "Huck" is generously sponsored by:
Laura & Gary Cornwell
   

Image


Image arrived at Freedom Ride in January 2010. She is a beautiful quarter horse paint, which makes it easy for new volunteers to locate her out in the field among the bay and chestnut horses. Image has a sweet personality and proudly carries her riders, providing each one the opportunity to build physical strength and stamina.



Image is generously sponsored by:
Individual - Karen Boebinger
Corporate -Kathy Benham


Jasper


Jasper is a Quarter Horse gelding who came to Freedom Ride in July 2014. Jasper was generously donated to us by a kind-hearted family who had rescued him a couple years prior. We are thankful that this caring family gave us the opportunity to add this amazing horse to our program!  Whether the rider is in a bareback pad or saddle, Jasper teaches them all basic riding skills and helps build their confidence.  


Jasper is generously sponsored by: 
Friends & Family of Don Kniceley

Noah



Noah began his new job as a equine therapist in July 2014. He is a 21 year old thoroughbred gelding who came from Florida TRAC (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care) in south Florida. They told us: "Noah is extremely calm and willing, always a gentleman...and was made for a job working with children".  We agree!! Noah carries some of our physically challenged riders with a smooth and steady step, providing our clients the opportunity to build balance and coordination.  


Noah is generously sponsored by:

The Race Family

Rusty

Rusty arrived in May 2015 and immediately fit right in! Rusty is a handsome 15.3 hand thoroughbred gelding with a big teddy bear personality. He is willing to do whatever we ask of him and we have yet to find anything that fazes him, which makes him a great equine therapist!  He is calm and steady, and his commanding size is perfect for our adult riders. 

Rusty is generously sponsored by:
John Hronek
Whitey


Whitey arrived at Freedom Ride in September 2013.  This Arabian/Quarter cross gelding is the perfect temperment and size for our program. He quickly settled in to his new home and his job as a therapy horse.  It was like he was meant to be here!  Whitey is such a gentleman and proudly carries his riders, putting a smile on their face. 


Whitey is generously sponsored by:
Mark & Karen Bennie
Wilson

Wilson is a registered paint gelding who arrived in January 2015. Standing at 14.3 hands he is the 'just right' size for many of our riders who require the assistance of sidewalkers during the lesson.  His temperament is truly unflappable.  He settled in quickly and doesn't seem to mind us placing colored rings on his ears, balls tossed over his head or any of the other silly things that we do with our equine therapists in a lesson. He LOVES the attention volunteers bestow on him and is a great addition to our equine team. 

Wilson is generously sponsored by:
Michelle Duncan
Marshmellow & Joey



Marshmellow & Joey are two adorable miniature horses. This brother and sister duo are the ambassadors for Freedom Ride, participating in various community outreach events, marching in local parades and traveling to schools and nursing homes where they bring joy and smiles to all they visit.

Marshmellow & Joey are generously sponsored by:
Anonymous Donor for Community Relations
Our Retired Horse Therapists
Our special horses have touched the lives of so many people in so many ways that when it's time for them to retire we find loving homes for each horse. We appreciate how our horses have served and improved the lives of deserving individuals not just therapeutically, but as friends who care for each rider in their own special way.
Bella


Bella arrived at Freedom Ride in February 2009. Prior to arriving at Freedom Ride Bella was a school horse at a local barn and enjoyed teaching her riders to jump. As a therapy horse she is the perfect height and provides just the right amount of movement. She is a strong and confident horse with a touch of sass. Bella always carries our beginner riders safely and provides them with the confidence needed to progress in their skills. Once she bats her big brown eyes at you she will instantly win your heart!


Bucky




Bucky, a very handsome 24-year-old Palomino gelding, arrived in March of 2016. He was exceptional with our riders and has settled into his retirement very nicely. He made fast friends at his new location and fits in with the many other palominos at his new home! 



Lucky



Lucky arrived at Freedom Ride in August 2007. He was trained in Western pleasure and showed nationally before arriving at Freedom Ride. Lucky has an easy going temperament and although he has no vision in his left eye, he has adapted quickly to life as a therapy horse. He challenges his riders to try hard and do their best. Although Lucky is a registered Appaloosa, visitors would never guess by his solid chestnut coat and large white blaze.

Papa Chico




Papa Chico was a wonderful addition to Freedom Ride and came to us in June of 2016. He is an 8-year-old gelding who came to us from FLTRAC as an outstanding 16.2 hand thoroughbred, ex-racehorse, who always liked attention. He is now at his new location with his new owner, who adores him. He will be missed, but we are very happy for them both!






"Always remember that once a horse has touched your soul they will always be with you"
Daphne

Daphne, a beautiful Thoroughbred mare arrived at Freedom Ride in

mid-July 2014. Prior to Freedom Ride her owner gave her a wonderful home for 12 yrs but had to move across country and was unable to bring Daphne with her. She told us; "Daphne is a sweet, gentle, caring, calm, sensitive and loving girl who deserves the same in return. I believe she has the heart and patience to make a wonderful therapy horse.” She certainly did make a wonderful therapy horse and taught us all how incredibly sweet these amazing creatures truly are.

Ivan

Ivan was given to Freedom Ride in 2008. Prior to Freedom Ride, this beautiful Arabian cross was a trail horse at The Grand Cypress Equestrian Center. Ivan has helped hundreds of individuals find an improved quality of life by his incredible patience and steady gait. Ivan was also known as the "go to" horse for parades, Girl Scouts earning their badges, foster children painting on him and his calm demeanor in any situation.

He will be missed dearly.