The Therapeion Team
“With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”
Ben joined our team in 2018. He is a big boy, too tall for mounts from the wheelchair ramp, but carries our largest independent riders. He is trained as a western pleasure horse and has the smoothest trot on the farm. Just don't ask him to move quickly! Ben is leased from Shepard Stable.
Chocolate After Fx
2009 Therapy Horse of the Year
Buddy joined Therapeion in 2008. He was being used as a hunter/jumper mount in LaPorte. Buddy, however, would have been better suited for western pleasure with his slow and comfortable trot (jog)! Buddy is leased from Shepard Stable.
The Big Lebowski
2013 Gypsy Vanner Horse
The Dude was donated by the Lexlin Gypsy Horse Ranch in September, 2015. He is a stocky boy who lives with his best friend, Duke. Draft horses mature slower than standard horses so The Dude will be carrying less than his maximum weight and working less than his maximum horse per week until he is seven years old to prevent physical injury or early burn out.
2015 Therapy Horse of the Year
Duke is a draft "pony"; Haflingers are called ponies even though they can be horse-sized. Because he is a draft horse, he can carry heavier riders and since he is shorter than most draft horses, he is the perfect height to use for wheelchair mount riders.
Duke was donated by Candy Shoaff in 2013.
Flashy Leo McCue
2003 American Paint Horse Association
Flashy is taller than most of our horses with a gentle and loving nature. She is a favorite among our independent riding students and our exercise riders. Flashy was a rescue before being donated to Therapeion by Theresa Haderfelt in 2015.
Haflinger Cross Pony
Frankie Muffin was purchased with funds donated by the Frank Muffin Band. He is a stocky little guy who is used primarily in our hippotherapy program but also excels in our therapeutic riding program. Frankie "Tucker" Muffin joined our team in February 2018.
Hackney Type Pony
2011 Therapy Horse of the Year
2017 Therapy Horse of the Year
Hershey was donated to Therapeion in 2008. He is our older statesman but being around 40 years old has not slowed him down! Hershey lives with Janis, Willy, and Shepard Stable's three miniature donkeys and is semi-retired. He still carries one or two tiny riders each week.
Dwarf Miniature Horse
2013 Therapy Horse of the Year
Janis is an older lady- a sweetie who apparently doesn't realize her size. She had experience working with children with disabilities before joining the Therapeion team. She loves attention and being brushed. Janis works with riders in our ground work programs. Janis was donated to Therapeion by Red Strange in 2008.
2014 Therapy Horse of the Year
Lyle joined us in 2008. He is a handsome boy and all the kids love him. Lyle is able to challenge his riders that need challenged. For riders who cannot sit up independently, Lyle's broad and flat back make him perfect for our hippotherapy program. Lyle is an invaluable member of our equine team!
Grade Horse/QH Type
2018 Therapy Horse of the Year
Paco joined our team in the winter of 2017-2018. Before becoming a therapy horse he participated in three day eventing and taught three girls to ride. A sweet and quiet soul he is a valuable addition to our team. Paco was donated by Dr Amanda Farr
and Dr Myk Bray.
Grade Horse/QH Type
2008 Therapy Horse of the Year
2016 Therapy Horse of the Year
Popeye joined our team in 2007. He was purchased from Indiana Horse Rescue and had been part of a large rescue in southern Indiana that year. Popeye is our class clown and the personal favorite of our Director. Popeye is leased to Therapeion by Shepard Stable.
Windmill Junction Boxcar Willy
Willy looks and acts like a mini Lyle. He is fun to work with and our kids use him for ground work. He is also ridden by our tiniest riders. Willy loves attention and came to us because he is too easy of a keeper for his own good!
The photos of our horses were generously donated by Montana Rose Photography.