Full Sponsor: RIPA & Associates
Co-Sponsor: Jeff & Michele Laine
Partial Sponsor: The Launch Pad
Breed: American Clydesdale
Birth Date: May 14, 2006
Size: 18.1 H
Donated by: Karen Unger
Arrival Date: December 23, 2014
Johnny Cash stands at an impressive 18.1 hands and weighs approximately 2,200 pounds! A light bay with lots of chrome (white markings), Johnny is a must-see for all Quantum visitors. Johnny and his donkey side-kick, Carlotta, were donated by Karen Unger in 2014 after her husband’s death. Bob Unger retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department as a Master Sergeant, was a veteran of the US Navy and loved field hunting with his beloved Johnny. Prior to Bob’s death, this couple supported veterans’ causes and were aware of Quantum’s work with veterans. When Karen decided to donate Johnny, she knew Quantum was the perfect fit.
Johnny’s work as a therapy horse has been exemplary. His huge presence, warmth and quietness has calmed many veterans navigating rehabilitation and community re-integration. Johnny’s provided non-judgmental support for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress, and given freedom to those who feel limited by their physical disabilities a way to focus on their abilities through horsemanship.
Johnny remains a hard-working therapist as he stands at the entrance of his paddock ready to greet all who visit! Who can deny those perky ears and long fluttering lashes a carrot and a few pats?