Rocky

We’ve put away the harness and hung up his saddle. Our beloved therapy horse Rocky, died of natural causes at the age of 29. Rocky, a registered Appaloosa, was generously donated to Quantum Leap Farm by his former owner, Harriet Henry, in 2000. He was an excellent therapy horse, able to pull a cart, carry disabled and able-bodied riders, and work one-on-one in our At EASE program. In 2001, Rocky was awarded the Florida Animal Hall of Fame Ambassador of the Human-Animal Bond Award for his work with handicapped adults. He was, indeed, Quantum Leap Farm’s ambassador, wearing a panama hat at the Little Everglades Steeplechase, dressing up as the “Christmas Pony” at the annual QLF Holiday Bash, and stepping off the trailer at events as far ranging as a USF Leadership Symposium to a personal appearance at MacDill Air Force Base. His previous career included fox hunting and showing in numerous hunter-jumper and dressage competitions. Rocky was one of a kind and like no other horse. He served challenged humans unstintingly, from tottering two-year-olds to hospice patients merely desiring his company. He will be missed. R.I.P. Rocky, our friend.