When you adopt a Therapy Horse, your gift helps provide for your horse’s care, feeding and enrichment. You will receive an official adoption packet, including all sorts of fun information, photos and Quantum swag. You’ll also receive quarterly digital updates from your horse, informing you of their recent exploits and accomplishments here at Quantum Leap Farm!
When you sponsor a Therapy Horse, you’re playing an important and direct role in ensuring the health, happiness and well-being of your horse, while supporting Quantum’s mission. You will receive recognition on your horse’s stall and at major fundraising events, as well as an official sponsorship packet. Full sponsors receive a distinctive plaque to display in your home or office!
Our Therapy Herd
Say hello! Look through our horses and donkeys to find your perfect match.
Color: Black & White Appaloosa
Age: 14 years old
Size: 18 H
Flynn is a new therapy horse in our program. He is a Appaloosa Percheron Thoroughbred cross, almost 18 hands high and a 14 year old gelding. As a retired event horse and field hunter, he is quiet, steady and able to carry our larger participants – many of these are military veterans. Flynn is a personable, kind and people loving addition to the herd.
Birth Date: November 13th 2008
Size: 14.1 H
Arrival Date: August 10th 2020
From cow pony to show pony – Griffin has done it all! He may be small, but he is mighty. Griffin lets the herd know he is the boss around these parts. He may be the leader in the pasture, but when it comes to his job as a therapy horse he lets his handler make the calls. Watch him playing follow the leader when it comes to working under saddle. He is definitely an all business type of guy!
Birth Date: March 15, 1998
Size: 13.2 H
Donated by: Jodi Hanna
Arrival Date: June 13, 2008
Idaho is as round as a potato, but we think she looks more like an angel! She is as sweet as a draft horse and as opinionated as a pony, which makes Idaho our go-to mare! We use her regularly in our Hippotherapy & Therapeutic Riding programs because of her patient demeanor with children and her petite stature. Idaho’s white coat makes her the perfect canvas for our finger-painting kiddos experiencing kinesthetic therapy during our Family Fun Days!
Idaho is always ready to trade kisses for treats, and will sometimes even flash you a big toothy smile. As much as she likes her pasture mate Ganelon, she has a definite girl-crush on her mare friends Ariel & Twinkles in the next pasture!
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?
Birth Date: March 1, 1999
Size: 15.2 H
Donor: Barbara Woods & Judd Stables
Arrival Date: November 1, 2015
Luther is a medium gelding which makes him a perfect fit for all our programs! Although Luther loves his stall time, he is always happy to go to work. His ambling gait, as smooth as his coat, provides our participants a stable and balanced ride. Luther is quite comfortable on trail, having completed multiple Century Rides and Civil War re-enactments. This past experience makes him unflappable in almost any situation. Luther is such an asset in our At E.A.S.E. Program – he prefers people to his own herd mates! He uses his lips like fingers as he investigates your pockets for a hidden cookie, or entices you to reach down and scratch his belly!
Birth Date: December 11, 2005
Size: 16.1 H
Owner: Edie Dopking
Arrival Date: May 19, 2013
Although this beautiful Tennessee Walker was born in 2005, he’s still thinks he’s a kid and loves to play with humans and horses alike. A glossy bay with three white socks, Sam stands at 16.1 mischievous hands. Sam does light work in our At E.A.S.E. Program and is currently a therapy horse in training. He excels at trail riding and loves opening and closing gates when needed. He also has a strange obsession with our leaf-blower!
Sam is very friendly and often makes goofy faces when welcoming (and delighting) visitors. You’ll often see him in the pasture flipping his head around to attract his herd-mates’ attention – he is definitely the class clown! Sam only goes out with mares, and trust us, those girls spend a lot of time keeping him in line.
Color: Black Tobiano
Birth Date: July 4, 2002
Size: 14.3 H
Owner: Kris Bagniefski
Arrival Date: June 24, 2017
Shane may appear black and white, but he’s solid gold when it comes to being a therapy horse! In addition to hunter/jumper training, Shane has a western background too. His versatility makes it fun for our participants tapping into their inner cowboy (or girl) learning how to neck rein, western jog or even spin. Shane comes with all the bells and whistles and can’t wait to show them off – he always aims to please! Shane loves going out on trail rides and hanging out with his herd mates in the pasture, but this sweet boy is the first one at the gate when he sees his favorite volunteers or Kris, his owner, coming to bring him inside for grooming and treats!
Birth Date: June 3, 2001
Size: 14.2 H
Donor: Kelsie Dabelstein
Arrival Date: January 1, 2007
Please make way for Prince Tie-Tie! He stands at 14.2 hands, has a pin-up handsome face and this American Morgan Horse is the prima donna of the farm. His stunning good looks made him a knock-out in halter class and his beautiful Morgan leg-action is evident whether he competed as a hunter, in western pleasure or stylishly pulling a carriage. Although we took Tie out of the show ring, we can’t take the show out of Tie. His registration papers indicate he is one of the last of the Kohler family Morgans, and Tie knows it – he is always ready for a photo-op and loves applause.
Tie is a staple in all our programs – he provides consistency for our younger kiddos while challenging our Military participants in the At E.A.S.E. program. Tie loves his job at Quantum and will never turn down a delicious banana and good neck scratch. When you find that spot, he arches his pretty neck and pulls his lips back into a smile!
Birth Date: December 15, 2010
Height: 13.3 H
Owner: Phoebe, Cassidy, Margo and Mark Lalli
Arrival Date: August 23, 2019
Twinkles is every little girl’s dream: a beautiful white pony, living right here at Quantum Leap Farm! Twinkles hit the jackpot when Mark & Margo Lalli bought her for their TWIN girls, Phoebe & Cassidy. We anticipate the girls will occupy Twinkles’ saddle soon, for now she’s a huge help in our Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Programs at Quantum Leap Farm.
Mark is a Veteran participant in our Therapeutic Riding Program – he’s also a donor, a former Board member and now a horse owner!
This young mare is sweet and sassy – she likes her pasture mate Sam, but she loves meeting Idaho at the fence for some equine gossip!
Expenses per horse total $11,000 each year!
Our expenses this year totaled $176,600 in horse care!
Medication & Care
Feed & Supplies
Stall Bedding & Removal
Our Retired Horses
Every year we pay over $30,000 to board our retired horses off site to provide them with a well-deserved retirement. Your donations can help support them too!
Color: Flea-Bitten Grey
Birth Date: April 2, 1994
Size: 16.1 H
Donor: Lauren Barth
Arrival Date: September 8, 2016
Born in France and years later imported to the United States for hunter/jumper equitation competition, Ganelon is a smart and capable therapy horse whose “love nibbles” earned him the nickname of the “Grumpy Frenchman”.
After a stellar career of helping people, he is headed to greener pastures. That’s a welcome, cooler change for Ganelon, a 27-year old gelding who has spent the past five years as a therapy horse at QLF. In his work at Quantum, Ganelon has helped kids and adults with physical challenges improve balance and core strength through occupational therapy sessions, provided strengthening exercise for adults with neuromuscular conditions through therapeutic horse-back riding, and worked with military members in a team-based approach with mental health counselors to overcome the effects of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
Ganelon will be retiring to Cashiers, NC to take advantage of the cooler weather there as he’s struggling with our heat and humidity. He’ll be supervising a few youngsters in the pasture who are there for training, no doubt lending a few equine words of wisdom to his charges. He may occasionally chaperone a nervous youngster on a trail ride as well, and will certainly enjoy the expert care from Anne and Steve Duchac there at Lynn’D Farms. Oh, also he’ll have another Quantum alum to hang out with - Therapy horse retiree Thunder lives there too!
Size: 14.3 H
Donor: Amy Brady & Kelly Fulford
Dee is a beautiful 22 year old QH, 14.3 H and blind in his left eye as the result of chronic uveitis. His first career was working as a cow horse – he spent many years helping his owners manage a large herd. Dee’s disability didn’t stop him from being an exemplary Therapy Horse though – he served children and adults in our Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy and EASE Programs! Over time, his uveitis progressed to his right eye too, and with his vision failing, he was retired to Brooksville where he lives happily with his seeing eye horse and fellow retiree, Sonic.
Size: 15 H
Arrival Date: 2003
Sonic came to Quantum in 2004, when he was 9 years old. He’s a 15.2 H, bay Appaloosa/Quarter Horse with a small white blanket on his rump. He has a kind eye and a heart of gold, serving in all our programs for many years as an all-time favorite. Sonic is sponsored by one of our donors and participants, Veteran Mark Lalli. He loves to cuddle and get hugs. Kiss him on his soft nose and he’ll sigh with contentment. Sonic loves sweets and always eats a piece of cake at birthday parties.
He developed cancer when he was in his late teens. It was treated surgically, but returned a couple of years later. He’s doing well – and has happily retired in Brooksville with his pasture buddy Dee.
Age: 17 years old
Size: 14.2 H
Donor: Pam Roush
Peanut has a sunshiny personality to match his beautiful golden coat, luxurious blonde mane and tail. Haflingers are known for being elegant but sturdy and Peanut is both. He is a friendly, sweet boy who is curious and loving and has yet to meet a stranger. After a career as a pleasure and trail horse, Peanut served kids and small adults in our Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy programs. He is presently happily retired here in Odessa!
Size: 15.3 H
Donated by: Penny O’Dea
It comes as a surprise to learn that our 15.3 H black gelding, Thunder, is a registered Paint. If you look very closely you can see a lighter and darker pattern of pigmented skin underneath his glossy black hair. His official American Paint Horse registered name is “Champagne Dude,” and although he is no Big Lebowski, he’s pretty easy going. Thunder proved himself to be a wonderful Therapy Horse, and served in our Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy and EASE programs. Born in 1995, he was donated to Quantum Leap by one of our volunteers, Penny O’Dea. Currently Thunder is sponsored by our Board member and volunteer, Jackie Martino. Struggles with the heat and humidity in Florida necessitated Thunder’s retirement. He is currently living in the mountains of North Carolina with another Quantum retiree, Ganelon!
Age: 21 years old
Size: 17 H
Stanley Cup is a 17H, 21 year old Hanoverian TB cross gelding. He worked in our Therapeutic Riding Program for years, and in particular was the favorite of one of our pediatric cancer patients, MaKayla. Stanley too struggled with the heat and humidity in Florida. He loves people and attention, and has retired, along with his buddy Roadie, to a B&B and wedding venue in Kentucky and regularly participates in wedding photos there.