Our Therapy Herd
Say hello! Look through our horses and donkeys to find your perfect match.
Birth Date: July 15, 2006
Size: 17 H
Arrival Date: December 9, 2021
Suffolk Punch is a rare breed of quintessential giants with sweet, quiet personalities. Dino is nothing short of that and became an instant therapy horse! He is patient, mellow and sweet – Dino adores belly rubs, treats and kind words. In the arena, he’s accepting of all things that come with being a therapy horse, from shooting hoops to noodle jousts and corn hole! Dino serves our medium to large adult riders in Therapeutic Riding and kiddos on our Family Fun Days. He is also the gentle giant of our mental health EASE program, teaching many that our physical appearance does not equate to who we truly are!
Birth Date: November 13th 2008
Size: 13.3 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 enjoys his own pasture, but will go greet other horses over the fence when he wants some company. Griffin is the perfect fit for our smaller participants in Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy program. He has a great slow and steady go button, which makes him perfect for our low muscle tone clients, a cluck or a light tap will send him on his way! Griffin is a smarty pants and an all around adaptable dude.
Birth Date: January 1, 2009
Size: 17.2 H
Donated by: Lisa Butash
Arrival Date: March 23, 2022
Barron is a big handsome horse with a big personality to match! He loves people and any sort of human attention but mostly praise pats and of course treats. He’s a retired field hunter and used to live with his old owner Lisa Butash and our other therapy horse, Flynn, who passed in 2022.
Barron wasn’t sure about his new job as a therapy horse, but after some settling in and learning that work can be relaxing too – he has become the biggest star in therapy across all of our programs! Barron helps medium to large riders in our Therapeutic Riding program gain independence, he is a pony ride master for all of our little ones at Family Fun Days, and who doesn’t want to hangout with this big and beautiful equine during EASE sessions for our veterans and rehabilitation groups!
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: December 15, 2010
Height: 13.3 H
Owner: Phoebe, Cassidy, David, 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.
Her owner, Mark, is a Veteran participant in our Therapeutic Riding Program – he’s also a donor and former Board member. His daughter Cassidy, has several diagnoses that leave her legally blind and with a brain injury, but our Therapeutic Riding program provides a safe space for her to spend time riding Twinkles with her sister Phoebe!
Twinkles is a huge help in our Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy program for many of our little participants. She also helps veterans and rehabilitation groups in our mental health EASE program.
This young mare is sweet and sassy - and she loves her pasture mate Liberty!
Color: Chestnut Brown
Birth Date: August 1, 2008
Donor: Karen Unger
Arrival Date: December 23, 2014
Presenting the Queen of Quantum … CARLOTTA! This cute-as-a-button donkey may be small but she is full of sass! Although she arrived with Clydesdale Johnny Cash, her current love/hate interest is Eugene. She’s a stickler for being treated gently and with respect, but if you do it her way, she’ll fall in love with you. Just ask Eugene, who shares a stall with her – he can show you the way to her heart: let her eat first!
Color: Slate Grey
Birth Date: September 1, 2004
Donor: Kim Dubendorf
Arrival Date: December 1, 2004
Baby Eugene came to Quantum in his first year of life, after his previous owner was forced to close her own equine-assisted therapy program. He and his mini-horse companion, Honey, were adopted here to be part of our Kinesthetic Therapy program helping kiddos with sensory integration deficits. This burro is very sweet and kind – you haven’t lived until you’ve felt him pick up a treat from your hand with his gentle, velvety lips. Unlike our horses, he seems to appreciate the difference between a finger and a carrot. Eugene’s endless curiosity and interest in people makes him an invaluable “asset” in our programs!
Birth Date: August 10, 2001
Size: 15 H
Donated by: Dr. Gail Latlief & Lydia Gladwin
Arrival Date: May 22, 2021
Khan is a retired show and trail horse – he’s both beautiful and elegant, and he knows it! He has a playful, but sensible personality and loves his role as a therapy horse. Khan has received high quality training in his past and his skills are reflected in his work in the arena. While he’s patient enough to accommodate beginners, he’s skilled enough to perform well for our more experienced riders. He loves human attention, praise and treats. Treats maybe a little too much: he gets super excited when there is a carrot in his immediate future! Khan serves children and small to medium size adults in our Therapeutic Riding & Hippotherapy program. He also proves to be a wise teacher and “comfortable nap buddy” in our EASE sessions with veterans and rehabilitation groups.
Birth Date: July 13, 2015
Size: 14.1 H
Arrival Date: October 12, 2022
Liberty was an immediate favorite when she got to Quantum. She can be found snuggling with everyone she meets. Liberty was born in a slaughter house and was rescued and trained under our very own Operations Supervisor, Cami Brady. She did barrels, reining and drill team.
Liberty is a sweet, young thing! We are lucky she has the perfect curious and sweet personality to be a therapy horse and hope she has a long and happy career helping others. Liberty works in our Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding Programs carrying our small riders. She also works in our EASE program helping our veterans and rehabilitation groups. Liberty loves her pasture mate Twinkles and thinks that Barron is very handsome. Her favorite treat is to drink out of cups, especially your smoothie cup!
Birth Date: February 1, 2004
Size: 17.1 H
Arrival Date: July 1, 2022
Prince is perfectly named as he was definitely born to rule the herd! You can always find him and his best buddy Tie grazing together and watching over the rest of the herd. Prince and Tie can be found in their stalls enticing guests to bring them treats and give them some neck scratches! He spent his career as a hunter jumper, but was ready to retire from jumping and start his most important work – being a therapy horse. Prince works in our Therapeutic Riding Program caring our medium riders, as well as our EASE program.
Birth Date: October 1, 2009
Size: 18.3 H
Arrival Date: April 1, 2023
Mack is nothing “short” of his name! He stands at a whopping 18.3 H and towers over the rest of the herd. Although Mack has a big boy presence he loves nothing more than his tiny herd mate, Waffles! You can always catch these two grazing on lush pastures side by side. Mack spent his career doing light dressage and was part of a mounted patrol unit. He works with our large riders in the Therapeutic Riding program and is already an instant therapy horse with our veterans and active military participants who come from the VA. If he is not hanging out with Waffles or in programs, you can catch him laying down in the pastures for a snooze!
Birth Date: June 9, 2010
Size: 13.1 H
Arrival Date: April 1, 2023
You are in for a “treat”! This sweet, little pony is as cute as it gets and is already making an impact in our Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs. Waffles spent part of his career as a cow pony in MO and then in FL as a kid’s hunter jumper and trail pony. He is the perfect size for our little ones at Family Fun Days and just loves attention overall. You can find him with his big buddy Mack or his other herd mates in the ELAPP.
Expenses per horse total $12,000 each year!
Our expenses this year totaled $180,000 in horse care!
Medication & Care
Feed & Supplies
Stall Bedding & Removal
Transportation & Training
Our Retired Horses
Did you know?! We pay an additional $20,000 a year to board our retired horses off site to provide them with a well-deserved retirement. Your donations can help support them too!
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 was a staple in all our programs – he provided consistency for our younger kiddos while challenging our Military participants in the E.A.S.E. program. Tie loved his job, but is now fully retired after 20+ years of service!! He now gets to just enjoy his days grazing on Quantum’s pastures and being loved on by staff and volunteers. He 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!
Size: 15 H
Arrival Date: 2004
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, and served 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.
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 enjoying the cooler weather!
Color: Chestnut Tobiano
Birth Date: March 18, 1999
Size: 16.2 H
Donor: Caitlin Robinson & Family
Arrival Date: November 7, 2013
My Obvious, known simply as Mo, was simply an incredible therapy horse! He is a registered American Paint Horse donated to Quantum by Caitlin Robinson and her family. Mo may look like a tri-colored paint, but that’s only because he likes to roll in mud. He is a statuesque 16.1 hands tall, and his curious personality made him a perfect equine-therapist in our EASE sessions. Mo is good natured, level-headed, patient, obedient and playful, which gives him a seemingly innate ability to penetrate participants’ emotional walls and help them be more present. We could create an entire photo album dedicated to the many moments of connection our participants experienced with this special therapy horse! Mo has retired to Clayton, Georgia and is enjoying cooler weather.