Sponsor a Horse Program
covers the cost to maintain one of our therapy horses.  Your donation helps feed, shelter, provide vet care, farrier services and supplies needed to maintain one of our specially selected equine team members.  
If you have a special horse that you would consider donating to our program, click here for more information and complete the required questionnaire.
It takes a special kind of horse to be a therapy horse; one who is gentle, loving and patient.  Our Freedom Ride team of horses is a unique, invaluable group that embody those very words.  Our equine staff form the backbone of our organization and create the magic that is Freedom Ride.

Billy arrived here at Freedom Ride in December 2016 from Florida TRAC who helps to place off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Billy has adapted beautifully to the life of a therapy horse.  He is most comfortable interacting with his riders and volunteers, he truly is a "people" horse!  He's very handsome, has a playful personality and loves to challenge all of us with his adorable kind face. 

Billy is generously sponsored by:

Anonymous Donor

Bucky is generously sponsored by: 

Anonymous Donor


Cherokee arrived at Freedom Ride in August 2011. Those looking at him would never guess he is a registered paint by his solid color. His gentle eyes and friendly personality have quickly made him a favorite with our riders. He has a steady, smooth trot that is great for teaching our students how to post in the saddle.  

Cherokee is generously sponsored by:
Elliott is a 16 hand OTB (off the track) Thoroughbred who was generously donated to Freedom Ride by Linda and Kendra Harnch. Elliott is a gentle giant and extremely handsome. Though young he has a loving soul and is very wise making him the ideal therapy horse. He has settled into his new role and riders love his childish curiosity.

Elliott is generously sponsored by:
Visit Orlando

Gravity is our Gypsy Vanner gelding gifted to Freedom Ride by LexLin Gypsy Ranch. Gravity arrived here September 2015 and quickly settled in to his new home.  Gravity is a quick learner and has earned the title of equine therapist.  With his calm and gentle temperament he is already a superstar! We are forever grateful for this amazing gift - thank you Lexlin Gypsy Ranch!

Gravity is generously sponsored by:
Dona & Fred Tannler
Halo is our 16.3 hand, 1340 lb., Percheron/Thoroughbred. She showed hunter jumper for many years and was generously donated to Freedom Ride by the Bjerkestrand family.  They wanted Halo to be a therapy horse due to her sweet nurturing nature and beautiful smooth ride. Due to her large size she is able to carry veterans as well as larger riders.  She can be found frolicking in the pasture with her friends. 

Halo is generously sponsored by:
Bess Lee

Huckleberry is a Paint pony.  He has showed in a variety of riding disciplines, but is most comfortable as an English pleasure horse. He is our only pony and is perfect for our smaller riders due to his 14.1 hand size. We fondly refer to him as our "nugget" and he has rapidly become a volunteer favorite due to his playful personality.

Huckleberry "Huck" is generously sponsored by:
Laura & Gary Cornwell


Image arrived at Freedom Ride in January 2010. She is a beautiful Quarter Horse Paint, which makes it easy for new volunteers to locate her out in the field among the bay and chestnut horses. Image has a sweet personality and proudly carries her riders, providing each one the opportunity to build physical strength and stamina.

Image is generously sponsored by:
HuntonBrady Architects 
Elmer & Jeanette Klapperick & their Children, Grand Children and Great Grandchildren
Jasper is a Quarter Horse gelding who came to Freedom Ride in July 2014. Jasper was generously donated to us by a kind-hearted family who had rescued him a couple of years prior. We are thankful that this caring family gave us the opportunity to add this amazing horse to our program!  Whether the rider is in a bareback pad or saddle, Jasper teaches them all basic riding skills and helps build their confidence.  

Jasper is generously sponsored by: 
Friends & Family of Don Kniceley


Noah began his new job as a equine therapist in July 2014. He is a thoroughbred gelding who came from Florida TRAC (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care) in south Florida. They told us: "Noah is extremely calm and willing, always a gentleman...and was made for a job working with children". We agree!! Noah carries some of our physically challenged riders with a smooth and steady step, providing our clients the opportunity to build balance and coordination.  

Noah is generously sponsored by:

Clarke & Suzanne Lemons

Rusty arrived in May 2015 and immediately fit right in! Rusty is a handsome 15.3 hand Thoroughbred gelding with a big teddy bear personality. He is willing to do whatever we ask of him and we have yet to find anything that fazes him, which makes him a great equine therapist!  He is calm and steady, and his commanding size is perfect for our adult riders. 

Rusty is generously sponsored by:
John Hronek
C. Scott Schmidt, DMD MS PA
Whitey arrived at Freedom Ride in September 2013.  This Arabian/Quarter cross gelding is the perfect temperment and size for our program. He quickly settled in to his new home and his job as a therapy horse.  It was like he was meant to be here!  Whitey is such a gentleman and proudly carries his riders, putting a smile on their face. 

Whitey is generously sponsored by:
Mark & Karen Bennie
Wilson is a registered paint gelding who arrived in January 2015. Standing at 14.3 hands he is the 'just right' size and his temperament is truly unflappable.  He settled in quickly and doesn't seem to mind us placing colored rings on his ears, balls tossed over his head or any of the other silly things that we do with our equine therapists. He LOVES the attention volunteers bestow on him and is a great addition to our equine team. 

Wilson is generously sponsored by:
Michelle Duncan
Our Retired Horse Therapists
Our special horses have touched the lives of so many people in so many ways that when it's time for them to retire we find loving homes for each horse. We appreciate how our horses have served and improved the lives of deserving individuals not just therapeutically, but as friends who care for each rider in their own special way.

Bella arrived at Freedom Ride in February 2009. Prior to arriving at Freedom Ride Bella was a school horse at a local barn and enjoyed teaching her riders to jump. As a therapy horse she was the perfect height and provided just the right amount of movement. She is a strong and confident horse with a touch of sass. Bella always carried our beginner riders safely and provides them with the confidence needed to progress in their skills. Batting her big brown eyes at you instantly wins your heart!


Bucky, a very handsome Palomino gelding, arrived in March of 2016. He was exceptional with our riders and has settled into his retirement very nicely. He made fast friends at his new location and fits in with the many other palominos at his new home! 


Duncan is a gentle, sweet, 13.1 hand, Welsh Pony. He was previously a hunter show pony who has a stunning appearance and willingness to please. He has adjusted nicely to his new home and we are very thankful to his family for the opportunity to have had him as a therapy horse. 

Duncan is our newest therapy pony.  He is a gentle, sweet, 13.1 hand, 12-year-old Welsh Pony. We are very thankful to his family who has generously donated him to us. He was previously a hunter show pony who has a stunning appearance and willingness to please. 


Lucky arrived at Freedom Ride in August 2007. He was trained in Western pleasure and showed nationally before arriving at Freedom Ride. Lucky has an easy going temperament and although he has no vision in his left eye, he has adapted quickly to life as a therapy horse. He challenged his riders to try hard and do their best. Although Lucky is a registered Appaloosa, visitors would never guess by his solid chestnut coat and large white blaze.

Papa Chico

Papa Chico was a wonderful addition to Freedom Ride and came to us in June of 2016. He is a 16.2 hand Thoroughbred who came to us from FLTRAC. He was an ex-racehorse, who always liked attention. He is now at his new location and his owner adores him. He will be missed, but we are very happy for them both!

Marshmellow & Joey

Marshmellow & Joey are two adorable miniature horses. This brother and sister duo were ambassadors for Freedom Ride, participating in various community outreach events, marching in local parades and traveling to schools and nursing homes where they bring joy and smiles to all they visit. They are now enjoying their new home and barn.

"Always remember that once a horse has touched your soul they will always be with you"

Daphne, a beautiful Thoroughbred mare arrived at Freedom Ride in mid-July 2014. Prior to Freedom Ride her owner gave her a wonderful home for 12 yrs but had to move across country and was unable to bring Daphne with her. She told us; "Daphne is a sweet, gentle, caring, calm, sensitive and loving girl who deserves the same in return. I believe she has the heart and patience to make a wonderful therapy horse.” She certainly did make a wonderful therapy horse and taught us all how incredibly sweet these amazing creatures truly are.


Ivan was given to Freedom Ride in 2008. Prior to Freedom Ride, this beautiful Arabian cross was a trail horse at The Grand Cypress Equestrian Center. Ivan has helped hundreds of individuals find an improved quality of life by his incredible patience and steady gait. Ivan was also known as the "go to" horse for parades, Girl Scouts earning their badges, foster children painting on him and his calm demeanor in any situation. He will be missed dearly.