Meet the Miracle Makers…
MTRA’s program horses are the literal vehicle through which countless miracles happen every day. The bond between horse and client often grows into something so profound, words are sometimes inadequate to explain it.
At MTRA, we know that this bond, combined with the talent of our instructors, is what paves the way for our clients to achieve things never before dreamed possible… Autistic children speaking for the first time in their lives. Stroke victims regaining mobility and control. Adults with MS relaxing the rigidity in their muscles after years of tightness and inflexibility. Paraplegics who regain core strength to become more independent.
That’s why every one of our program horses are treated with the utmost respect and care. The diversity of our program horses is vast, with breeds ranging from Quarter Horses, buckskins, Paints, an Arabian, Dutch Warmblood and a pony. Additionally, each program horse possesses a distinct personality, as unique as the client they will be meticulously matched with. Yet, they all have key traits in common. They are honest, gentle, patient and sound.
As our list of clients grows, so must our family of program horses. If you are interested in sponsoring a horse, go to our How You Can Help page for more information. If you have a very special horse that you think may have a calling as a therapy horse, please contact our Program Director Pam Morrison.
SPIRIT Beautiful in spirit and in person Also known as "Clown", this colorful and attractive American Paint Horse was a western pleasure show horse that came to MTRA in January 2017 with an injury. We are getting her back on track and will start using her...read more
THUNDER Show horse turned therapy horse Thunder joined Team MTRA in November of 2016. He is an Arabian horse and spent several years as a show horse, then began his career as a therapy horse before coming to Ocala. He has worked with our Freedom Reins...read more
SOLO A trail of kindness leads to MTRA Officially known by the AQHA as Ropin Solo, this wonderful Quarter Horse gelding spent most of his life as a trail horse before joining MTRA in September 2016. Solo is very sweet and kind—a perfect therapy horse for...read more
ROWDY A special color for special riders Registered as Double WS Easy Jet, "Rowdy" is a Quarter Horse who was a barrel racing horse in his previous life and recently did a wonderful job at our Special Olympics. He loves being a therapy horse and is loved...read more
MARSHMALLOW Great things come in small packages Marshmallow is loved by all and is a Welsh pony who joined Team MTRA in November 2016. She is loved by all and does an excellent job with our littlest riders. She is always ready to work and is a great...read more
Daisy Colorful and consistent at Greenway This wonderful brown tobiano overo American Paint Horse is registered as Remmington Cream, and she is definitely the cream of the crop! Arriving at MTRA in July 2016, Daisy has turned out to be a wonderful therapy...read more
Chocolate Bringing a lifetime of teaching to MTRA Chocolate joined Team MTRA in July of 2016. A liver chestnut Appaloosa/Thoroughbred cross, she spent her life as a lesson horse teaching riders to jump. This master teacher is just what we need for our...read more
Bubba Keeping our Hillcrest riders safe Registered as Plaudette's Print with the American Quarter Horse Association, Bubba has been a trail horse, a calf roping horse and worked cows in his long and storied career. He is putting all of extensive experience...read more
Annie A national champion trail horse Annie joined Team MTRA in August 2016. She is a palomino Quarter Horse and knows she's special! She is very kind and sweet to her riders and volunteers, and is always happy to work. ...read more
MOODY A partner and friend to all Moody Sunrise is a 1998 APHA gelding donated by Tara Brantley. Moody used to be owned by one of our board members, so we knew he had the makings of a great therapy horse for our program. His first owners used him as a...read more
GOLDIE A special color for special riders This beautiful golden 2003 model Quarter Horse mare was generously donated to our program by Audrey Kitchens in the fall of 2013. She was a hunter/jumper in her heyday and is very well trained for even our most...read more
ERNIE A Dutch Warmblood with a penchant for people Ernie is one of our latest donations who arrived in July of 2013 and came to us from Annie and Katherine Fraizer of Ocala. He is a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding who stands an impressive 16.3 hands and had a...read more
MOCHA Donated by Sonja Haught Mocha, foaled in 2001, is a breeding stock Paint mare and her registered name is SS Sandy Wind. Mocha is a former trail horse, which gives her the perfect disposition for a therapy horse! She has excellent ground manners...read more
STELLA Everyone rides in STYLE on STELLA! Generously donated by Jene Anderson Stella is a lovely American Quarter Horse mare foaled in 2000, who boasts Zippo Pine Bar on her pedigree, which is a very famous and successful Quarter Horse sire. A trail...read more
SNOWFLAKE Arabian beauty and a puppy dog personality Snowflake is generously sponsored for 2017 by Mitch and Mary Jo Ward of Summerfield, FL Donated by our friend Bridgette McDonough, Snowflake is an Arabian mare and was foaled in 1997. She is a...read more
Wesley A Hillcrest School Favorite Sponsored by the Belleview United Methodist Church Wesley has a very gentle spirit, which is a godsend to have in our horses that service the Hillcrest School for Exceptional Children. Wesley is a 2003 registered...read more