“The horses make my stress go away.”

-Rider living with Down Syndrome,
Age 42

At Giant Steps, we are extremely fortunate to have amazing “therapists.”
Help us keep them happy and healthy by sponsoring one today.

Sponsor A Horse

Corky Corky Partially sponsored by the Figueirinhas Family


A Morgan, Corky was born in 1993, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 17. They say opposites attract; unlike his best friend Darren, Corky likes to stir things up in the herd, and enjoys bossing the other horses around. He does especially well with riders who need to work on balance, and thrives with an audience. Corky teaches strength.

Corky Crystal


A Paint, Crystal was born in 1998, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 17. She is always aware of her surroundings. She never ignores guests in her stall – she is interested to know who they are and what they want. She likes clear directions and expectations and is always looking to please. Crystal teaches awareness.

Corky Darren Sponsored by Hamel Family Wines


A Quarter horse, Darren was born in 1996, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 14. He is one of the most dependable and versatile horses in the barn, and the strong, silent type: calm, stoic and eager to please. Darren teaches gentleness and consistency.

Corky Excel Partially sponsored by Nate & Reid Venkatesen


A Zangershiede, Excel was born in 1995, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 17. He was awarded the Region 11 PATH Horse of the Year in 2016, and is one of our steadiest horses. His easy-going nature appeals to a variety of riders, and he stands out as being a friendly ‘therapist’ who creates a special bond with many of our students. Excel teaches communication.

Milly Milly Partially sponsored by Julie & Tom Atwood


An Oldenburg, Milly was born in 1998, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 16. She is our biggest mare, with a big personality to match. One of her greatest strengths is to read people and give them exactly what they need. Milly teaches present mindedness.

Mr. Fizz Mr. Fizz Partially sponsored by Caroyln Klebanoff & Fred Cohen

Mr. Fizz

An Irish Sport Horse, Mr. Fizz was born in 1995, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 20. He would curl up in your lap if he could, but considering he measures 16.3 hands, it is likely not a good idea. Whether he has met you a million times before or this is the first, Mr. Fizz will welcome you with open arms. Mr. Fizz teaches acceptance.

Odee Odee


Odee is a jack of all trades, and a master of them too. He has been there and done that, which makes him a perfect therapeutic riding horse. Odee started life as a cutting horse, then became a western lesson horse. In his spare time Odee attended parades and carried flag bearers and he took his owner, Pete, a self-professed beginner in the horse world, on trail rides. Once at Giant Steps Odee fit in to all classes right away. He is patient and careful with riders who need full support as well as honest and forgiving with those who are learning how to use their reins to steer off lead for the first time. Odee loves people and he is often the first head you see hanging over his stall door upon entering the barn. Odee teaches balance.

Pepe Pepe Sponsored by KCS Estates


A Tennessee Walker, Pepe was born at Giant Steps in 2002. The barn comedian, he is affectionate and loves to give and receive attention. Like his best friend Tuey, he has a playful attitude, and his boisterous nature draws the rider’s attention and has a calming effect, enabling the rider to focus and concentrate. Pepe teaches a sense of humor.

Scarlet Scarlet Partially sponsored by Trevor Gilmore & Frederick Felman


Born at Giant Steps in 2001, Scarlet is a Tennessee Walker, and the Grand Dame of the barn. Scarlet is a benevolent leader and she carefully protects her rider as one of her own. Scarlet teaches confidence.

Shahara Shahara Partially sponsored by the Equus Foundation


An Arabian, Shahara was born in 1995, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 17. She is the smallest in our herd, and her narrow build is well-suited to riders who have high muscle tone in their legs. Shahara teaches movement.

Tuey Tuey Partially sponsored by Evelyn Greene


A Paint, Tuey was born in 2000, and joined Giant Steps at the age of ten. A junior member of the herd, he brings a youthful and playful attitude to the barn, which extends to his work. Like a teenager, Tuey chooses when to follow directions, giving riders the opportunity to develop and improve their leg muscles, and their focus! Tuey teaches firmness.

Woody Woody


A Quarter horse, Woody was born in 1991, and joined Giant Steps at the age of 22. He is a kind soul, and is trusted in lessons with independent riders learning to trot, as well as with riders who give mixed commands due to lack of focus and processing delays. Woody teaches cooperation.

Peggy Sue

If you cannot sponsor a horse, perhaps you would consider supporting our Emergency Veterinary Fund with a gift of any size.