Our Herd

Meet the Horses Who Call Hunkapi Home

Our four-legged healers come from all different backgrounds. Each horse has been lovingly adopted by Hunkapi via donation or rescue organizations. Their stories are amazing and will touch your heart. The horses of Hunkapi are the life and blood of our program. They give tirelessly every day of the year and touch so many lives through our Therapeutic Riding program, and other services. Please sponsor a Hunkapi herd member today.

We are always looking for new herd members to join our program. If you have a horse you would like to donate, please contact us at (480) 393-0870 or  love@hunkapi.org and complete the paperwork below for either horse donation or horse loan!

Horse Sponsorship Levels

$3,600: Provides a horse with new shoes and farrier visit, regular immunizations, worming, vet exam and nutritional supplements for a full year, plus a new halter, fly mask and all feeding and care.

$2,400: Provides a spacious stall, clean shavings, water, misters in the summer, a fan, and automatic fly control system.

$500: Provides a horse with immunizations, nutritional supplements, and worming for six months.

$100: Provides a horse with a month of new shoes and farrier visits.

$60: Provides a horse with hay and/or grain twice a day for one month.

One-time giving and monthly, sustainable giving options available.

Thank you.  Terra Schaad, the Hunkapi Staff and the Herd.

Introducing the Hens of Hunkapi and our Sophisticated Swine

The Farm wouldn't be a farm with out a flock of hens or a pair of pigs, would it?  Our chickens and pigs are more than just farm animals, however.  Every day the Hens of Hunkapi offer their fluffy feathers as teaching tools for gentle touch, lightness of voice and the pleasure of stillness, while our pair of Sophisticated Swine offer an opportunity to experience curiosity and non-judgemental acceptance.  Please sponsor a Hunkapi Farm Animal today. Sponsorship levels range from $40, which provides a month of feed and care for the pigs, to $120, which will feed the hens for 2 weeks, to $500 to build a new patience building pig pen.  One-time giving and monthly, sustainable giving options available. Thank you.  Terra Schaad, the Hunkapi Staff, and the Hens and Pigs.

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PRINCESS

Princess (I am assertive).

Princess is the smallest member of the Hunkapi herd, sitting at just about 8.1 hands. She is a miniature horse who is small but mighty. She used to live with a bull on a ranch in Camp Verde, AZ. Princess was owned by the land owner of Hunkapi Farms and when he died he wanted her to come to the farm to live the remainder of her days. When he was alive, she used to ride with him in his convertible between Camp Verde and Scottsdale! Princess loves to be a diva and teaches others to be just as assertive as she is.

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APACHE

Apache (I am Calm).

Apache is a former western pleasure Appaloosa who is almost always sure to win the slow contest unless he is by Teddy. His slow, take-it-easy nature, makes everyone calm around him as they move one foot at a time towards progress . He’s loves it when people sing to him and teaches others to take life one day at time and to be calm and patient through it all.

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SHY

Shy (I am Curious).

Shy’s great looks will make you look twice. He is a half Belgian, half quarter horse gelding that is black as the night sky. He loves long walks on the beach, playing with his red ball, and when Lulu the pig visits his pen. Even though his name is Shy, his curiosity and playfulness in the arena teach others to be assertive, set boundaries and come out of their own shyness towards more curiosity to what is possible.

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BLUE DUCK

Blue Duck (I am Forgiving).

Blue Duck, a quarter horse, knows what it is like to experience trauma, having been rescued from a kill pen in Texas just before arriving at Hunkapi. His traumatic past allows Blue to relate to many of the Hunkapi clients and help them overcome their own traumas.

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GRACE

Grace (I am Joyful).

Grace is a Belgian Warmblood from Orange County, California. Grace is a typical California girl: you can always find her basking in the Arizona sun. She was donated to our program after her owner was diagnosed with MS and could no longer ride Grace, although Grace helped her thwart of symptoms of MS for quite some time. She has beauty, but she now also has benign melanomas that can be seen on her beautiful lips.We like to think of them as bumpy lips and tell her she is beautiful every day. She doesn’t ever let them get her down though and still lives life joyfully.

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ZIPPY

Zippy (I am Warrior).

Zippy, is an American Paint who is always looking forward to his next bath, grooming, or petting. Zippy is a ginormous lover who will spend hours rubbing on you and is ready to fall head over heels for just about anyone, but don’t let his love of love fool you, he is always ready to take on a new challenge and obstacle on the trail with anyone on his back!

 

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GRANDPA

Grandpa (I am Honest).

Grandpa is a Holsteiner who was retired from the Hunter Jumper circuit in California. Over the years, he has learned how to escape any situation. Now that he’s here at Hunkapi, Grandpa uses his years of experience to teach others to be honest in their words and body language when they ride him to build a strong, trusting relationship with him.

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TEDDY

Teddy (I am trustworthy).

Teddy is the oldest member of the Hunkapi herd. While we do not know too much about Teddy’s past, we know that a traumatic injury caused him to lose his eye prior to his time here. Still, Teddy has learned to live with one eye and now uses his nose to figure out exactly where people are. Teddy is both wise and playful, has not lost a step in his old age, and continues to teach others to trust themselves and others.

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MAGIC

Magic (I am Magical).

Magic is a retired Quarter Horse who spent his younger years riding on the trail. Because of his stocky build, Magic is one of our lead horses for carrying our older riders, but his calm, steadfast demeanor makes him equally versatile to carry little riders who are afraid. His energy quiets children with Autism on a daily basis and gives them the opportunity to open up to learning, socializing and playing that makes everyone smile. It is magic to watch Magic work. Did we mention he has the most beautiful hazel eyes?

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PISTOL

Pistol (I am Affectionate).

Pistol is Hunkapi’s resident sweetheart and is sure to make your heart swoon. He has been a life long lesson horse and treats each session in the arena like a pro. He loves working with our Therapeutic Riding clients and stashing food in his stall, so you can find him at any given time munchin’ on his personal pantry of hay. When he’s out working, you will often see kids hugging him around his neck and letting their worries melt away.

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SUNSHINE

Sunshine (I am Powerful).

Sunshine is a Warmblood and is a big presence in our herd. He is retired as a Grand Prix level jumper and is enjoying his second part of life as a therapeutic riding horse. Sunshine enjoys hanging out and taking part in little schemes with his best friend Shy. Together, they enjoy spreading out their meals all over their entire paddock, playing with the red ball, and visiting with the pigs. In the arena, Sunshine teaches others to be powerful and understand the influence they have.

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MOONRISE

Moonrise (I am Patient).

Moonrise, more commonly known as “Moonie,” is a black and white paint that was retired to Hunkapi after living in California and swimming in the ocean with his first owner. Now, Moonie, is one of the most relied upon Therapeutic Riding horses because he is so reliable and patient with special needs children. You can often see him walking down our driveways lead by a young child in a wheel chair or standing patiently at our mounting ramp. He teaches everyone in his presence to take a breath and just relax.

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ALFIE

Alfie (I am confident).

Alfie is a retired Grand Prix Jumper from Encinitas, California. Alfie is a 17.5 hand Swiss Warmblood whose grandeur is absolutely majestic. Alfie is an assertive guy and teaches others to be confident and to believe in themselves.

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RANGO

Rango (I am Energy).

Rango is a futurity Quarter Horse and was retired to Hunkapi. His small stature, and beautiful coat make him inviting to pet and love on. He loves to be groomed, but is equally ready to be energetic and fun in the arena. You can often find our kids giggling on his back through the arena.

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KANUNU

Kanunu (I am strong).

Kanunu is by-far the most playful and strong member of the Hunkapi herd. Kanunu is from Encinitas, California and shines in the arena by teaching others to set boundaries and respect their personal space. He is a big goofball and is sure to push his way into your heart.

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MONTANA

Montana: (I am steadfast).

Montana is a quarter horse from Rio Verde, AZ and spent his time as a trail horse just before coming to Hunkapi. In his youth, he was a rodeo horse, but today he combines his experience from the rodeo and trail to be responsive, but steadfast and tolerant of our riders.

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PATRICK

Patrick (I am respectful).

Patrick is one of two beloved pigs at the farm. He enjoys living a mellow life and wandering around the farm, getting belly rubs, and finding mud holes in our gardens. He is the most gentle of the two pigs and always respects your space. He even puts himself to bed on time every night, making parenting this pig a dream.

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JIMMY

Jimmy (I am love).

Jimmy is one of the larger members of Hunkapi’s herd and a native of the Netherlands. Jimmy is a Dutch Warmblood and has traveled the world as an Olympic horse. Here at Hunkapi. Jimmy teaches poise by carrying riders through the arena like a perfect gentleman, and love when he nestles his giant head into their hearts for pets and hugs.

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BUZZ

Buzz (I am Wise).

Buzz is a miniature horse who was rescued from a mini farm in Arizona after her owner passed away. One of our team members found her and didn’t let her old age deter her from giving Buzz a forever home. Since then, Buzz has found her way here to teach others to appreciate their value and serves as the lil’ wise guru who knows just how important her job is.

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HENS OF HUNKAPI

Hens of Hunkapi (I am the still in your sit) .

Little did we know when Hunkapi was gifted 12 hens or shortly afterwards when we adopted 12 more, that that these feathered additions to the farm would be just the medicine many of our kids with abuse and neglect needed to quiet their nervous systems before meeting the horses. Today, you’ll often find a group of dis-regulated kiddos feeding, watering or sitting with the hens. Watch as within moments their voices quiet, their bodies still, and they’re sitting in the straw petting one of the hens. In there, they learn to touch gently, speak  lightly, and to find the stillness in sitting.

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ARIEL

Ariel (I am Safe).

Ariel is a small Arabian who was rescued by an Angel just for our program. Her gentle spirit and small stature make even the most fearful feel safe. Ariel loves bubble baths and flowers in her hair.

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CHANCE

Chance (I am survivor).

Chance came to our program after one of our volunteers rescued him from a kill pen. He was starving and skinny and she nursed him back to health with plans to use him as a lesson horse. After testing him out she realized that what he really wanted was to just be loved and walked with special needs riders on his back and so she donated him to our program. We are so grateful she gave him a second chance and today, we use his story to help kids with trauma understand what it means to survive and continue loving.

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LULU

Lulu (I am girl power).

Lulu is one of two beloved rescue pigs at the farm! She is OBSESSED with food and not afraid to let you know it. Most days you can hear her talking back to one of the staff as she is shooed out of the office or after knocking over barrels of horse feed. She loves to be pampered and must be tucked in with a blanket every night. If you bring her a pretzel, she’ll be your friend for life!

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Business Address

Hunkapi Programs, Inc.

12051 N 96th St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Phone Number

(480) 393-0870