Birthdate: November 23, 2001
Duke is a smooth ride and fun to ride. In addition to the Therapeion program, Duke is becoming a favorite with the veterans, and will be a great part of Camp Courage!
Duke came to Courage Rock in the spring of 2023 with the Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center who moved here so the founder could retire. Since then, Therapeion has a permanent home here at the Rock and will forever be Therapeion as a riding program for children and adults with disabilities, condition, or diagnosis.
Duke is a small draft or cobb in size "pony". Haflinger horses are relatively small, are always chestnut with flaxen mane and tail, have distinctive gaits described as energetic but smooth, and are well-muscled yet elegant. Because he is a draft horse, he can carry heavier riders and since he is shorter than most draft horses, he is the perfect height to use for wheelchair mount riders.
Duke was donated to Therapeion by Candy Shoaff in 2013.
From what we have learned, before becoming a therapy horse, Duke would pull a carriage. His job as a therapy horse has touched many lives and helped people with so many goals such as confidence, muscle strength, and of course riding skills.
Our Mission is to engage and develop the relationship between humans and the therapeutic energy of a horse to strengthen the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of ones life.