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Iron Horse Team 

Find our full-time staff and animals. Learn how to help through our online wish list. 

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Stephanie Voorhes COTA/L

Co-Director of Hippotherapy & Animals Assisted Therapy

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Stephanie has worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for over 17 years. She completed her schooling in Minnesota and her first therapy job was in a school setting combined with Early Intervention. Her love of the mountains brought her to Wyoming where she found her passion in hippotherapy. She helped create a farm-based therapy program for adults that is still up and running in Laramie. Montana was the next step in expanding her knowledge while working in an acute and long-term rehab facility. Family brought her back to Colorado where she worked in home health and has now found her forever job at the farm in pediatrics! Steph and her husband enjoy taking care of their cat and chickens, camping, hiking, and gardening in her free time.

Tori Schneider

Barn Manager

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Tori is a Colorado native who joined the team in January of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wyoming. Tori has her Associate degree in Equine Business Management and her Bachelor's degree in Business Management.

Tori started with IPTA as the referral coordinator but now serves as our barn manager. She works diligently to care for our animals while also facilitating our website design and community outreach.

Tori started her journey with horses when she was 11 when she purchased her first horse, Bow lit a passion for horses that still burns today. Tori has ridden many different disciplines but has settled into all-around western riding while tuning up therapy horses and training her horse Freya.  

Leah Ortiz

Horse Walker

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Leah joined our team in May of 2021. Her love of horses started at the age of three when she was first put on a horse. A Colorado native, Leah grew up spending summers on her grandfather’s cattle ranch in Crested Butte. She brings with her an extensive background working with children and families. During college, she worked as a wrangler for two summer camps. She received her BA in Spanish from Fort Lewis College in Durango. In addition to her role as a horse walker, she is our Bilingual Representative, drawing from her degree in bilingual education and years living and teaching abroad in Mexico. She is a mother of 3 adult children and enjoys time in nature, gardening, cooking, and baking gluten-free deliciousness, and caring for her flock of chickens.

Tami Moser

Horse Walker, BS, CAATP

Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Professional

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Tami began with our team as a volunteer Horse Walker in 2020 and became a permanent part of our farm family in 2021. She was raised in Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Animal Behavior and a minor in Zoology. She has always had a passion for the Human-Animal Bond and is constantly expanding her educational base to keep up on the latest training, enrichment and behavioral theories with classes to apply to the animals at the farm. Her love for people and all animals comes through in her quick smile and interactions with everyone.

Emily Hiltz

Horse Walker

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The Herd 

Dancer 

Dancer is our “gentle giant”. She was born in 2004 and is an APHA Quarter Horse / Belgian cross. Dancer is owned by one of our horse leaders who saw her potential as a therapy horse and wanted to share it with the farm. She takes her job very seriously but at the same time will make you laugh and love your ride with her positive, steady, sweet energy. She is currently mastering all the ins and outs of her new job, but before coming to the farm, Dancer’s past jobs included keeping the cows in line in her pasture, pleasure trail riding with her person, and being a companion to an elderly horse to make sure he had a best buddy for all his remaining days. She is friendly and kind, and loves to greet everyone she sees come to her pen; especially all the kiddos that come to the farm. She has a stride as big as her heart and she will never turn down a good neck, face or bottom scratch, or a tasty green apple if you are offering.

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Ollie

Ollie is one of our newest friends that we purchased from a livestock auction. We could not pass up this kind-hearted, perfectly sized horse as he passed through the sale. Due to the nature of his purchase, we know nothing about our friend Ollie's past. The vet guessed Ollie was born around 2002 and through behaviors, we believe he was used as a kids calf roping horse. Now we love having him in our program and he is a great horse for our kiddos that need a little smaller horse. 

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Bob

Bob is our protector of all. If anything is happening on the Farm he is sure to let us know about it. With his huge ears and soft nose, he is a fan favorite with the kiddos. Bob was donated to our program in 2020 as a 6 month old colt. Bob was originally Lola May until it was discovered that Lola was actually a male. 

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Cocoa

Cocoa is a Welsh pony born in 2010 and has a history of attending birthday parties as a party pony for kids’ rides. She joined our team in 2017 and has been such a wonderful addition. She has a kind and caring personality and wants to personally “meet” each kiddo she works with. Her smaller stature makes her less intimidating for some of our very little riders. But don’t be fooled, that little pony has a lot of sass in her body and she is not afraid to show it. Cocoa also has aspirations of starring in unicorn pictures with our special needs friends. 

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Cocoa Puff

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Freya

Freya is a registered quarter horse mare born in 2015. She joined the team at the end of 2021 and is owned by our barn manager Tori. She spends most of her time advancing her training with Tori but is welcomed into the team as a great horse for movement. Freya's sassy walk facilitates extensive movement for the patient. Freya is happy with her home here at Iron Horse as it means lots of treats, turnout when she wants and with aggressive head shakes and tail whips she gets to come back in when she desires to. 

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Cooper

Cooper joined our team in 2019. He was donated by a kind family in Northern Colorado who used him like a barrel horse. Cooper’s barrel career ended due to a hoof injury preventing him from running without getting lame. Cooper loves his new job working with kids and especially loves kids brushing him and spending time with him. Cooper has an oral fixation and loves to play with everything with his mouth, he might benefit from some OT or Speech therapy for his oral fixation! 

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Cookies

Cookies n’ Cream was our first therapy horse. She was raised by Taneal as her mother was Taneal’s first horse. Cookies were born in 2000 and despite her age is still a well-loved therapy horse here at the farm. Cookie's favorite food is candy canes and feels that she no longer has taken a liking to help patients who are emotionally invested in riding her for therapy. 

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Chickens


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Goats


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Tucker

Tucker was born in Sept 2021 and came to our farm to become a therapy dog. Each day he gets to run a play with our animals, wrestle with the cats and say hello to all the kiddos. As Tucker grows up he will be learning how to comfort and interact with our therapy patients. Tucker is owned by our barn manager Tori and enjoys his off time hogging the couch and playing with his best dog friends. 

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Carrie - Laid to Rest 4/2/2022

Carrie was a well-loved therapy horse of ours. During her life, she spent it loving children and teaching young kids to care for horses. Prior to her time with us, she was a 4-H pony and always found joy in long days in the pasture. We hope that the pastures in the sky are treating her well and thank her for all the service she gave us.