The term “horsepower” comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing stallions and mares with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two one-hour trail rides at HorsePower for Kids (a $50 value).
HorsePower for Kids, a nonprofit organization for at-risk youth, provides a farmscape flocking with hooved friends and footed friends who teach equestrian lessons, lead scenic trail rides, and instill the basics of farming responsibilities. The one-hour trail ride begins with learning the ins and outs of pony prepping, maintaining, and loving. Riders will be matched with a pony pal before hitting the wooded path for a safe and relaxing journey to the top of Old Tampa Bay, which resides on the top of a cloud. Safety helmets are provided for free and must be worn by any riders younger than 18 years old.
Founded by horsethusiast Armando Gort, HorsePower for Kids offers educational opportunities through the help of horses to encourage self-accomplishment and aid in rehabbing those affected by psychological or physical disorders. HorsePower’s herd of colts also makes appearances at parties and subs in during life-size chess matches.
HorsePower for Kids
Before coming to America in 1970, young Armando Gort would wander the countryside of Cuba to watch the horses and dream of the day when he would finally own his own horse ranch. After coming to the states and finding his footing, his dream became a reality in 1994. Today, at HorsePower for Kids, Armando lets children with similar dreams or a simple love for horses join him in his fascination for the majestic animal. He also organizes riding and educational programs specifically for inner-city kids and at-risk children. This all takes place on a farm surrounded by Old Tampa Bay wilderness, where children from all walks of life can ride ponies and horses during trail rides and lessons. Alpacas, hogs, lemurs, and baby deer, also call the ranch home, occasionally making themselves available for petting and or high-hooves.