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Welcome to HorsePower for Kids
Where Animal Lovers of All Ages Find Joy!

We believe in creating a haven for animal enthusiasts of every age. While our activities, such as pony rides and playgrounds, are specially designed to captivate the hearts of children under the age of 10, we wholeheartedly welcome visitors of all ages.

Embrace Your Inner Child

If you're an animal lover, you'll find that our sanctuary is the perfect place to let your inner child run free. The joy of connecting with our furry and feathered friends transcends age boundaries. Whether you're a parent, a grandparent, or simply a young spirit at heart, you're bound to find the enchantment that comes from embracing your inside child.

Your Visit, Your Impact

By choosing to visit HorsePower for Kids, you're not only treating yourself to a day of joy and connection but also supporting our non-profit animal sanctuary. Every visit contributes to the well-being and care of our beloved residents. Your support enables us to continue providing a loving home for animals in need.

Come and experience the magic of our sanctuary, where the spirit of kindness and love for animals knows no age limit.

Thank you for being a part of our mission!

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Armando Gort, founder of HorsePower for Kids, was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States in 1970. Armando's dream was to someday own a horse farm where children could immerse themselves in the joys of animals within a genuine farm environment. In 1994, his dream materialized, and since then, he has warmly welcomed children from all over the World.


Armando's equestrian journey commenced at a very early age, leading him to master various disciplines such as Dressage, Western, Hunter, and Jumpers. He truly believes that "Dreams do come true. With diligence and perseverance, any goal is attainable." 


He has always been drawn to animals since childhood. As a small child, he loved sleeping with his pet goat. While others played at the playground, he was tending to animals. His passion for horses ignited at the age of five when he was gifted his first pony, marking the beginning of a lifelong love affair. Reflecting on his journey, he realized that the moments spent with animals and family held the dearest place in his heart. 


Regrettably, many children in the Tampa Bay area miss out on the experience of interacting with animals due to financial constraints: however; at HorsePower for Kids, we aim to change this reality for as many children as possible.

Please click for a financial application below. 

We appreciate your support!

Armando Gort


HorsePower for Kids is licensed for wildlife rescue. We hold licenses with the FWC, USDA, and Class III. Our organization is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured, or orphaned Florida wildlife species. Animals receive diagnoses and necessary services. We provide a loving environment for permanently impaired wildlife or gently relocate them once they have recovered. Some of the animals we treat include raccoons, rabbits, turtles, birds, ducks, deer, squirrels, and more. Please contact us beforehand to confirm availability before dropping off an animal.


You can reach us at 813-855-8992 for more information or by emailing

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