News & Events

Barn Clean-up Day

Hey All!!  We are getting ready for our annual Fall Hay Day fundraiser event and we have lots to do to get the property ready for the big day.  Please plan to come to 1 or both of our work days – 9/16 and 9/23 from 1 pm till dark (or whenever you actually leave).  There are things for the whole family to do – kids and all.
In addition, we NEED tables for the Hay Day event and LOTS of cases of water for so if you have a table we can use for the day and/or can donate some cases of water that will be great!  Please bring what you can Saturday when you come for the work day and let me know how many tables you have that we might be able to use at the event.
Just wanted to pass along another reminder to bring your raffle basket stuff.  We know the deadline was the 15th but if you are planning to come to the work day this Saturday, it will not be too late.  Here’s the link in case you need it –
THANK YOU ALL for your support, time, and donations – it is GREATLY appreciated!!
– Gwen

HfH Happenings

Hello everyone, keep an eye on HfH Happenings for bi-weekly updates of whats going on around the barn and up coming events.

  • Hay Delivery today 4/15/17.  This morning we had 363 bales of hay delivered.  You may be surprised to know that we go through 6 – 7 bales per day to feed the number of horses we have.  With six volunteers working together we made short work of moving it from the delivery trailer to our storage trailer.  If you’d like to help with this chore we will be doing it again in less that sixty days.  We will announce the next delivery date on HfH Happenings around the first week of June.
  • Construction:  On 4/18/17 our much needed roof replacement begins.  Two local companies; Commercial Solutions and Baker Roofing are teaming up to provide this incredible gift for HfH.  We have lost the full use of one third of our barn due to roof leaks and this new roof will give us our entire barn back and better enable us to serve our special needs clients.
  • Training:  In an effort to get more consistency and better responsive with our horse we have implemented an intense training program that all or our horses will be participating in.  Titan and Romeo: the first horses to go through our new Beginner Horsemanship Program continue to progress and are only weeks away from from completing this initial phase of their training.    We plan to start videoing these training sessions and post them on our web site soon.  A special thanks to Colleen Dalton for all of her help in grooming these horses and getting them ready for me to work with each day.  Her help makes it possible for me to work with 3 – 4 horses per day as opposed to 1 – 2.

Teamwork at its Finest

Two local companies, Baker Roofing and Commercial Solutions are pulling together to help Horses for Hope and their special needs clients by donating their labor & materials to provide us with a much needed barn roof. Construction is scheduled to start in a couple of weeks. We are overwhelmingly thankful to both Baker Roofing and Commercial Solutions for this wonderful donation.

2nd annual Autism Awareness Day @ HfH

Horses for Hope would like to send a tremendous “THANK YOU” to the group that came out from Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services and for spending their Good Deeds Day with us this past Sunday, April 2nd. Many projects were completed and a bunch of the mini horses were groomed and loved on by this group. It was a pleasure working with all of you and we welcome the chance to work with you again soon!

Special Thanks to NCSU Vet School!

The North Carolina State University Veterinary School has offered to do a complex castration for our mini horse, Cooper.  He is a cryptorchid stallion which means one testicle did not descend properly and is stuck on the other side of his abdominal muscles.  This will be a teaching clinic surgery for the more advanced veterinary students and as with all surgeries there is risk involved.  This surgery will be closely supervised and assisted by Dr. Callie Fogle, DMV, DACVS.  This will take place March 10th at the vet school’s main facility.  After the surgery, Cooper will be recovering at Gwen’s home so he can be closely watched and recuperate without the stresses of the other horses in close proximity.  It can take up to 6 months for the male hormone to be gone from his system and for his stallion behavior to disappear.

This donated service saves our organization $1,500 – $2,000 on this type of surgery.  It is necessary and potentially life changing for Cooper, and we cannot express enough gratitude to NCSU Vet School for this generous contribution.

We are grateful for the partnership that NCSU Vet School has formed with HfH. They have been performing all our standard castrations for years now – free of charge, but this is especially above-and-beyond standard. Please keep him and the staff/students at NCSU in your prayers for a successful surgery without complications.


Thank you Triangle Equipment Co.

We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Greg Joyner and all of Triangle Equipment Co. Greg and team were gracious enough to let Horses for Hope demo one of their Bobcats for a brief period of time.  Because of their generosity we were able to give our facility a much needed face lift by re-working the compost piles, grading some areas with severe drainage problems and improving our training area.  Our facility looks so much better now!

This generous gift has allowed us to not only improve our facility but it also helped us to realize how much we really need one of these machines.  We are starting a fundraising effort to make this possible.  Horses for Hope is looking forward to doing business with Greg in the future and cannot recommend Triangle Equipment Co. highly enough for equipment rental and purchase needs.  Thank you again, you are absolutely great to work with.

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Volunteering Update – January 2017

If your passion is horses, children, or helping special needs families – then let us fuel your passion.

Seasonal Therapeutic Riding Volunteers

Help 1 day a week ~60 minutes for 10 weeks.

Our TR program is 100% volunteer based. Without volunteers we have no way to support our special needs families with FREE Spring and Fall therapeutic riding!

  • Horse leaders: We need people ages 15+ EXPERIENCED in handling horses to be a horse leader for our Therapeutic Riding sessions. New horse leaders MUST train with us. See our calendar for announced training dates. Email Gwen for more info (
  • Side-walkers: ages 15+ to walk beside our TR riders providing support and direction. Email Julia (
  • Groomers: younger ages require parental supervision. We need groomers all year. Email Julia (

If you wish to volunteer, please email Julia for the volunteer forms and complete our online registration for volunteers at: Horses For Hope – Volunteer Intake Form to let us know what days and times you can commit to serving. Please only mark the days and times you want to volunteer. (if the form doesn’t work, please let Julia know)

Year-Round Volunteering Opportunities

  • Groomers: younger ages accepted dependent on child and Gwen. We need groomers all year. Email Julia (
  • Feeders: Feeders are needed every day – early mornings and early evenings. We will train. This requires a commitment, as it is no matter the weather the horses depend on us for feed and water. Must be 15 or older. Anyone younger will have to work with an adult. Teams are encouraged. Email Gwen for more info (
  • Barn Clean-up & Maintenance: We are always looking for people to poop scoop or help maintain the property and trails. Email Julia for more info (

Committees, Fundraising, Marketing

Help us to grow Horses for Hope by serving as committee members, fundraising help, marketing, grant writers, certified accountants etc., to volunteer time and services. If interested, please Email Gwen for more info (