Saturday was another hay delivery day and our fantastic volunteers worked under a Carolina blue sky to get this load put in the hay loft. Do you know horses need to eat 1.5-2% of their body weight in forage a day? All that hay keeps their digestive system working at peak efficiency. The digestive process generates heat and along with their remarkable winter coats keeps them warm even when it’s well below freezing. During the winter our herd eats 8-10 bales of hay a day!
Check out Pete’s fuzzy wuzzy winter coat! Those warm winter coats aren’t as effective when they are caked with mud. Thanks to our volunteers for grooming Pete so he’s prepared for the cold temperatures.
Want to get involved? Email us at volunteer@HorsesforHope.org for information.
Another year has passed and 2017 has proven to have been a year full of blessing for Horses for Hope.
Baker roofing and Commercial Solutions took time off from being competitors and came together to give us a new barn roof. The roof on our main barn had gotten in such bad shape that we could only safely use a small portion of the barn. It’s such a blessing to now be able to use the entire barn.
Over the years we had been losing more and more of our riding ring sand to runoff from heavy rains. We called Brinley Grading in Garner for advice on how to correct this problem. After they came out and inspected our facility it was decided that our best course of action would be to simply resurface the ring with new sand. Brinley Grading Co went way beyond anything we expected and called around to several sand companies in central North Carolina getting them to donate the 7 loads of sand needed for the job. Then Brinley Grading hauled and delivered the sand and resurfaced our riding ring free of charge.
Mr & Mrs Joe & Libby Mitchiner of the Mitchiner Law Firm provided us with an awesome surprise in mid December when they funded our first Therapeutic Riding Scholarship Fund that will cover 4 riders for 2018 spring and fall sessions.
God continues to provide our needs through not only these incredible businesses and individuals but also the hundreds of volunteers that serve in various positions all year long. Thanks to all of you for helping us continue our mission of helping those with Special Needs in 2018.
HfH is pleased to welcome the help of Red Hat Technologies. On January 19, 2018 a group of approximately 15 volunteers from Red Hat Technologies, led by Alex Unger will be giving back to their community by volunteering at Horses for Hope. They will be assisting in cutting new trails in the woods prior to the launch of our new trail riding program that is scheduled to start in the spring of 2018. The additional income that this new program will generate will be used to help us continue our no cost Therapeutic Riding Program that is currently serving 40 families with over 270 families on our waiting list. HfH extends in advance a huge thank you to Red Hat Technologies for all of their help.
Hello everyone, keep an eye on HfH Happenings for bi-weekly updates of whats going on around the barn and up coming events.
- 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 will be the first horses to complete this program and are scheduled to go into our lesson program in the spring of 2018.
- We have added a training area complete with an obstacle course. This area is being used to further our horses training, making them gentler, more respectful and more responsive for our students.
- We currently have three colts that we are breaking and training. Rocky, Chase and Gunner are currently in our colt starting program and should be in the under saddle portion of their training in the spring of 2018.
- A Trail Riding Program has been added for 2018 and is scheduled to start in the spring. Start date will be announced later.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Please take a moment and visit our partner at http://www.ncbobcat.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Side-walkers: ages 15+ to walk beside our TR riders providing support and direction. Email Julia (email@example.com)
- Groomers: younger ages require parental supervision. We need groomers all year. Email Julia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)