Once again, it’s time to ask for your help to support the Hope on Horseback Equestrian Center. There are many reasons for you to give, but let me tell you about just one.
I wish you could stand with me as I watch Brad, a 34-year-old Marine veteran, as he is lifted from his wheelchair, balances with difficulty, and moves painfully up the steps of the mounting block. Charlie, one of our patient and well-trained therapy horses, was waiting by the block, quiet and still, as Brad is helped to stretch tight and weak leg muscles over the back of the horse and gently lower himself into the saddle.
Determination is one word that comes to mind. Courage is another.
As soon as Charlie moved away from the mounting block, Brad’s whole demeanor changes. If you only saw him on the back of a horse, you would never realize the damage his disease has caused to his thin frame. Brad is a man in charge again….a Marine. It takes my breath away every time I see him ride. Brad’s disease has taken his ability to speak, but not his dignity or the pride and pleasure he expresses as he spends his hour riding with us.
There are so many more stories I could tell. Stories of the volunteers who never miss a class knowing that if they aren’t there, Brad and the others will be disappointed. Stories of our horses that have the ability to motivate, encourage, build confidence and strength without saying a word. Stories of the families and caregivers who face daily challenges most of us can’t imagine.
As a donor, you can become part of the story as well. Please consider a gift today.
To donate today, please click on the donate button below.
This will take you to PayPal where you can use your account or pay by credit card.
There is a “write a note” section on PayPal where you can specify memorials or in honor of someone if needed. Please add the name and address of anyone you would like us to notify of your gift.
_ _ _
If you prefer to send your gift via regular mail, please mail to:
All gifts made to the Hope on Horseback Therapeutic Riding Center are tax deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3