DALLAS – If one is looking for an unusual holiday gift, consider that many equine nonprofits offer the opportunity to “adopt” a horse.
Dallas-based Equest allows someone to sponsor the care of one therapy horse, including feed, shavings, horseshoes, veterinary care, tack and stall management, for $5,000. In return, each sponsor receives a framed photo of the horse, the sponsor’s name placed on a special stall sign in the barn and online recognition, as well as an open invitation to visit and see the Equest horses at work.
Sponsors can be one person or many, and payment options are offered.
Monday through Saturday at the Texas Horse Park, Equest’s barns and arenas are filled with instructors, volunteers and more than 200 weekly clients all working to improve the lives of those they serve. Ordinary miracles happen every day, from an autistic child unable to speak a sentence loudly telling their horse to “trot” to the Army veteran who is missing two legs and an arm, mount up, and ride off like he’s the Lone Ranger.
Equest’s horses – known as four-legged therapists – eat a lot, need horse shoes, take vitamins, carry hundreds of clients, and have to stay warm in the winter. Each gift helps ensure that Equest continues to provide physical and emotional healing through equine facilitated therapies and activities, year after year.
If $5,000 is to steep for Santa’s budget this year, here are a few other options:
– $50 buys four bales of hay for Equest’s therapy horses.
– $100 pays entry fee for a therapeutic riding client to participate in a horse show
– $250 brings an Equine Facilitated Learning program and mini horses to a local school or library
– $500 covers class fees for one rider for one semester
– $1,000 provides a semester of counseling for a veteran or his or her family member – help Equest Hooves for Heroes continue to offer veteran services at no charge to the individual.
– $2,500 covers six month of care for a therapy horse
To give, call Equest at 972.412.1099 or visit www.equest.org/donate.