PERSONAL PONIES LTD

Personal Ponies Ltd provides small UK Shetland ponies to children that are differently able. There is no charge for our services and not one of of our volunteers are paid a penny. As we head into our 27th year, there about 1800 ponies in our program scattered around the country with volunteers in almost every state sharing ponies with children that need a special friend. There is a special magic that happens when a small pony is paired with a small child that is indescribable.
Jun 11, 2015

HAPPY SPRINGTIME

Hello to all our supporters,

 

Sorry we have been slow to send out this report to everyone.  Spring has been a busy time for us.  If you can take a peak at the photos we shared  you will see why.  Foaling season is always busy but so much fun!  Helping all these young foals into the world to begin their lives as service animals is something all of us cherish.   Many of our reports have been about the program, the children we reach, how we need support to be able to offer our ponies to the children and families but I don't think we have ever shared the care and effort it takes to bring one of our service ponies into the world and to become the pocket pony of a small child with special needs.

Personal Ponies maintains it's own breeding program because we believe the UK Shetland is second to none as far as temperament goes and  that any pony that could survive the coal mines certainly would be patient enough to allow children or even adults to hang all over it.  There is something very ancient in their eyes and something very big in their hearts.   We maintain a herd of 20 stallions and about 30 mares to produce offspring that will then be trained and soon to be certified for service.    First you have the care of the mares and stallions which we pride ourselves in providing them the best natural healthful diet available.  Did you know our breeding stock eats salads, fruits, nuts and herbs everyday?  Then in the 11 month gestation period you have to care for our mares ensuring they are happy and well fed.  Foaling day comes and we now have the beginning of a new life to care for and training starts that very first moment.  All of our foals are carefully imprinted and people often comment they cannot beleive how friendly and calm and sweet they are even at a few days old.   This sets them on the path of service.  Following thier birth they remain with momma and hopefully a small herd of other aunts to look out for them and teach them about life.  At about 6-8 months they leave momma and are weaned.  Shortly after weaning we do return them to their herd for a bit until we are ready to prepare them for formal training.   All during this first year they are handled and exposed to life so that when it is time for training they are already well balanced individuals.  Training begins and takes about two to three years.   It is a long but most rewarding process. 

We thank each of you for supporting our program.  We hope you enjoy these photos and will share iwth others.  Feel free to call or write us anytime and come visit!

All the best, Denise Chasin

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Feb 9, 2015

The child in all of us

Dear Friends of Personal Ponies,

For nearly thirty years we have shared our mission with people which has always been to provide a little magic in the lives of children with special needs.  Although we have always had that mission, we never defined "how old" a child was nor have we ever defined what "special needs" one has to have to participate in our program.  There is a very good reason for that.   Persoanl Ponies believes that there is a child in ALL of us and that everyone of us has some special need.  And because of that, I am so happy to share with you these photos of our work in communities around the country where we have made a difference in the lives of adults that are differently able.   One of our volunteers had a regular visit from an older gentleman who recenlty passed away.  Mike had alzheimers but he loved his time with our ponies.  Mike even came out into the community for hospital visits to share the ponies with people.  As our state director said, "what the mind forgets, the heart remembers"/

The focus of this report is to share with you the depth of what Personal Ponies is about.  The pictures attached should be a good representation of our reach beyond the children that are still the heart and soul of our program. Please stayed tuned for a newly developed mission statement that we will share with you to include the greater reach of our program.

Many thanks for your support.  Truly your support is what allows us to prepare to celebrate our 30th year in 2016.

All the best,

Denise

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Nov 7, 2014

New Programs in Personal Ponies

Dear Friends of Personal Ponies,

As the year is coming to a close, we have been spending a lot of time working towards new goals and programs for the coming years.  For many years the focus of our program has been on placing ponies in the homes of children with special needs.  The other focus has been on volunteer farms all over the country that host a pair of ponies and share them in their communities.  Maybe having children come to the farm to interact with the ponies or maybe bringing them to the local nursing home, daycare center, hospice, ....you name it!!  

This year and going forward we have created new partnerships around the country with Therpautic Riding Centers , Schools and, soon we hope, a hosptial where our ponies are available to interact with and incorporated into their programs.  There are so many benefits to us, the children adn the programs to have this partnership.  We will be able to reach more children and have our program enhance the existing therapy programs.  The schools love having the ponie part of their everyday life for the children to learn responsibility and care for our poines.  And the hospital will really bring a new element to "making magic in the lives of kids with special needs"

We will keep you posted of our developments as we move forward.  All of your support is so important to us and will help make these new programs a reality in other areas of the country.  Please do share our information with others.  Word of mouth is our best marketing tool.  Enjoy our new website too!!!

All the best,

Denise Chasin

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