Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, Inc.

Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, Inc. strives to offer a meaningful experience that will enhance wellness, build life skills and bring great joy and self-esteem to children, adults and families with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional or socioeconomic special needs. We do this by providing funding for equine (horse)/animal assisted activities, agricultural and environmental learning opportunities, and the development of innovative, beneficial projects. We believe that in fostering the wellness and independence that develops through the beneficial relationships between people, animals and the environment we can make a positive impact on our community and...
Jul 2, 2014

Welcome to Summer!

Feeding grass to a Dusty after a great session
Feeding grass to a Dusty after a great session

Greetings everyone! It's finally here, SUMMER! After the longest, coldest, snowiest, darkest winter I can remember...warmth is finally here!

We have had a busy spring. Unfortunately we got a very late start thanks to winter holding on until May. Then rain and cold continued, which pushed us even further behind. But in the end we were rewarded with lovely spring weather and we wereable to get caught up.

This year we welcome back 4 adult groups, and our volunteers from Broome Developmental Center. And we have 12 lesson students actively participating each week. We hoped to do more, but scholarship funds were not available due to our June gala being postponed. Our are is still struggling, so support has been slim. We do our best, but we can only offer so much at no cost...the horses have to eat, and boy do they let us know it!

We have been busy planting gardens and enjoying the days at Epona Farm Sanctuary, and helping children and adults learn about themselves through their partnership with the horse. I had a wonderful interview with Angel Tobey of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), and am looking forward to talking with some other groups in the very near future. While times are tight, I know in my heart that our supporters will be behind us as we move forward, I have all the faith in the world that our clients will continue to grow, learn, and become wonderful people of exceptional character. And I have that faith because of YOU and your continued support!

Please be sure to watch our website and facebook pages for updates, photos and more news!

Thank you so much for your continues support!
Colleen Cheechalk and the Borrowed Freedom team

First rides!
First rides!


Mar 31, 2014

Welcome Spring!

Sandy and Alyssa during training day
Sandy and Alyssa during training day

Let me tell you...

I am so glad to say GOODBYE WINTER!

This has been the longest, coldest winter I can ever remember and I sure am glad that spring is on its way! We have Thoroughbreds to learn with!

Sandy (JC Say Halo Sandy) and Leon (JC Thundering Roar) are doing exceptionally well. Having them at Second Chance Thoroughbreds has made all the difference. Even in this cold, when very little serious work could be done, the horses are handled, worked with and loved, each and every day. They are quickly moving into new roles of healing partners, and we couldn't have picked two nicer horses! They each have gentle, yet inquisitive personalities, and they quickly adapt to varying experience levels. These are qualities we seek in therapy horses, and these two are simply perfect.

We will be hosting our annual Triple Crown Gala on June 6th this year, at the Endicott Visitor Center. The proceeds this year will be used to help support this growing program, as well as new programs for Veterans. The partnership of Veterans and War Horses is perfect. Each has lived their life in service to others, each will move on from that to civilian life. The transition may be simple, and it may be wrought with psychological and physical special needs that need patient and supportive care and intervention. We are thrilled to have joined the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program, and will be working with them to advance our programming for Veterans.

As this program starts to grow, we are just overwhelmed with gratitude to all of you who have stepped up to support these horses and the people who will heal and grow with them. We are so grateful to you all, and we cannot wait to share the success stories that will follow!

Many Thanks!

Colleen Cheechalk

Mar 31, 2014

Spring Update!

Goodbye Winter!
Goodbye Winter!

It has been a long, cold, winter. Did I mention cold? How about long? The words Polar Vortex are two that I hope I can erase from my memory after writing you all this report!

All joking aside, it was a difficult winter for the horses, for families, for everyone. The extended cold took a toll of the resources that many of our families have so little of. And our feeding of hay was nearly doubled, putting a serious strain on our budget as well. But, the sun is shining now, and soon the flowers will begin to bloom, the birds will return to nest and all will be right with the world. And we will be ready to start our programming without worry because you helped us this winter during our Drive To Ride Campaign!

What's Happening On The Farm

  • Next week, 20 students will begin a new challenge. They will begin an intensive training that includes rider fitness, horse health and care, and of course...riding. They will commit to ten weeks of hard work with the goal of competing on July 5th, 2014 at the Chemung County Fairgrounds during the Second Chance Thoroughbreds Jubilee Horseshow. Your support is making this possible and we cannot wait for you to see the pictures!
  • This year we will also be launching our Excelsior Veterans Program, which will provide riding, learning and support opportunities for Veterans and their families. We are proud to be part of the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program, and look forward to serving our brave returning servicemen and women, and their families. A generous donation from the Millward family has allowed us to begin these programs in 2014.
  • Our gardens will continue to grow and mature. This year we will be installing topiary of horses and wildlife that will inspire imagination and provide an atmosphere of soothing reflection. The Horse Garden will be planted with beneficial and medicinal herbs just for them, and the remaining gardens will be planted with vegetables and herbs that can be sold at our local farmers market by our students to support their programming.
  • We have created Service Learning opportunities to fulfill our remaining sponsorships for 2014. The teens who are selected will be spending 2-3 days each week here on the farm. They will be responsible for a horse of their choosing, and will care for, groom, exercise and assist with veterinary and farrier appointments for their horse for an entire year. They will also be helping care for the remaining horses, assisting during sessions, and have the opportunity to show their horse locally. We know how important and beneficial the equestrian life can be for teens, and we felt that combining all phases of horsemanship, along with weekly riding lessons, was an opportunity that the majority of youth at risk will never have the chance to experience. We are thrilled to have selected two girls already, and will have room for two more! This is truly a Girl Power program and we are so excited to get started!

That's about all there is for now. Our other programs will be starting once the weather warms a bit more!

Thank you for all of your support, our donors and monthly sponsors truly make this program all that it can be. Without you, we couldn't offer these new and beneficial programs for children and adults. You are the force behind us, and we are so grateful to each and every one of you!

Thank you!!!

Colleen Cheechalk

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