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. Sandy and Leon have turned out to be wonderful horses, and are now available for adoption through Second Chance Thoroughbreds to the perfect home. We are so glad that we were able to be part of their transition for war horse to the perfect beloved horse of someones dreams. We are currently raising funds for our next potential war horse who will be used to change lives. We know that there will always be a need, and we hope that we can take two again this year as well. We have been busy planting gardens, teaching lessons, 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. It has been a tight few months, none of us are immune from decreased donations. 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. I aso know that you will help us help horses in need. 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/Excelsior team
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!
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