On April 1, 2014, Lauren Davis and Nate Kramer are setting out on their 5+month journey of a lifetime hiking the Appalachian Trail to make a positive impact on their lives and contribute to their passion - the welfare of horses and their powerful bond with people. After completing the hike covering 2,200 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine, they plan to continue on into the International Appalachian Trail by hiking up to another 690 to 1,900 miles.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Countless numbers of horses are abused, abandoned, and destined for slaughter every year. Hoofin' It will help save some of these beautiful creatures and also train them as therapy animals, forever changing the lives of children and adults also in need. Equine therapy assists with autism, PTSD, and many other physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The psychological and physical impact of horses can be as simple as building confidence to as astounding as first words and first steps.
How will this project solve this problem?
Hoofin' It will raise funds and inspire others to take charitable adventures. Lauren struggled as a child and young adult to find normality in a twice-divorced family, a constant clash with my siblings, and a terrible loneliness. A "throw away" horse, whose function as a brood mare was over, changed the direction of her life. Nate, serving in the Marine Corps for nine years, experienced the detrimental effects of war and military life, and discovered how horses are improving Veterans' lives.
Potential Long Term Impact
Lauren and Nathan will use their own funds to support themselves along the trail. The funds raised will help reduce the unwanted horse population, retrain horses for multiple careers, and make equine therapy available to more people. Close to 50 million people, young and old, have disabilities. One in 88 children lives with Autism and 1 in 4 veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Equine therapy programs benefit people with special needs in ways that no other therapy can.
Total Funding Received to Date: $25
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,975
Total Funding Goal: $25,000