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.
May 26, 2016

Is It Not Love


Prince Darcy, fondly known as Darcy, is an amazingly compassionate, gentle, intuitive, and kind 4-legged friend to many across the state of New Hampshire. At age 4, Darcy became a certified Pet Partner and has been visiting with folks at a variety of nursing homes. Some visits occur outside, while others require us to enter the building. One especially memorable inside visit involved riding in an elevator to visit all 5 floors of a nursing facility. While walking down one hallway, a nurse approached us and asked if we would walk down to a certain gentleman’s room because he was not being cooperative with going to his physical therapy session. We, of course, obliged and entered the bedroom and began talking with the gentleman about his horse experiences as a young man. He began petting and engaging with Darcy and after a few minutes, went off to his physical therapy session very willingly.

Darcy also attends various events throughout the year. Darcy is the highlight of the Best Buddy Walk in Concord as well as the Strawberry Festival in Bow. He has also led the parade on the field prior to a Fisher Cat game. Darcy also had the pleasure of providing activities for residents that were not able to go outside for the Hoe Down event held at their nursing home. All visits are facilitated by two of Darcy best human friends, Susan Higgins and Kristen McGraw. They make it possible for him to get where he is going and help those he visits by answering all the questions, providing brushes foe grooming, and making it an overall safe experience for everyone.

Darcy also donates his time to UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center by participating in a variety of programs. He travels with his friend Vader to Crotched Mountain May-October 2 afternoons a week to provide therapeutic horse experiences. He also participates in the UpReach equine facilitated mental health program and equine assisted learning program. Darcy is amazing with all populations that have the opportunity to work with him and he really enjoys the special time he gets to spend working with a wide variety of people.

May 16, 2016

Is it not Love?

Darcy talking
Darcy talking

Prince Darcy, fondly known as Darcy, is an amazingly compassionate, gentle, intuitive, and kind 4-legged friend to many across the state of New Hampshire. At age 4, Darcy became a certified Pet Partner and has been visiting with folks at a variety of nursing homes. Some visits occur outside, while others require us to enter the building. One especially memorable inside visit involved riding in an elevator to visit all 5 floors of a nursing facility. While walking down one hallway, a nurse approached us and asked if we would walk down to a certain gentleman’s room because he was not being cooperative with going to his physical therapy session. We, of course, obliged and entered the bedroom and began talking with the gentleman about his horse experiences as a young man. He began petting and engaging with Darcy and after a few minutes, went off to his physical therapy session very willingly.

Darcy also attends various events throughout the year. Darcy is the highlight of the Best Buddy Walk in Concord as well as the Strawberry Festival in Bow. He has also led the parade on the field prior to a Fisher Cat game. Darcy also had the pleasure of providing activities for residents that were not able to go outside for the Hoe Down event held at their nursing home. All visits are facilitated by two of Darcy best human friends, Susan Higgins and Kristen McGraw. They make it possible for him to get where he is going and help those he visits by answering all the questions, providing brushes foe grooming, and making it an overall safe experience for everyone.

Darcy also donates his time to UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center by participating in a variety of programs. He travels with his friend Vader to Crotched Mountain May-October 2 afternoons a week to provide therapeutic horse experiences. He also participates in the UpReach equine facilitated mental health program and equine assisted learning program. Darcy is amazing with all populations that have the opportunity to work with him and he really enjoys the special time he gets to spend working with a wide variety of people.

Darcy
Darcy's outing
Darcy
Darcy's grooming day
Feb 18, 2016

Carson and Snowball

Carson and Snowball
Carson and Snowball

 

 Personal Ponies would like to thank everyone for the continuing support for the program. We have many wonderful volunteers, caretakers, and families that care for the ponies. I would like to share one of these stories with you.

 "Hi my name is Carson! I just turned 5 years old on April 08, 2015. My story started in 2010 when my parents Clint and Ashley started this journey with me. Little did they know I was going to be one special kid because I was born with Down Syndrome. Adjustments were needed throughout the family, but I knew from the very first day I was loved more than I could ever imagine. I was blessed with wonderful grandparents who try to help my parents in anyway that they can. I started school 2 days a week at Carroll County Learning Center on 01/15/2013 in Huntingdon, TN and have now worked up to 4 days a week! I have therapists, Mrs Karlene, Mrs Diane, Mrs Hope, Mrs Kathy, and Mrs Holly who work on my speech and physical difficulties at my school. I love all my teachers and classmates at school. I have a big part of my story to share and one word sums it up.....HORSES.

The story begins with my daddy Clint who was raised in a horse crazy family. Both of his parents,Charles and Elizabeth, have ridden horses their whole lives, and when his older brother Chad and him came along they decided the tradition would continue. My mom also grew up riding horses and that's how she met my daddy. As a teenager my dad and uncle Chad battled every year for high point and world championship trophies in the American Quarter Horse Association on their two great horses Little Berseem "Bucky" and Mr Bar Easy "Mr T". They were very successful and brought home the titles many years. My uncle Chad has continued to ride for a career and my papa Charles still competes as well. When I came along my daddy decided to put the horses on the side and spend all of his time with me. My mommy still rides and competes occasionally.

My mommy and daddy don't live together anymore, but I still get to see them both each week.....I spend Sundays through Thursdays with my daddy because I go to school where he lives, and then my mommy gets me and I spend Thursday through Sunday with her! I love them both very much and am so happy to spend everyday with them.

Two years ago for my third birthday my uncle Chad and his girlfriend Heidi discovered the Personal Ponies organization through a great friend of theirs, Jerri and her daughter Mahala who also has downs. I have always been slightly scared of the BIG horses and they thought this would be a great way to help introduce me to the horse world. So for my birthday I got two ponies all of my own. My first two ponies were a little bit independent for me, and after about 6 months of me not bonding with them they called Personal Ponies. Heidi told them those two ponies were too much for me....so my quest for my first real pony began again....Mrs Cindy from PPL worked day and night until she finally found me one! He came to me with the name Sam, however that's our dogs name, so we renamed him to Snowball! My love for Snowball still began very slowly and it took me a long time to warm up to him. On all sunny days my daddy would bring me to the barn and I started slow with things like leading and petting him during the winter and summer of 2014. This winter I have a friend named Addy who began coming to the barn as well and she loves the horses and Snowball! She decided to ride Snowball on March 19, 2015 and with the help of my daddy, Uncle Chad, and papa Charles I decided to bravely sit on Snowball with Addy for the first time!!! It was such a thrill and I couldn't stop smiling! The following week my daddy and grandma got me a new pair of boots and wranglers. Daddy and Heidi got Snowball back out that day and I once again gathered up my courage and got saddled back up! That day I rode around the whole arena and turned my first barrel at a walk and with a little help from them....I was so excited and kept asking to get back on all afternoon! I have attached photos from those great days at the barn. My favorite part of Snowball is his hair!!! I love to pet his wild mane and giggle every time his white fluffy hair starts flying when he sheds!

 My story is just starting with the horses. Although my family competes they are all so proud of me just for being me. Even if I only ever walk around on Snowball....after two years I finally joined in on my family's crazy love for horses! I got to follow in all their foot steps and ride a pony! I look forward to many sunny days at the barn with Snowball this spring...even all of his white shedding hair included!

Personal Ponies has been such a great thing for me, my family, and so many other kids out in this world. PPL was so patient with me and did everything in their power to help me find a safe and suitable pony match.  Snowball has been such a delight to many children who come through our farm not just me....he is my gentle mini and I love him! Never give up and always reach for your dreams!

Love,
Carson"

Snowball and Carson
Snowball and Carson
Friends
Friends
 
   

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