Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony

by PERSONAL PONIES LTD
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Rowan
Rowan

Two Shetland Ponies enjoying the wonderful summer.

We received Jasper in the summer of 2014 and we realized how lonely Jasper was so Personal Ponies blessed us once again with another pony in the summer of 2015.

Jasper is now 14 years old and Rowan is 7.

Rowan definately keeps Jasper young and provides him with the exercise he desperatley needs.  Over the winter, we realized that Jasper was stealing some of Rowan's hay so he gained some extra weight. They enjoy frolicking in the pasture together and chasing each other around the pen.

My seven year old daughter Anna has been riding Jasper for 2 years and this summer learned to ride Rowan as well.

My daughter, Charlotte, who was born with down syndrome, enjoys brushing the ponies and feeding them carrots and apples. Charlotte began taking riding lessons at a therapy riding stable and is now comfortable with riding our ponies.

My daughter Anna enjoys riding the ponies with her friends. As a family, we are learning everyday how to care for the ponies and provide the best life in their new home.

We thank Personal Ponies for the two wonderful additions to our family.

Jasper
Jasper


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.

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
Quentin and Rennie
Quentin and Rennie

 

 

 

 

Dear friends and family. 

 

We are working hard to make a few positive changes to our program as we head into the 30th year of providing ponies for children and adults with special needs.  All of these changes have two goals in mind.....one is to find more ways to make sure our ponies are available to those that can benefit in communities all over the us and even overseas   The second goal is that we further develop of outstanding breeding program so that we continue to produce the very ancient and special UK Shetland temperament that is so suited  to the work we do.  

 

Your support in helping us achieve these goals is very much appreciated.  We are excited by all the new partnerships we have developed to make this happen. One program in Delaware is especially exciting where our ponies have been integrated into a therapy program at the children's hospital. There are even plans being made to obtain funding to build a barn on the hospital property so personal ponies can be part of the everyday therapy for the children in their care 

 

Please share our mission with your friends and family and continue to help us build our program for the next thirty years and beyond. 

 

 

Quentin
Quentin
Rennie
Rennie
The boys on the med team
The boys on the med team
Pretty Boys
Pretty Boys

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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PERSONAL PONIES LTD

Location: Charlestown, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.personalponies.org
Project Leader:
Gail M Schumann
Charlestown, NH United States
$6,443 raised of $10,000 goal
 
 
175 donations
$3,557 to go
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$10
Helps pay for feed and hay for a child's pony. Many times paying for pony care can be cost prohibitive and our national office tries to help. Providing money for feed and hay can make a difference.
$25
Helps cover some of the yearly health costs for maintaining a child's pony. Veterinarian fees can be costly, especially given the costs a family faces for the care of a differently able child.
$50
Pays part of transport costs for pony travel. Getting our ponies to the children that need them can be very costly. Transport is one of our biggest challenges
$100
Provides funds for breeding costs for broodmare and foal care. Without volunteer breeders we have no future program. Breeders are in need of financial support at times especially for foaling.
$150
Will cover the costs for a new family to purchase halters, leadlines, water buckets, grooming equipment, and saddles or driving equipment.
$200
Pay the cost of gelding one of our young colts so that he can begin his life as a child's pony friend. All colts not in our breeding program are gelded at around 6 months of age.
$500
Will help care for one of our retired ponies for one year. Retired ponies have given a life of service often need extra care and support. Retired ponies are treated with great care and appreciation.
$2,000
Will be held in savings for emergency care for a pony whose family needs help. Economic conditions or personal situations require emergency financial support so a child can keep his or her ponies.
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