Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony

Jun 20, 2011

Update on Personal Ponies Project Global Giving

Although the government insists that our economy is getting back on track and there are more jobs available and unemployment is easing, we have an inside look around the country into the lives of many of our volunteers who have been very much impacted by the poor state of the economy.  What we have seen over the past few months is more and more families that were holding on for the past few years, reach the end of their rope and are more and more in need of assistance.  

Our program is 100 percent volunteer run which means whatever we do is done by volunteers, no big national office or any large bank accounts.  When we have volunteers in need of help and support, we all pitch in anyway we can to help or find new caretakers for our ponies.  Our program is very well rooted in the idea of caring ...caring for each other, our ponies and the children we serve.  

Because we are an aware and savvy group of people, we have been making efforts the past few years to make sure we did less breeding and that our program did not expand at a rate that we could not support.   As a result, we have only had a few foals born this year and our breeding program has been on hold.   We have also found ways to do more fundraising (including this wonderful opportunity through Global Giving) to help with things like buying hay, paying travel costs, vet costs, and other costs associated with making sure our ponies are where they need to be and available to the children that need them.

In the past month or two, several of our long time volunteers needed to move their ponies due to financial challenges.  Some have found temporary homes for them until they are back on their feet and can care for them again and others have found new volunteers to promote the program or new families that were excited to have ponies for their children.  Thanks to our Global Giving contributions we have been able to help as needed.

We appreciate all our your support and want you to know how helpful this has been during this time.

Attached is a wonderful article from one of our volunteers in California who thought she was going to have to give up her ponies.   Enjoy!!



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Location: Charlestown, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gail M Schumann
Charlestown, NH United States
$6,612 raised of $10,000 goal
180 donations
$3,388 to go
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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.
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.
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
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.
Will cover the costs for a new family to purchase halters, leadlines, water buckets, grooming equipment, and saddles or driving equipment.
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.
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.
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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