Remember DoMore 24 is this Thursday, June 2nd

Join PETS and The United Way of the National Capital Area in raising awareness and donations during Do More 24

PETS has a great opportunity through United Way’s DO MORE 24 campaign to raise funds for the care of our 4 footed friends, Herbie, Wesley, Big Red, Blue Dancer, Ivy, Dancer and Romeo.

PETS’ riding lessons are provided without charge which equalizes the benefits of riding for all of our students with disabilities. All services to riders and horses are provided by a care of volunteers. This means that all money received goes to help keep the Program running and keeping our horses healthy and happy throughout the year.

What would $24 do for your organization?

A handy bottle of fly spray is an absolute must if one wants a smooth and easy ride rather than a ride that includes little kicks, tail swatting, and total body shutters. A happy horse means that the horse and the rider can focus on a dressage pattern, walking over ground poles, or completing an obstacle course. Needless to say, on a hot summer day, at least two bottles of fly spray are needed during a riding lesson to keep the flies at bay and to keep our horses happy. The fly spray is diluted from a concentrated liquid in case you are thinking that a bottle of fly spray $12.00!

What would $48 do for your organization?

A couple of bags of good quality grain feed would cost at least $48.00. While eating grass and hay is nourishing for horses, the PETS program must supplement with grain feeds in order to be sure that the horses are getting the right nutrients that are essential for maintaining their weight and have the energy necessary for participation in riding lessons three times a week. Also, the grass cannot grow fast enough in their turn-out area to maintain a grass cover that will keep our seven horses well fed. Treats like carrots and apples are also considered delicious by our horses, but we always have generous donors ready to keep treats on hand.

What would $124 do for your organization?

One of our teenage young ladies once told us,”When I am with my horse, I am alive!” While she was referring to her pleasure when riding and not to her riding helmet, the PETS program always has be certain that our helmets are in good condition and satisfy horse industry standards. As older helmets are retired from the program, $124 plus a good sale price , would enable PETS to replace four old helmets with new ASTM/SEI* approved riding helmet. Horseback riding is a high risk sport and keeping our riders safe is paramount! *All the helmets used in our program, including those personally owned, must meet the American Society for Testing and Materials /Safety Equipment Institute (ASTM/SEI) standards for helmets and are also one of the many requirements for the riding program to maintain accreditation by PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International).
What would $240 do for your organization?
The riding instructors in our program diligently strive to meet the training standards that our PATH, Intl. accredited program demands. The PETS program presently has two certified therapeutic riding instructors and two instructors- in-training. The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International, (PATH, Intl) provides the basic training courses that will qualify instructors in therapeutic riding. Registration fees and training manuals for Phase I of the certification training are approximately $220.00. Once certified, the instructors must to continue to acquire minimum continuing education credits yearly.
What would $480 do for your organization?
Winter care for our 7 PETS horses continues to be the overwhelming yearly expense that is incurred in order to keep the horses healthy from season to season. Given an average fee of $12 per day to keep a horse at a local horse boarding facility, $480 would pay for 40 days of board for one of the seven horses in the PETS program . You can be sure that the horses wish that they would be going to a warm winter retreat in a sunny southern state, but they have to accept a stay in frosty Prince George County and to wear a winter coat/ blanket on those days when their own shaggy winter coat is not enough. The PETS riding season at the Prince George Equestrian Center is quite short, operating from April through August. This necessitates that we fund the boarding expenses for the remaining fall and the winter months. During these months, the horses get loving visits from the PETS instructors and volunteers, and that is PRICELESS.
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