Give Back for Special Equestrians, an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3), is issuing an S.O.S Save Our Stables Emergency Relief Fund calling on the equestrian community to help save therapeutic horseback riding stables for disabled children and veterans throughout South Florida.
When schools closed Mar. 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, therapeutic horseback riding stables across South Florida were forced to close their barn doors. Without revenue from riding lessons and with high monthly operating and maintenance costs in excess of $500 per horse for basic necessities like shoes, shelter, shavings, hay, grain and veterinarian bills, therapeutic stables are struggling to care for the horses in their programs, many of which are older and require veterinary care. Without financial support, these riding facilities for the handicapped will not be able to provide the life-changing equine therapy to special needs children and adults post-pandemic.
“We are imploring horse lovers, those with loved ones in the special needs community and all of those who have the means to help – to come together to help support these therapeutic horseback riding stables in their hour of need. They are giving hope to those facing some of life's most difficult physical, mental and emotional disabilities and they need our support urgently,” said Dr. Heather Kuhl, Give Back for Special Equestrians co-founder.
To make your tax-free donation and support the Emergency Relief fund, Save Our Stables (S.O.S.), visit http://giveabuckeq.org/ or call (305) 608-5350.