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Our mission is to bring smiles and pony magic to special needs people of all ages. The UK Shetland is uniquely adapted for the therapeutic environment with his small size, gentle and intelligent temperament. Ponies can transition clients into equine assisted work who may be intimidated by larger horses, or are just not ready or able to ride a larger horse. Many of our ponies will pull a cart and/or carry small children. They are eye level for anyone in a wheelchair- children, seniors or veterans. They open doors for children & adults alike struggling in reading, personal interactions, drug addiction, PTSD, confidence or who simply cannot express their concerns to adults but respond to the patient gaze and warm breath of a pony. Our ponies go into hospitals, senior centers, schools, veteran centers and events- anywhere people can benefit from interaction with a small, gentle pony.
We are a 30+year old national nonprofit that breeds, trains and places UK Shetlands in therapeutic organizations to bring smiles and pony magic to special needs people of all ages. We are 100% volunteer in that no one receives compensation or reimbursement of expenses. However all donations are 100% deductible under the law. Therefore 100% of funds or items donated go directly to the care/training of ponies and functioning of the organization. Because we are all volunteer, we depend on the generosity of people willing to donate their skills and time to help us with activities such as social media management, fundraising to support the breeding program and database management to help in record keeping for our over 500+ ponies around the nation.
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