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About This Project:

Manager Marilyn Peterson
Marilyn Peterson
Project Manager
678-344-6821

All life is precious. All life is fragile. The magic of life happens when we come together, no matter how precious and fragile, and create stronger, enabled and confident. That's why we are here. That's what we do.

Project Description

“Lucy is my name… they call me the Princess of Parkwood.”

“I have lived at Parkwood Farms for 7 years. I moved here from another therapeutic riding program that closed.”

“I have short Chestnut colored coat, but a long, beautiful, red wavy mane and tail so like to stay clean and beautiful.”

“Even though I am the youngest, sweetest, most gentle horse here… I can still boss the others around.”

“I enjoy standing in the sunshine eating hay…or just taking a nap. I love the other animals on the farm. I have been seen nuzzling and kissing on a couple of the barn cats.”

“What I LOVE the most is to see the smiles and hear the laughter of the riders as we work together.”

“My job at Parkwood is to help the first time riders get adjusted to the movement us horses make and settle into the riding program. Almost all new riders ride on me first”

“Often the rider and the volunteers play games that might seem scary to other horses, but I am not frightened by the rings that go on my ears, the balls that sometimes are thrown on me, over me, and off of me, or the frogs that sit on my back.”

“Sometimes I think it isn’t fair, but they use me for the most difficult riders; just every once in awhile we get one that cries and carries on, but I just stay calm and in no time they are laughing and have a great time. They don't even remember it is therapy.”

“Because of my extensive training I am able to teach the more advanced students to start, stop, walk, trot, steer, and learn riding skills and patterns.”

“My newest talent in my bag of tricks is Drill Team. It is a blast!!! We get to trot in patterns to loud music...almost like dancing. We won a gold medal at Special Olympics our first time competing.”

“In case you were wondering, in November 2012, I got a scratch on the cornea of my left eye and it became in infected. After a great fight and a lot of money & effort to save my eye, I ended up having it removed... That doesn't stop me though.”

“On occasion the riders can be a little rough on my mouth when they are learning to trot or overcorrecting some movements…they do not mean to hurt me, but the bit that goes in my mouth can be harsh... that is the reason I need one of those Bitless Bridles.”

“I really like to be groomed, but sometimes my feet hurt between my regular pedicures so I don’t always like people messing with my hooves.”

“I have very short hair called my coat. It is easy for me to keep clean but harder to keep warm, so I need to have a blanket to keep me warm as soon as it starts to get cold at night. I need a warmer blanket when it really gets cold.”

“I have been told that I have a super sweet personality, and am very patient. I think that is the reason I am one of the favorites here. I really, really, love my job!”   

 

                                  

Project Needs

Hey, this is Lucy, the Princess of Parkwood.

I just wanted to share a few words about the special needs that I and the other horses that work with Kids with Special Needs require.

Everyday horse care averages $300.00 per horse each month… that includes feed, hay, and regular farrier visits to give us a pedicures. That does not include any emergency visits from the vet or special equipment to help me do my job.

We need special saddles that can adjust to fit our backs, bridles (bit-less bridles to be more humane to our mouths), and even cushy pads.

The saddles we have were used when we got them up to 16 years ago and they are getting worn out. The other problem is that older saddles cannot be adjusted to fit each horse properly. An ill fitting saddle can cause back pain, pressure points that cause discoloration of our coat, and in worse cases…atrophy of the muscles under where the saddle sits.

I am very young for a therapy horse. Most therapy horses are older and need special diets, supplements, and even special hay like Alfalfa. Also the older we get the more often the vet needs to come and check on us.

Another need is blankets. We need light blankets when it is cold at night…Heavier blankets for us with short coats when it is cold in the winter. In the summer, we need fly sheet to keep the bugs from biting us and the sun from giving us sunburn.

Please look below for specific needs… and thank you so much for your time.

Description Amount
1 Month Sponorship $300.00
1 Year Sponorship $3,600.00
Saddle 17" Adjustable Pessoa #15692 $1,875.00
Bit-Less Bridle $220.00

If a project has filled its need for a “Line item”, your funds may be applied to additional project needs.

Project Schedule

My project timeline is two-fold.

Immediate needs include a new saddle that will fit me better, a Bit-less Bridle, a light weight turn out blanket, and a therapeutic saddle pad.

On going needs are day to day…month to month. These kind of things like food, hay, supplements, fly spray, and grooming products, just to mention a few. Monthly vet and farrier bills add up quickly for us.

Please see the list below for a few specific items.

Help me change the lives of the riders and their families…with as little as the change in your pocket.

 

 

Project Beneficiaries

Lucy here again…

This project has a cascading effect for those that will benefit with your help.

First and foremost it will help me, Lucy, Princess of Parkwood. Offsetting the cost of newer and more humane equipment, as well as the ongoing expenses for food, farrier, and vet bills will make me a much happier horse.

Happier horses make for happier and safer riders. Sometimes if something isn’t 100%, like a saddle that pinches or someone tugging on my mouth with the bit, can cause me not to be as willing to do what is asked of me. Other horses might be ugly in the same situation, but not me.

The volunteers have a much easier job working with the riders when they do not have to be concerned about a horse with an attitude.

When riders have a fun, safe, and effective riding sessions then the parents are very happy.

That in turn makes Dr. Peterson very, very, happy. When Doc is happy…everyone is happy.

 

 

State disclosure

Parkwood Farms Therapy Center Inc.GA registration number 0331538, is located at 2519 Parkwood Rd Snellville, GA 30039; Phone: 678-344-6821 and raises funds for multiple projects which are visible through this website and at the Charity's Website.

A copy of our latest financial records is available upon request.

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