How You Can Help
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Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy
P. O. Box 156
Chester Springs, PA
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Would you consider "adopting" a therapy horse?

Naturally, the care and feeding of our horses is a top priority to us. Quite simply, the quality of our therapy relies on having well trained, healthy horses. Feed, blacksmith services, and veterinary care form a substantial portion of our budget - in fact, it costs an average of $500 per month to care for one horse. Some of our horses are older; their patience and "I've seen it all" attitudes make them perfect for many of our riders. However, like all of us as we age, they require a little bit more care and oversight -- and dollars -- to maintain their health.

Would you join us as a partner today and consider sponsoring a horse for a month, several months or a year? Your participation would help to ensure that our horses receive the best of care and that our riders fully experience the many benefits of quality equestrian therapy. You can be assured your gift will touch many lives and will be deeply appreciated. To participate, just follow the donation instructions above and designate your chosen horse.

Meet Our Horses

We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of horses at Hope Springs since our riders form real attachments and friendships with their horses. Each rider rides the same horse every week, which allows them to get to know each other well. Such continuity is especially important in equestrian therapy and helps our riders to develop trust and confidence. We make sure riders have the same instructors and volunteers each week, too. This attention to detail and caring is part of what makes Hope Springs an exceptional place for children and adults with disabilities.

Please meet some very special members of the Hope Springs family! Click on photos for larger images:

J. Lo: This 17-year-old Quarter Horse brings pleasure not only to our severely physically disabled riders, but to those who are learning more advanced riding techniques. Her moderate size makes her a special friend for many of our riders.

Why we all love J Lo:
"J Lo is good listener."
"J Lo is patient and skilled enough to handle the severely disabled."
"J Lo is well behaved and good in shows."
"She has given my grandson confidence around & on her!"

Tempest: This sweet, lovable 16-year-old Belgian Paint has stolen the hearts of many of our riders. Like a big golden retriever, he is kind, loving and unflappable. From the smallest to the largest riders, Tempest takes care of them either in the ring or out on the trails. He has a lovely little trot that enables those new to the experience to sit comfortably.

Why we all love Tempest:
"He's really gentle - it's fun to ride him!"
"He has a heart of gold."
"He is such a love bug!"
"He always takes such good, gentle care of all his people and loves them with his big, silly heart!"

Cricket: This 17-year-old Haflinger cross is the cutest little pony. Her gait makes her a wonderful therapeutic pony for all of our riders, but she is especially good at taking care of (and gently challenging) our independent riders.

Why we all love Cricket:
"When she trots she's really bouncy and it's fun. It's easy to groom her, and she's cute."
"She knows how to take care of riders and challenge them to ride their very best at the same time!"
"Cricket is just the cutest perfect pony for smaller students."
"Because she's Cricket!"

Henri: This 13-year-old Haflinger is a rescue pony found wandering the fields of Virginia. Although we don't know what Henri did before joining our family, he learned his new job quickly. In between lessons, this mischievous pony loves to try to get a rise out of his stable mates.

Why we all love Henri:
"I love his white eyelashes."
"He has attitude and showmanship!"
"He's a handsome pony with a huge personality!"
"He's a character!"

Norman: This 18-year-old little brown pony came to Hope Springs to help carry our smaller riders. When Norman isn't busy giving lessons, his favorite pastime is galloping around the pasture with his best friend.

Why we all love Norman:
"He's adorable."
"He can hang with the big boys :-)"
"He is so fluffy!"

Jasper: Jasper is a 15 year old Haflinger pony who came to Hope Springs in September 2016. He was formerly a 4-H pony experienced in dressage, jumping, and fox-hunting! Jasper loves to be part of a group and is happiest when his rider, instructor, and several volunteers are all paying attention to him. He's become friendly with Norman but is seriously in love with JLo.

TiggerToo: Our five (soon to be six) year old chestnut thoroughbred used to be a race horse, but not much riles up our Tigger Too! This chill guy takes care of some of our adult riders but also loves to carry smaller children on his back for trail rides. Tigger enjoys being told how silly and handsome he is and hanging with Tempest, his very best friend!

Hamilton: A 13 year old grey Irish Sport Horse who comes from Ireland! Hamilton recently joined our program where he is settling in nicely. Hamilton likes to go for trail rides with his riders and to get as dirty as possible!

Thanks to all who voted for their favorite therapy animal!

And the winner is ... everyone!
"They are all some of the most special animals on earth. Couldn't possibly pick one favorite."
"I love them all because they are my friends and family."
"Who can choose? I love them all!"


Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy is a non-profit, non-stock corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The organization is tax-exempt under Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The official registration and financial information of Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, in Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.




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