While celebrating this joyful holiday season, unfortunately, Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy (HRET) has been on an emotional roller coaster ride. In the midst of celebrating the arrival of our donated retired draft horse from Culver Academy, HRET was confronted with an emotionally devastating fire in the riding arena at our new farm. It was a "good" fire as it did not spread to the stall barn which would have been fatal to our beloved equine friends (Thank You God!). HRET now needs your help to replace items destroyed in the fire, in addition to feeding and caring for our 1,700-pound Patton, a Percheron draft horse and veteran of four presidential inaugural parades.
In this "Season of Giving," please take the time to read this heartwarming story about Patton's new retirement job accommodating larger riders for the therapeutic riding program which serves the varied ability community. We have a couple of ways in which you can help.
- If your passion is to help care for and feed Patton, this requires a $600 monthly sponsor(s) as he has no teeth and requires special feeding four times a day to keep him strong and healthy. Click here to learn Patton's story: https://www.culver.org/about/news-media/cannon/post-details-page/~board/news-stories/post/horse-patron-donated-to-therapy-program
- If your passion is to help HRET restore/repair and heat our arena, we need your financial help immediately. Removal & replacement of the physical and electrical damage is needed, including the charred insulation which emits an offensive odor, upsetting our riders with sensory issues.
Please help us put the memory of this horrible event behind us, our riders back on their horses, and resume transforming lives by "Empowering People Through the Spirit of the Horse". Our financial goal is any amount you are touched, moved or inspired to share. We will be eternally grateful for all support. As a 501(c)3 your donation(s) can be tax advantaged. Checks can be mailed directly to HRET, 53 Woodview Ln., Lemont, IL 60439, or processed through Go Fund Me with your credit card. Any size donation is a blessing and greatly appreciated!
Visit our website to learn more about the HRET family at www.holisticridingtherapy.org Volunteers welcome!