Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to people with special needs, veterans and at-risk individuals. Donations almost entirely fund our $1.2 million annual operating budget. Herd management comprises a significant portion of the budget.
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Our horses are the heart of our mission. We entrust them with the safety of our very special participants, and in return, we think they deserve the best care possible.
The average annual cost of routine horse care at Pegasus is $10,000. Becoming a HorseCare Heroes will help offset these costs by providing monthly funding for hay, feed, supplements, shavings, vet care, farrier visits, dental care and saddle fitting for a Pegasus horse who is special to them.
HorseCare Heroes receive updates, photos and special mailings about their horse throughout the year. They also are invited to schedule visits to Pegasus Farm to spend time with their horse.
Your recurring online donation is secure and flexible. You can change or cancel your monthly pledge payment at any time. If the horse you are supporting is ready to move on from Pegasus, you will have the option to redirect your donation.
We provide nearly $20,000 in program scholarships to participant families in need each year!
Do you have a horse who is ready for a career change and might be a good candidate for Pegasus?
As an equine-based organization, the success of our programs is directly tied to our careful selection of horses and ponies. For our participants, working with horses is a liberating, life-changing experience. In order to best serve them, our equines must be fit and possess a suitable temperament for the therapeutic work they will be trained to do.
We start our process with a questionnaire filled out by the owner and accompanied by all of the required documentation. If everything is in order, we begin an evaluation of the potential therapeutic horse. We will come to you and observe you riding your horse. If that goes well, we will ride the horse ourselves and introduce some basic therapeutic riding activities.
If the evaluation is successful, we will invite you to bring your horse to Pegasus Farm at your expense for a trial period to introduce him to our facility and programs—and to make sure this is a job your horse actually wants to do, something which is very important to us and the success of our programs. Upon successful completion of the trial period, we can arrange for either a free lease or donation of your horse.
The job of a therapeutic horse is not easy, but for the right horse, it can be very rewarding. In general, 1 out of every 10 horses we evaluate come to Pegasus for a trial period. About 50% of horses on trial here go on to become a Pegasus therapeutic horse.
Pegasus holds the well-being of our horses in high regard and reviews its potential equine partners carefully.
Below is what we look for in an ideal therapeutic horse:
Size and age exceptions are made if the right horse comes along, so please talk to us if you are not sure.
Any contribution you can make helps children and families with special needs, veterans, and trauma survivors participate in Pegasus programs. We appreciate anything you are able to contribute.
We invite you to support our participants through our Special Ribbons campaign. Your generous contribution to our Special Ribbons campaign will help us continue to transform lives through the therapeutic power of the horse! We plan to continue our work on behalf of our participants for many more years to come. We need your help to succeed, and we thank you in advance for your support.
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