Therapy horse riding program in need of donations - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Therapy horse riding program in need of donations

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A nonprofit group that promotes therapy through horses needs a helping hand.

Healing with Horses, in Uncasville, is struggling to provide hay and other vital necessities for its rescued horses.

Sharon Rosati founded the 15-acre farm with a small troop of dedicated volunteers.

"Makes me feel stronger. Makes me feel a lot of compassion and to be able to give back. I went through a very difficult time," Rosati said.

She started Healing with Horses several years ago after she needed therapy following a horrendous car crash.

She said horses changed her life.

Certified instructors like Kaleigh Wood provide challenged people with special horse therapy, and a summer camp for children.

The children learn to care for the animals which eat as much as $250 per month in hay and grains.

"All we can do is ask for help and whoever can help us out a little bit really makes a difference," Wood said.

Now the program is struggling to survive and it is not cheap caring for the six horses, with just two weeks supply of food on hand, they need hay but a new mustang will arrive soon, and before he arrives the fencing has to be fixed.

"With the new horse coming, it doesn't know their parameters. The chance of a newer horse not being used to where it's supposed to go would be good. We don't want him to be hit by a car or wandering in someone else's yard," Rosati added.

Healing with Horses has a goal to raise $100,000.

"This is a great opportunity for people to come and bond and let themselves go. You can tell a horse and animal anything and they don't talk to anybody. They're very loving, compassionate and empathetic," Rosati added.

For more information on Healing with Horses, click here.

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