Time and again, our rescue horses have demonstrated the profound positive effects working with equines can have on the people who care for them. Our foundation and member horses spend dozens of hours each week providing equine-assisted therapy while interacting with low-income and at-risk youth, as well as appearing in community events.
PFF offers a decompression space for veterans through ongoing partnerships with local legions and Reclaiming the Reins equine-assisted therapy. We encourage veterans to utilize our facility as a productive volunteer space and as a space to connect with their families. Over the next year, we will be implementing strategies to make our facility optimally accessible for veterans and family members with limited mobility.
PFF partners with Milton Hershey School, a private education facility for children from lower-income families, to host barn visits several times per year. These children are afforded the opportunity to work on volunteer projects while learning about and assisting with the care of our horses.
In 2014, we instituted the Winnie’s Way Scholarship, named for our very first lesson horse. This scholarship covers the cost of up to 8 riding lessons for a child of low-income background. Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly cycle, and children up to age 19 are eligible. Do you know a child who would benefit from learning to ride and care for a horse?
In partnership with Schaffner Youth Center, PFF offers a unique way to fulfill community service requirements. This provides the participants an alternative means of learning responsibility and respect.