by Caitlyn Andrews
March 07, 2017
As a sponsor of LoveWay, Inc., a non-profit therapeutic riding center in Middlebury, IN, we are proud to feature one of their horses each month. For March 2017, we're featuring Grace. Grace is a newer addition to the LoveWay equine staff. She's been in the program for less than a year and is already a valued member of the team.
Grace was donated to LoveWay and joined the team in June 2016. Her human family was active with LoveWay long before Grace would join the non-profit. Her donor was already involved with LoveWay and Grace belonged to his niece. She was a 4-H horse before becoming a therapy horse. When his niece was ready to start college, they decided Grace would be beneficial to the students at LoveWay. The donor's two granddaughters are students at LoveWay and enjoy getting to see a horse from their own family at the stable.
Pictured Above: Grace inspects the tire obstacle on the outdoor obstacle course at LoveWay.
Grace is a breeding stock paint. This means, that unlike most paints, she doesn't have any spots. Characteristic of her breed, she does have more white in her eyes. Cait, the LoveWay equine manager, says that Grace only looks like she has "crazy eyes". It's just how she was born!
The paint mare has a very attentive personality. She's very thoughtful and can often be seen stopping and looking at things - as if she's trying to figure them out. She's great for EAL classes because she is so sensitive and attentive to her handler. EAL is short for Equine Assisted Learning. In EAL classes, most of the time is spent with the students completing exercises on the ground instead of in the saddle.
Though Grace is good for EAL classes, she can still be ridden. She does great for independent riders. She hasn't loped much but has a very nice jog. Sometimes, Grace is a little stiff in her hips. The LoveWay staff keep Grace feeling healthy with some help from regular chiropractic visits, equine massage therapy, and a Sr. Combo supplement in her feed.
Pictured Above: Grace poses in front of LoveWay's outdoor obstacle course.
Donations of any size are always appreciated by the non-profit. Recently, Grace was the recipient of a generous donation. Over the holidays, LoveWay has a "Giving Wreath" set up in their lobby. The "Giving Wreath" is covered in paper ornaments. The ornaments have three things on them: a horse name, the gift, and a dollar amount. People who choose to sponsor a gift for one of the horses can pick their ornament and pay for the gift. The last "Giving Wreath" had an ornament for Grace with a brass halter tag for the gift.
Pictured Above: The 2016 "Giving Wreath" at LoveWay, Inc.
Grace's gift sponsors are Jon and Julie Flickinger. With their gift donation, Grace was given the brass halter tag that she needed. Other horses received gifts such as a chiropractic sessions and "pedicures" (farrier visits). LoveWay is in need of donations year-round, not just during the holidays. If you're interested in donating contact LoveWay.
Julie's involvement with LoveWay has not been limited to Grace's gift donation. Julie has been involved with LoveWay for over 20 years. She brings youth from Oaklawn, another local organization dedicated to helping youth, to participate in the LoveWay program. The youth Julie brings to LoveWay are chosen to participate in the program based upon individual needs.
Through the program, youth from Oaklawn work on a variety of skills such as: following directions, frustration tolerance, impulse control, problem-solving, listening, and focusing and social skills - all while learning to care for and ride a horse.
"Many of our youth have never ridden a horse so they are excited about the opportunity to be involved in this program and the accomplishments they make in learning how to groom, tack and ride a horse. Their smiles while riding on the horse says it all!" - Quote from Julie Flickinger, Oaklawn.
Oaklawn, The Children’s Campus, provides residential programs for youth, primarily between the ages of 10 and 18. The youth live on campus while they participate in individual, group, family and recreational therapy. In addition, youth are provided with staff that assist them in developing independent living skills and healthy coping skills so they can return to and live successfully in their community.
If would like to learn more or make a donation to Oaklawn visit: www.oaklawn.org/donate
Aside from donations, LoveWay runs on the help of volunteers. Volunteers contribute any amount of time that works for them. From assisting in multiple classes each week as side walkers, to just cleaning stalls for a half hour once a week, there is no amount of volunteer work that goes unappreciated.
If you would like to help out at LoveWay call 574-825-5666 and ask them how you can get started today! You'll get to work alongside the dedicated staff and volunteers (and horses like Grace!) that are making a positive impact in the lives of students through equine assisted therapy.
It costs $28 per student for each class. There are 12 classes each semester. That means it costs a total of $336 per student to participate in a semester of classes. Families that can't afford to have their child attend classes rely on the help of scholarships through LoveWay. Interested in contributing to the LoveWay scholarship program? Check out their website to see how you can help!
by Caitlyn Andrews
January 16, 2018
Not every horse can become a therapy horse. Some horses that enter the LoveWay program don't end up staying for long. It takes a special kind of horse to be a great equine-assisted therapy horse.
Rupert is one such horse
by Caitlyn Andrews
November 17, 2017
Could your horse be suffering from painful ulcers? Your horse could have ulcers right now and not show any signs. This guide will tell you the most important things you need to know about ulcers. You'll learn why ulcers are so common in performance horses and how to prevent, manage, and treat them.
by Caitlyn Andrews
October 11, 2017
Veterinary and Poultry Supply is a proud sponsor of LoveWay. Each year LoveWay hosts a large trail riding event with activities for the whole family. The event is LoveWay's largest annual fundraiser. This will be the 23rd Annual Ride-A-Thon and all of the money raised from the fundraiser goes directly toward running the nonprofit.