Our Co-Founder Reeses Needs Your Support!

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In late March we began to notice some changes in our co-founder, Reeses, and behaviors that indicated she might be having vision problems.  During her spring physical, our veterinarian determined that Reeses had age-related changes in her eye and a cataract forming and that these were likely impacting her vision… not unusual for a horse who just turned 25!

We continued to monitor Reeses and noticed further behavioral changes, so we contacted the vet again.  A more comprehensive eye exam found that Reeses has virtually lost all sight in her left eye.  At this time we do not know the reason why, as there has been no injury or disease of the eye and the pressures in her eyes are normal. Thankfully she does have sight in her right eye, although it is also showing some age-related changes.

Reeses is now being given a daily prescription eye ointment to keep her right eye as healthy as possible, hopefully preventing any vision loss in that eye.

Reeses is adjusting well to this change in her situation, and we will adjust with her, ensuring Reeses gets all the additional support and care she needs.  She is still an active member of our healing herd, and continues to love interacting with people.  We are learning to adjust how we interact with her, being mindful of her limited vision. For example, it's ideal to approach Reeses on her right (good vision) side. It's also important to speak to Reeses while approaching her, to be sure we don't accidentally startle her.

Horses who have compromised or no vision can survive, and even thrive, with some accommodations made for them.  They, too, have to work at becoming accustomed to a new "normal" and with support it is possible. We are still trying to determine the next medical steps in helping Reeses, including a variety of diagnostic tests. She will remain on the prescription eye ointment for as long as it helps her right eye remain as healthy as possible. We will keep you posted on other developments!

In the meantime, can you please help support Reeses, our co-founder?

 

Become her herd hero and choose to sponsor her today!

 

If you would like to learn more about horses with compromised or no sight, please visit http://blindhorses.org/index.html.


GiveChoose is here, now thru May 2nd!

Give Choose is here

Early giving begins April 18th and culminates with 24 hours of online giving on May 2nd! We are excited to unveil a fun & fascinating glimpse into the variety of things that occur during a typical day at Project Horse. You will really enjoy our GiveChoose campaign this year, so be sure you're signed up to get our emails and are following us on social media.

May 2nd is the day to get a rare, behind-the-scenes view of the horses and humans that make up Project Horse.

Now through May 2 is the time to donate and show your support for Project Horse, and the many other great Loudoun & Fauquier County nonprofits. And, we have a generous $5000 matching pledge from long-time supporter, Len Baer! He will match your donations, dollar for dollar, up to $5000. Please make or schedule your donation today, and help us meet this great match!

And stay tuned so you don't miss A Day in the Life of Project Horse...


Right now, visit our Give Choose profile to make a donation or see how your generous contributions help make so much possible at Project Horse!


What is GiveChoose?

GiveChoose is a 24-hour online fundraising event organized by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, held this year on May 2nd, to raise support for local nonprofits. The goal is to inspire the folks who live, work and play in the area to come together and give as much as possible to the local organizations who work hard to make this a great community!

As of April 18, you can make donations through the online GiveChoose portal, through the end of Tuesday May 2nd. View the profiles of more than 50 local nonprofits serving our community and then choose which ones you'd like to support through charitable giving.


A Great Weekend!

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Spring has sprung! The horses and humans of Project Horse had a wonderful and busy weekend. We hosted an Equine Experience retreat on Saturday for a lovely group of adults from the northern Virginia suburbs. On Sunday, we held a private party for Stall Sponsors and other key supporters who helped fund Project Horse's move to Trillium Farm last fall. What a great weekend!! 

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who made it all happen 😊 

Join us for our next Equine Experience retreat day! 


BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! First Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle!

Project Horse is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first annual 50/50 cash raffle! One lucky winner will receive 50% of the net proceeds, and the other 50% will benefit Project Horse's clients and healing herd!

The drawing will be held on Sunday May 21st at the Project Horse Empowerment Center. Busy that day? Live out of town?? Not a problem! The winner does not need to be present on the day of the drawing.

  • Individual tickets are $12 each
  • Packs of 5 tickets are only $50 (that's a 16% discount on LUCK!)
  • No limit on number of tickets you may purchase
  • Project Horse volunteers are eligible to win
  • Must be 18 or older to participate

Tickets will be mailed to you before the drawing. Buy yours today before they run out (there are only 1,000 tickets available)!

 


Start Date Delayed Briefly For All Spring Groups!

Gracie, Uncanny and Reeses asked us to delay the start of spring groups due to the crazy weather! Guess what?? We did!

Gracie, Uncanny and Reeses asked us to delay the start of spring groups due to the crazy weather! Guess what?? We did!


Due to the recent snowstorm, we have extended our spring group registration period! We are still accepting registrations, and we will announce the new start date for the following groups:

  • Social skills classes
  • Teen girls therapy group
  • Moms on a Mission workshop

Do you think you missed your opportunity to register? There's still time!


Social Skills Classes for Kids & Teens Now Enrolling!

Designed for high-functioning kids on the autism spectrum

  • Supportive coaching classes for kids struggling with low self-esteem, poor social confidence, depression and/or anxiety
  • Hands-on experiential activities with peers and horses build individual coping skills and self-confidence, and promote positive interpersonal communication skills
  • Non-riding interactions with the horses teach empathy, responsibility, teamwork and creative problem-solving
  • Co-facilitated by one of our specialists who holds a master’s degree in psychology and two of our certified equine specialists

Referrals accepted from families and professionals.

Classes meet weekly for 6 sessions  
Starting April 6 (for teen boys) and waitlist now forming for co-ed children.
(no class week of Spring Break)
$45 per class

Download a flyer to share here!


Spring Farm Tour, Open House & CA$H Raffle

Our very first Open House at our new equine facility just happens to overlap with the Loudoun County spring farm tour!


Come and meet the healing herd and learn more about all Project Horse has to offer in 2017 during our open house & farm tour! In addition to learning about our summer camps and year round programs, we will be hosting a variety of exciting local vendors during the farm tour. There will be demonstrations, kid friendly activities, refreshments, as well as the BIG drawing for our first annual 50/50 cash raffle!

When? May 20 & 21 from 10AM-4PM both days
Where? 18915 Lincoln Rd Purcellville, VA 20132

Buy your raffle tickets today for a chance to win big in our 50/50 cash raffle!


St. Patrick's Day Special: Moms On a Mission

Through hands-on interactions with our horses, and support and friendship of other moms facing similar challenges, this group will help you find the balance you're seeking in life. No horse experience is necessary in order to gain full benefit. All activities and interactions are unmounted (there’s no riding involved).

The group is facilitated by Heather Kirby, LCSW and Darcy Woessner, Certified Equine Specialist. Throughout this workshop, there will be group activities and supports as well as opportunities for individual exploration.

This rejuvenating and rewarding group, with our horses and other moms, will help advance your journey towards well-being and contentment and balance. You deserve it!
 

Prior horse experience is optional.
 

Download the flyer here!


Therapy Group for Teen Girls ​ENROLLING NOW!

What are Teen Therapy Groups at Project Horse?

Designed for teens dealing with depression, anxiety and other emotional challenges, our therapy groups provide a unique, innovative and fun program designed to help participants deal with their emotional challenges as well as better understand how those challenges impact their lives and relationships. The program is non-riding.

In this group, clients are encouraged to explore their own emotional process, building relationships with the horses and each other through interactive tasks in a group format. For each adolescent, this is a collaborative process with a safe, nonjudgmental and honest companion. The experience gives the clients a sense of mastery of self and promotes a nurturing environment where they can exercise authority and control in a healthy manner. Over time, they learn coping skills to manage anxiety, depression and the impact of childhood trauma. They learn to read and adapt to the nonverbal cues given by their equine companions and increase their understanding of empathy and healthy boundary setting. With the help of the therapist and equine specialist, clients learn to recognize, verbalize, and practice their awareness and use of these new skills, as well as assess their emotional growth.

Clients are encouraged to expand these newfound skills by putting them into practice in other areas of their lives. The primary goals of the group are:

1.      Learning to identify feelings and communicate them safely

2.      Identifying unhealthy patterns of behavior and learning coping skills

3.      Practicing healthy problem solving skills

4.      Forming trusting therapeutic relationships

5.      Identifying progress, strengths and self-validation

Horses make outstanding “coaches” and help the girls in numerous ways—while promoting self-esteem and improving self awareness. The horses are naturally nonjudgmental and sociable, and horses create a very motivating learning environment. Horses also provide immediate cause-and-effect feedback. The hands-on experiential format of our group empowers clients and instills a sense of responsibility.

Our clinician, Leslie Roberts, LPC, CSAC, can help you determine whether or not this group would be a good fit for your daughter and your family. With your permission, we will happily coordinate with any other key treatment or therapy providers.


PRIOR HORSE EXPERIENCE IS OPTIONAL.
 

Download the flyer here!


Help Fiona Fudge Feel Better!

Our fun-loving and precocious Mobile Mini service horse is suffering terribly from allergies this year, and she requires allergy shots (immunotherapy) in order to get relief.


Through lab testing, our vet has discovered that Fiona Fudge is allergic to just about everything! She has developed very bad allergies, with reactions to a wide variety of food and environmental allergens. Her discomfort is making it challenging for Fudge to do her wonderful work with special education students as well as therapy clients. 

Please help us get her well!