Help Save a Horse this Holiday Season

Help Save a Horse this Holiday Season

Reindeer may be the animal most traditionally associated with the holidays, but this year, think horses.
The Ranger Foundation, in Keedysville, Maryland, is a retirement home for horses that have given years of service to people. The horses come from a variety of working backgrounds. In accordance with their charter, ONLY service horses that have come from institutions such as military, law enforcement, or therapeutic riding facilities are considered for acceptance.
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"Our guiding principle is to provide quality care to horses that have given most of their lives working in service institutions to benefit people. Carrying out this mission provides a wonderful opportunity for educational programs in horsemanship for all those involved."
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The Ranger Foundation, Inc., named after its first retiree, was established in 2001 by Ann and Howard Corcoran, owners of Greenbriar Farm in Keedysville, Maryland. The Corcorans were approached by Valley Forge Military Academy, where their son attended, and asked if they would take an old military cadet training horse named Ranger. They agreed, and not long after, they were called again. Seeing a need for this type of facility, an idea was born. Since then many horses have followed, and are cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers.
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Ranger horses are available for sponsoring and adoption.
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The Ranger Foundation greatly admires the work of horse rescues, but theirs is a slightly different task. Ranger Horses have been well cared for and loved by the people they worked for. The Foundation's responsibility then is to continue that high level of care and attention.
Programs
Education Program- In addition to giving some very deserving horses a pleasant retirement, the Ranger Foundation proudly presents an education program for the public. Over the last years they have trained many people in the proper care of horses through their volunteer program.
Geriatric Jubilee Horse Show- In October of 2002 and again in 2003 the Ranger Foundation hosted their Geriatric Jubilee horse show in an effort to showcase horses over 18 years old.
Horse Sponsorship- Experience the joy of horse ownership by sponsoring one of the Foundation's wonderful Ranger horses!
New Horse Owner Class- This intensive one-day class is scheduled for April 29, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is designed for people contemplating purchasing a horse or those who have recently purchased one.
Senior Day- The day the Ranger Foundation hosts a visit from local nursing homes.
Boys and Girls Club Day- A fun-filled day with hay rides, games, prizes, horse-care lessons, and a cookout.
If you're interested in volunteering, or reading more about the Ranger Foundation visit www.rangerhorse.org.
If you'd like to make a monetary donation to help purchase necessities such as pine bedding, hay pellets, de-worming paste, senior feed, dental care, feed, and more please send to: The Ranger Foundation, Greenbriar Farm, 5564 Porterstown Road, Keedysville, MD, 21756 or call 301-797-8051. All contributions are tax-deductible.