Old Friends in the Stable: Princess
Old Friends in the Stable
Princess, born in 1984, is a 22-year-old former polo pony at the Ranger Foundation of Greenbriar Farm in Keedysville, Maryland.
The Quarter Horse type chestnut mare retired to the farm in the fall of 2002 from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Medical records from her polo days reveal several leg injuries and a slight fracture to the frontal bone of her face. Princess was forced into early retirement after a more serious leg injury, that to this day keeps her limping, however requires no special medical treatment.
Valley Forge barn manager noted that when Princess arrived there years ago, she was a nervous and "anorexic" horse. Today she is calm and easy to handle and has gained much weight on pasture grass, where she spends her days with buddies Patti and Nina.
"Princess is a beautiful horse who loves attention. She really needs a friend who will take special interest in her," says Ann Corcoran, president of the Ranger Foundation.
The Ranger Foundation is a non-profit retirement home for horses that have served people either as police horses, military horses, or therapeutic riding horses. Its mission is to give quality care in a peaceful setting to these horses. The organization is entirely staffed by volunteers.
Each month sponsors are sought for the horses, either as individuals or businesses. Sponsorships are $100/month, which covers feed, supplements, veterinarian, farrier, and dentist. There are also half-sponsorships of $50 a month available, as well as $1,000 donations, which count for one full year.
Businesses and distant individual sponsors will receive periodic reports and photos of their horses, nearby sponsors may visit and care for their horse. Princess, this week's mention in "Old Friends in the Stable" is one of the many horses at the Ranger Foundation who needs a sponsor.
Experience the joy of horse ownership by sponsoring one of our wonderful Ranger horses! To learn more about The Ranger Foundation and sponsoring a horse visit www.rangerhorse.org