When Applewood Farm made the difficult decision to suspend lesssons it was for the overall health and safety of our riders, families, and community to help do our part to help flatten the curve. Our riders and their families remain our top priority and we felt this was the right decision considering the continued spread of COVID-19 .
In any barn, the lesson horses are priceless and valued our partners who we entrust with our most treasured valuables "our children" or "ourselves". They give every rider opportunity to learn to ride and to do so safely with honor and pride. Their worth is without measure, but the cost to care for them is not..
When Applewood Farms made the decision to suspend lesssons in an effort to help "flatten the curve," we essentially put our lesson horses out of work. Since there is no unemployment for horses, and no lessons to teach, there is no income potential. However, the cost to care for them -- grain, hay, supplements, farrier care, veterinary care, and medications -- remains unchanged.
More than 90% of our barn is occupied by lessons horses who are our sole source of income, and many of them are older and on supplements.
During this time of uncertainty, and in an effort to help us weather this storm, we have established a temporary sponsorship program to help benefit these beloved horses. No contribution is too small, and we will thank you on social media, and so will the horses. We thank you for your consideration!