Anyway, I've worked at a Therapeutic riding stable for around four years now, I'm a sidewalker and horse leader as well as random odd jobs around the farm. We're a relatively small facility, we own eleven horses currently. Our facility is located on the land of a Standardbred racing stable, so we have a lot of grounds to work with our kids on (including two acres of woods we've created trails for riding in, and a playground our kids can ride to :]) and we have tons of pasture space, to give you an idea each horse could have its own paddock if we really needed XD.
Now that was just some background information. We are now thinking of applying to the Pepsi Refresh program for a grant to revamp our barn. We have a pasture located directly behind the stable that we can use and we've had a local contractor look at both the space and our barn. Our plan would be to add optimally an additional six stalls to our barn, as well as renovate the existing stalls as our barn is quite old. Adding these stalls allows us to purchase more horses we can use in the program, thus allowing us to accept more students, more lessons etc.
We DO charge for our sessions, and increasing the number of these will cover the living costs of the horses we plan to add, however we don't have the money to spare to cover re-doing our barn.
We work with both physically and mentally disabled children, and we've recently introduced a program for 'emotionally disturbed' youths using horses to rehabilitate them. We are a 501(c)3 approved organization. We are getting along fine as is, but unfortunately have the issue of having to turn some children away because we do not have space for them in our program without over-using our horses.
I was wondering what everyone here thought of the idea. Is it worth applying? Would you vote? Any other comments welcome as well. As said before its not a necessity, however it would help us help more children in our area.
Also, the refresh program is not our only plan, we will begin some fund raising attempts beginning this year in an effort to save for this, but a grant would certainly be nice :)