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post #1 of 7 Old 08-08-2016, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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So I am looking to find out information and I am hoping some of you might be of service.
Question - Is there any groups out there that help by covering the cost of boarding for disabled veterans?
Reason I ask is because I am a disabled veteran and I am looking at getting into eventing or another discipline. I have a buddy of mine that has a nice farm and him and his wife both event. They do not have the funds to have another horse on the farm without board. I do not have the funds (at this moment) to pay for board as well as everything else that comes with horses. We are exploring options and we are also talking about opening his farm up for veterans to come and get equine therapy.
I know the benefit of therapy since I have a service dog and spend time on the farm.
So if anyone knows of a group that can help or advice please let me know.
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I know there are quite a few farms that work with Wounded Warriors Project in getting veterans on and around horses but I don't know of any off the top of my head that help with board costs. You may have better luck looking into seeing if you can get a horse certified as a service animal or emotional support animal and there may be some charities that assist veterans in caring for support animals.
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you might be better off getting a lease on a horse that is used in a veteran's support therapy program. that way, you would pay much less, but you'd have to share your horse with other riders, more than likely.
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If there was a Veterans program near me that would be great. But in King William Va there are very few barns and none that I have found yet that do this. Also I have not seen one that does leases that are affordable. The ones I have seen I would be better off waiting to buy and then paying less monthly in board, farrier and so on. But if you know of anything I would be interested. I am always open to ideas.
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sorry, but I do not know your area at all. just that, leasing is almost always cheaper than buying. I mean Half leasing.
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Something you need to consider is that horses are a luxury, a very expensive one at that. They also seem to be accident prone, requiring vet care at the most inopportune times so you need to be able to either set up a savings account for your horse's emergencies that you add to at least monthly or be able to afford insurance to cover the expense. Insurance usually has a deductible that you have to pay out of pocket. Horses also require regular hoof and vet care that adds up quickly along with other needed equipment as you work up through the levels of a discipline.


If you can't cover the cost of boarding a horse, ownership may not be a wise move at this time. Have you considered taking lessons at a barn that specializes in the areas you are interested in. Often they will either hold or haul to shows so you could participate in them on one of the lesson horses.


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post #7 of 7 Old 08-08-2016, 11:57 PM
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There may be grants or scholarships you could apply for to help with funding board. I did a little research and found this website below helpful. It may not be the answer, but they can probably steer you in the right direction.


Start a PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes Program

There are all kinds of grants out there, you'll just have to spend a lot of online time weeding through them. If I find more info that might help you, I'll share it.

In the meantime, are there any H F members here that have experience in researching and applying for grants? The OP could use your help!

Edit: just found this website in VA Beach, scroll down to read the equi vet program. Again, they might have suggestions for you.


http://www.equikids.org/programs.html

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