NEW CANAAN, Conn. Like many little girls, Bonnie McMorrow always dreamed of having her own horse. And while Spunky may not be hers, she still get to look after the white horse with the pleasant demeanor at the stables of the New Canaan Mounted Troop.
The barn is like a second home, said Bonnie, 16, a captain and member of the equine care and riding group for seven years. Its really soothing just to be around them.
If you have similar feelings about horses, you can pitch in and help care for one of the troop's mounts though its Adopt-A-Horse program. All it takes is a $30 donation. The money helps pay for the feeding, cleaning and medical care of the 28 horses and ponies at the non-profit' Carter Street stable. In return, donors will receive a holiday stocking along with an adoption certificate and mini plush pony. They'll also get the opportunity to visit the horse theyve adopted at the barn.
Many of the animals are former show and work horses that could no longer be cared for by their owners. A lot of them are older and they need a lot of care, said Lynne Schulthess, executive director of the Mounted Troop. Any donations are greatly appreciated.
More than 90 children take part in Mounted Troop programs, helping to feed and care for the horses. Its not only about riding. Its about horse care, Schulthess said.
The Mounted Troop has offered the Adopt A Horse program for four years. Schulthess said virtually adopting one of the horses is the next best thing to actually taking one home and its much more affordable. So far, 10 horses have been adopted, meaning shes expecting several families to visit their big animals after the holidays.
The horses and ponies can be viewed on the New Canaan Mounted Troop's website, www.ncmtadoptahorse.com .
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