My name is Napoleon Bonaparte. I, like all my family members, were given new names after coming to our new permanent home at Adopt-A-Horse. Our new names reflect our personality. I was given my name after taking over the leadership of the horses and ponies. I may be shorter than all the other horses but I run this herd. I am speaking for all the horses, ponies, and handlers working together at this beautiful ranch.
The horses in this family all have at least one parent this is Arabian by birth. Our ancestors were used as combat horses in the desert. All of us are trained to work long distances at varying speeds. All horses are trained as saddle horses for both first time and experienced riders. Two of our horses have begun training to drive a cart. Our handlers are going to train all of us to drive a cart.
Our small horses are a mixture of different breeds of pony size horses. The ponies were originally used to haul coal in coal mines. All of my pony size brothers and sisters are trained as riding and driving horses. Our pony carts have become the most popular part of our program. Our pony size horses are working partners.
We are a fun family of different personalities working together to feed ourselves.
We work together to hide a trauma center in plain sight. We work with our handlers to give visitors a fun introduction to the horse world. We enjoy going on the game preserve with both trauma victims and paying guests. Our paying guests are asked to make donations so we can offer our time to help trauma victims who cannot afford to ride with us.
We entertain both trauma victims and regular customers the same way. We enjoy going in the woods with my fellow horses and ponies. You can expect some loving from all of us when we return from our walk in the woods. Our love helps everyone deal with the stress of everyday life. Trauma victims know we stand ready to help them on a daily basis. People looking at us from the outside cannot tell who is a trauma victim versus paying client.
We are available to work every day. We do not work in the rain. In the event of rain, we offer clients a rain check good for ninety days. Our regular riding times are 10 am or 1 pm daily. We work by appointment only. During the hot weather, we only work at 10 am. We offer groups of four persons or less a private session. No one but staff will join you during your appointment. We work twelve months a year.
Riding horses is more difficult and more physical than it looks. Riders will be required to mount our horses from the ground. Riders may be asked to dismount so that their equipment does not injure us during our ride. Approximately 50% of our guests cannot get on us. If a rider cannot mount a horse in the field, they will be walking back to base camp.
When a guest cannot mount a horse from the ground, we have the option of giving our clients a driving experience. Clients can choose to stay on the cart with an instructor or they can drive their own cart. Clients will be driving with their group for the entire tour. Our horses regularly ride with our carts in the field.
Every visitor is given a short lesson in riding and driving safety. Since driving requires the same skills as riding, our handlers give every guest a fundamental set of instructions when they arrive. Guests have found our handler’s instructions help them enjoy their time with us.
Our instructors take out carts when they are escorting visitors. Our guests spend a limited amount of time on a cart with an instructor. We want to make sure that guests can speak to our family of horses or ponies with their hands. Our family of horses are well trained. We will respond to the directions of the person speaking to us with their hands. We do not follow each other on the trail.
Once the initial training time is finished with an instructor on a cart, we are prepared to go in the field. Guests can ride or drive based on their initial training with our handlers. Most people book our horses to ride in the field. Once exposed to the carts, 80% of clients choose to take out one of our carts. Guests must be able to control a cart before we will put them in the saddle on a horse twice as big and three times as fast. Everyone’s safety is our first priority. We want everyone involved to have fun.
The address on our web site is our office address. We are located on private property in Covington. We do not advertise the address where we are located for our safety. Once you book an appointment to ride with us, we will send you the address where we live. In your riding confirmation email we will confirm your riding date and time. You can speak with our handlers to discuss your visit at the telephone numbers on the web site.
Our Founder started this organization to help victims of child sex crimes. Over the years, we have helped people struggling with PTSD disorders. We have also offered assistance to people with chronic illnesses. We are preparing to offer assistance to adults and children whose crime cases have not been resolved in the courts. We are going to offer trauma victims horse time. We are prepared to have our staff help victims find justice. Healing is difficult without justice being resolved for the victim.
We are working to become the first operation to offer physically impaired visitors the same driving options as every other rider. We have been testing a specially adapted cart with great success. We will be offering disabled clients the option of riding with the rest of their group.
We are currently starting the process of using a heart rate monitor to establish the speed, distance, and recommended weight for the three different size ponies in our program. This research work will help us identify the best size pony or horse for every guest with a physical disability.
10 Macon Street
Monticello, Georgia 31064
770-712-8685 or 706 476-6414
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