The lesson ponies at Crescent Stables are out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the costs to care for them haven’t stopped.
That’s why the Ladner stables, which has taught thousands of kids – and those a little older – to ride over the last 45 years has started a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money to care for the horses.
According to the GoFundMe page, each lesson pony costs between $150 and $250 per month for food, about $75 a month for hoof and vet care, and another $200 a month for someone to care for them.
Crescent Stables has 18 lesson horses, so it needs at least $7,650 per month for basic care for the ponies.
It’s looking to raise enough to cover the ponies for two months in case the closure carries on for a bit.
Crescent Stables was forced to cancel its Spring Break camp due to the pandemic, and its summer camps, which help support the horses over the winter months, might also be in jeopardy.
“I know that many of you are also facing impacts from COVID-19, and many of you might be laid off, or closing your own business. But the lesson ponies and horses need care even when the business of riding is closed, so if you can spare even a little bit to help the lesson ponies, I am sure it would be hugely appreciated,” the GoFundMe page reads.
Crescent Stables is staying closed to all but essential staff as it is does its part to flatten the curve.
To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-crescent-stables-lesson-horses-need-your-help.
For anyone that donates, Crescent Stables will provide access to a special blog full of fun and educational horsey content.