Developed in 2021, PonyPals™ is a children's program to introduce them to horses. Children learn about horse care in an interactive environment that includes games, crafts, and alot of fun! See our program information below. Registration and information downloads are available.
We have limited availability for the two PonyPals Camps scheduled. You may register for one or both!
June Camp: June 26 - 29
July Camp: July 17-20
Each 4 day Camp fee is $200. Payment required upon registration.
Below, we have included our PonyPals Brochure and other information for our beginner horse day camps.
For each registered child, please download and print and sign a Social Media Consent Form and a 2023 Activity Release form. Please bring signed copies upon check-in on the first day of the PonyPals Camp. Or, you my email a signed copy to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE GIFTING TREE FOUNDATION
PonyPals™ CAMP SESSIONS
Two Camps will be held:
June 26-29 and
July 17 - 20
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Each Camp $200 per child.
Equine Rescue of Aiken
Reognizes the Generosity of
The Gifting Tree Foundation
as a Benefactor
Questions? Email us at email@example.com
PonyPals™ is a children's program developed by a retired Principal of 5 grade schools and more than 30 years in education. Working with local school districts to gain their objectives and model our program to support those objectives, the PonyPals™ program is for groups of children ages 6-12. Each Camp will be four days learning about horse behavior, how to care for a horse as well as hands on interaction with our team of ponies as well as crafts and games. Horses teach critical traits including Compassion, Self-Control, and Confidence and are masters of connections. Children learn about horses, horse care and responsibilities in a fun, hands-on environment. More importantly, children learn about Volunteerism and Responsibility. Lifelong lessons that will help them succeed in school and life.
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Trust&Release is an equine experience program provided to those affected by trauma. Specifically developed for Active Duty, Veterans, (including families), First Responders, and Battered Women groups. The Rescue provides a safe environment where participants can experience an equine behavior modality to break down barriers they may harbor. By engaging with the horses, one-on-one, participants and their families increase their coping strategies, interpersonal skills, and mindfulness, as well as self-confidence and leadership.
A Veteran and active-duty volunteer/recreation program. Attendees work together on projects to accomplish something together as well as share camaraderie. Depending on their interest and skillset, they may spend time grooming horses, repairing fences, checking water lines, or perform other maintenance on the property. During these scheduled visits, Veteran volunteers organize veterans from our community to participate with the soldiers to interact and work together providing lunch and fellowship. Active Duty participants get a mental break from their work at the base and have a chance to escape from the routine. Local Veterans enjoy affiliating with the group in a cooperative effort.
The Humane Society provides free Continuing Education training to the southeast regional states and First Responders in handling horse-related cases. Attendees learn how to recognize and respond to equine neglect cases. The Rescue accommodates these events by providing not only the space, but also the horses, volunteers, and the opportunity.
The Rescue works with multiple national organizations (AAVA) conducting a host of multi-day continuing education classes in areas such as wet labs for acupuncture, vaccinations, gelding clinics etc.
Volunteer Program Our Volunteer Program is crucial to our success. The Rescue currently has over 400 registered Volunteers. Each completes an Application which includes identifying their interest area for volunteering such as; farmhand, social media, etc. (See attached Volunteer Application and Volunteer Opportunities).
The Rescue works with the City of Aiken and County of Aiken when they confiscate horses due to neglect or abuse. The Rescue also supports the City and County Pre-Trial Intervention program by allowing offenders to earn community service hours at the Rescue. The Pre-Trial Intervention Program is a diversionary program designed for first time offenders of nonviolent crimes which allows them to avoid the court system by completing counseling, education, community service work, restitution and drug testing. These opportunities often stir a passion that allows them to view life in a new light. As an example, one "at risk" teen recognized what her passion was; changed her choices in life and became a veterinarian after her experience at the Rescue. She attributes the change to her volunteering at the Rescue. More than 150 "At-Risk" teenagers were provided a positive Juvenile Court outlet at the Rescue. We have hosted more than 400 participants in the County's Pre-Trial Intervention Program.
Tours, Dog Walk groups, artist guild days, church visits, school visits, weddings, education workshops and volunteer days are just some of the events hosted by the Rescue. Offering a beautiful, peaceful destination, the community has access to a safe environment that provides an enjoyable, relaxing location. The Rescue is viewed as an "Aiken Destination" for tourists and new-comers where they can see first-hand, the lives that are given a second chance.
The Rescue has partnered with local Sertoma Clubs, a group for hearing impaired youth. The program offers hearing-impaired youth an opportunity to learn about horses and horse care in a unique, interactive setting. We conduct 4, half day camps filled with educational clinics, hands on experiences that encourage and promote responsible equine care. Please contact your Sertoma Club to enroll in this program.
The Rescue was one of the first to incorporate the HSUS Safe Stalls Program. The Humane Society of the United States launched its Safe Stalls Horse Rescue Network Program to connect equine professionals to help horses in crisis. This program helps horses rescued from cruelty and neglect cases or natural disasters, and is a nationwide system of horse rescue groups, equine professionals and enthusiasts who can provide emergency care and shelter to horses in need.