Jan is one of Let’s Saddle Up’s current riders. A few years ago, she had a heart attack. After having open heart surgery and spending months in the hospital, Jan wanted to be able to ride again. She had grown up with horses and longed to be able to do the things she used to be able to do.
Sharron Dillard, program director and Path instructor at Let’s Saddle Up, met Jen the first time she came to the farm. She said “the first time I met her she could barely walk, short of breath, and used a walker.” But Sharron knew that anything was possible. It took Jen a while to get her strength back and to be able to ride again.
Now, Sharron says that “once a week, Jan gets on Paint and after some instruction in the arena, is able to go on a trial ride and return.” Now that she is able to do what she loves, Jan continues to spend time around horses. For the last three years, she has participated in the American Heart Association Beach Ride. She is just one of the many success stories that Let’s Saddle Up has been a part of.
Let’s Saddle Up offers several programs for those in the northern South Carolina area. They have traditional therapeutic riding for children and adults, and also therapeutic driving with their miniature horses. The miniature horses also help in a new program called Tiny Trotters. In this program, miniature horses that have been trained as therapy horses work with riders in lessons and also visits in the community. The most popular program at Let’s Saddle Up is the Silver Stirrups program for riders over 50. They also offer a veterans program called LSU Eagles.
Located at Solid Rock Stables, the 200-acre horse farm is home to a wide variety of horses. There are Quarter Horses, six miniature horses, and one Tennessee Walker. The horses participate in activities like nursing home visits, school visits, riding lessons, driving lessons, and presentations.
You can help Let’s Saddle Up by donating an item from their wish list, sponsoring a horse, or becoming a volunteer. You can also provide a scholarship for a rider. Many potential riders who have special needs would love to participate in the programs, but don’t have the means to pay for the lessons. That’s why Let’s Saddle Up has a rider scholarship program – to first help riders financially so that they can benefit from therapeutic riding. Visit their website below to learn more.
How to Contact This Farm:
1907 Durbin Road
Fountain Inn, SC 29644