Educational and Therapy Programs to Enrich the Community
The Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is located in the most horse populated county in the state of New York with more than 10,000 equines dotting the countryside! Deanna Mancuso, the LOHR founder, noticed a startling trend in her home county and founded LOHR to help take care of abused and neglected horses.
This is not a breed specific farm, so they take in horses ranging from minis to warmbloods. They have an especially large population of retired Thoroughbreds and are accredited by The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
LOHR has an impressive array of programs to not only engage the public, but also to help these rescued horses provide therapy for people in need. They offer the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Programs through their partnership with EquiNorth, Inc. The training team, along with two mental health professionals, help people of all ages overcome their individual struggles and find comfort in the presence of horses.
This is a permanent sanctuary so none of the horses are available for adoption. Still, there are many ways for the public to enjoy and help care for these animals. It takes approximately $7 per day to cover any horse resident’s expenses. You can sponsor a horse to help take care of his needs, or give your time as a volunteer. LOHR also encourages people to shop using their Amazon link to receive a portion of the proceeds.
This rescue is unique in the large number of programs they offer for the public. Check their webpage for the latest listing of riding or horsemanship clinics. Children can come on Saturday morning to experience the Pony Pals program where children ages 3-7 years learn about horses. Farm tours, summer camps, school field trip days, and riding lessons are also available.
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
Location: Dover Plains, NY
Donate: 2699 Route 22, PO Box 334, Dover Plains, NY 125622 (845-877-0685)