You may not be able to own a horse of your own, but you can still enjoy the company of one and help others along the way.

SonFlower Stables relies on public support to “keep the barn doors open”. Many people would like to own a horse but don’t have have the time or space for one. By helping SonFlower Stables you can enjoy the company of a horse and help others benefit from them as well. There are many ways to support us! Learn more below.

Donate Cash

One of the biggest challenges for equine assisted programs, and the individuals behind them, is a lack of resources, both financial and educational. It requires much more than a caring heart to operate an efficient non-profit organization.

SonFlower Stables relies on public funding and support in order to operate. Making donations is one of the best ways you can help us provide the necessary care to the horses we maintain.

Before supporting any equine facility, ask these questions:

  • Are they a registered charity? (If they are, be sure to get a donation receipt to offset your taxes at the end of the year.)
  • How long have they been in operation?
  • How does the organization operate?
  • Do they adopt horses out? How are homes found?
  • What type of care is provided to new horse arrivals, and by whom?

Also, consider the following:

  • Are there many malnourished or injured horses on the property? If so, ask why and when they arrived.
  • Is the facility over-populated?
  • Is the facility well kept? Does it have proper fencing, bedding and hay?

Become a Foster “Parent”

If you have some space on your property? We offer foster programs with varying degrees of duration and responsibility. If you are not in a financial position to take on a horse of your own, fostering is a way to help without committing to the long-term responsibility of horse ownership. This can be a win-win situation for both you and SonFlower Stables.

Sponsor a Horse

Sponsoring a horse can be a very rewarding option for those who don’t have space or time for a horse of their own. Sponsoring provides much-needed financial support to SonFlower Stables while giving you a sense of pride and responsibility. You are able to witness the effect your sponsorship has on your horse, as you keep yourself updated on his/her journey. Sponsoring a horse on someone else’s behalf is a great gift idea for any horse lover.

Attend or Host a Fundraiser

Attending or hosting fundraisers that benefit SonFlower Stables is another great way to “step up”. It requires many hours to organize and put on a successful and profitable event. Without volunteers, it wouldn’t be possible. There are many types of fundraising activities, including concerts, farm visits, bake sales, garage sales, etc. If you like to plan, why not host one of your own?

Donate Supplies

SonFlower Stables requires a lot of supplies. Make an in-kind donation of hay, feed, tack or other supplies. If you have the resources, you can purchase much-needed provisions. Donating supplies, instead of the money to buy them, provides assurance that your money goes directly to the horses in need.

Volunteer

It’s true what they say – many hands make light work! Volunteering at SonFlower Stables is one of the most rewarding ways you can contribute. If you do not have the knowledge or experience to work directly with horses, it’s okay. There is so much else to be done on a daily basis — stalls and paddocks to clean, hay to be distributed, etc. The list can seem endless, and that’s why we need your help. Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources. If you have a special skill or area of expertise, such as marketing or design or website maintenance, you may lend your talents in other ways too.

Spread the Word

Last but not least, if you are not in a position to help in any of the above ways, there is still another option…educate! Educate yourself about SonFlower Stables and spread the word. Word of mouth, social media, websites and blogs are all effective ways you can spread the word.

Remember, one person’s power to effect change is often underestimated. Helping any way you can, whether financially or through your time and talents, can make all the difference.