Blues retired to his home in Shongaloo with his owner, Lesley Thomas, after be became uncomfortable carrying riders due to an increasing angulation in his ankle and foot. He was a tremendous asset to the program, and a favorite of many riders! Sadly, he passed away at home in 2014.
Unless otherwise specified, all monetary donations are applied directly to our Tuition Waiver fund to cover the fees of participants who are unable to pay for services. As you may imagine, providing for a family member with special needs is particularly expensive. Typically, a 10 week session costs $350.00, but any amount is appreciated.
See the Our Horses page to see which of our amazing program horses you would like to sponsor for the year.
We gladly accept tack in good, servicable condition. We can always use contoured saddle pads and cleaner /oil for tack. Helmets are always great, and gently used English or Western show clothes or boots go in our show closet for participants to borrow as needed (our riders come in a wide variety of sizes).
Although our barn is currently full, we may consider a horse that is an exceptional, semi-retired show horse, English or Western discipline, that still has a lot to offer, but may not be able to perform at his/her previous level, under 20 years old, without any significant unsoundness. The ideal horse is between 14 and 15 1/2 hands tall, sound in all gaits, and has exemplary manners on the ground and under saddle.
Office supplies, antibacterial soap, hand wipes, Lysol wipes and spray, bottled water, paper towels, first aid supplies.
Any item that could be raffled or sold as a fundraiser.
HATS is no longer collecting aluminum cans for fundraising due to difficulties with turning them in for recycling.
Ace was purchased for HATS to accommodate our "growing" rider population. Ace is a Percheron draft horse foaled in 2002 weighing nearly 1900 pounds! Unlike many other programs for differently-abled persons, our participants don't necessarilyage out of our services. We can continue to work with our students until they either become too large for volunteers and horses to handle safely, or until some medical issue makes riding a contraindication. Thanks to Ace, several of our riders will be able to continue enjoying their riding time. Ace has had an interesting life up to this point. He started out as an Army Caisson horse (look him up on Google as "Herb the Caisson Horse"), he went to work for
Randy is a Tennessee Walking horse foaled in 1994. He was donated by John and Nancy Wallace. He has been a member of their horse family for many years, and belonged to John's brother. Randy has primarily been a trail riding horse, but seems to really enjoy his therapeutic riding job. What we love most about Randy is that he provides a core workout with a very different type of movement, and he is narrow enough to accommodate riders with tight adductor muscles while challenging their balance.
Randy can be sponsored for $1200.00 per year. This includes feed, vet, an farrier care.
HATS is a 501 (c) 3 Non Profit Organization. We rely heavily on the support of public and private support to help with program expenses, and to keep costs as low as possible for our participants. Many of our clients participate at little or no cost to them. Contributions are generally tax deductible, but you should seek advise from a tax professional. Donations may be monetary or in kind contributions of products or services.
Donations can be made payable to HATS (no cash please) and mailed to:
HATS of N LA
679 Beulah Church Rd
Calhoun, LA 71225
Or, make donations online using our PayPal link!
Donations and Wish List
HATS is currently looking for an exceptional, semi-retired show horse, English or Western discipline, that still has a lot to offer, but may not be able to perform at his/her previous level, under 20 years old, without any significant unsoundness. The ideal horse is between 14 and 15 1/2 hands tall, sound in all gaits, and has exemplary manners on the ground and under saddle.
If you feel you have a horse that would be perfect for our program, please contact Leslie at email@example.com
the Wounded Warriors veterans program at Fort Sam Houston, and most recently has been a mounted patrol horse. You may have seen him at ULM football games. Ace is not missing those long patrol shifts, and has settled in quite nicely here at the barn.
Ace can be sponsored for $800.00 per year. This includes feed, vet, and farrier care.
Radler was foaled in 1978, although we do not know the exact date. One of the toughest decisions I've ever made, he was euthanized at the age of 36 years old after he lost a significant amount of weight and had difficulty eating. That's about 108 in human years. He was a flea-bitten grey, “grade,” gelding. I think he was part kindness, part forgiveness, part generosity, and all heart. He worked as a therapeutic riding horse for about 11 years, but was retired in spring of 2014. This is truly amazing given that the typical therapy horse experiences “burn out” within 2 years, and the average lifespan of a large horse is about 25 years.
(a line down his back). If you notice a funny sound when he breathes, don’t be alarmed, he has a malformation of his larynx that causes him to be noisy, especially if he is excited or working hard. It doesn’t cause him any trouble breathing, just makes noise. Fish has a bouncy gait that supplies a multitude of sensory stimulation to the rider! Due to his age and breathing issues, KingFish will be retiring, soon. He has worked hard in his career as a therapy horse, and will remain at the barn and continue to receive the care, attention, and respect he deserves.
KingFish can be sponsored for $1,425.00 per year. This includes anhydrosis supplements, steroids, feed, vet, and farrier care)
His previous owner was having some health problems and could no longer care for him. He was probably a Paso Fino cross, but he was lovingly called, "Poncho the Man Pony" by several of the volunteers. He had a very smooth "gait," and his smaller size was sometimes less intimidating to new
riders. Poncho passed away on April 15, 2014 at the age of 26 years old.