Therapeutic Riding Horse Needs Your Help

The 14-year-old Quarter Horse aptly named Pilot had only been at Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center near Loveland, Colo., for about six months, but he'd already become a star with his large size (16 hands), quiet and willing personality, and smooth gaits. But on Dec. 27, 2008, Pilot became gravely ill and was taken to Colorado State University's veterinary clinic.

Pilot was suffering from a displaced colon and needed immediate surgery to survive. Even though Hearts and Horses didn't have the money on hand, it elected to save the horse and have the surgery performed.

Pilot not only survived, he is expected to return home today (Jan. 3).

But Hearts and Horses, a non-profit group that was begun in 1997 and serves all types of children and adults in need, including wounded service personnel and veterans, needs help in paying the $8,000 hospital bill.

If you would like to help Pilot please contact HeartsandHorses.org and make a secure donation online; call 970/663-4200; email  info@heartsandhorse.org; or write to Hearts and Horses, 163 N. County Rd. 29, P.O. Box 2675, Loveland, CO 80539.

More information on this story and a photo of Pilot can be found at the Loveland Reporter Herald.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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