Wallkill New York Therapy Program Looking for Stolen Item
I got news this week through a friend that a therapeutic riding facility had lost a piece of important equipment. I use the word lost but the reality is it appears it has been stolen.
Making Strides Therapedic Horsemanship Inc which is located in Wallkill, New York reported this week on their Facebook page that they have had a piece of equipment go missing from their facility. Apparently, someone helped themselves to a saddle worth approximately $1500 which was used by one of the horses in the program.
Saddle Stolen from Wallkill New York Therapeutic Riding Center
Making Strides posted on Facebook that at some point between February 12th and the 14th, a saddle had gone missing from the facility. It is presumed that this saddle has been stolen. It is one they use on a horse named Snowman. Without his saddle, they are unable to use Snowman who is an important part of their program.
Anyone familiar with horses knows that the saddle has to suit the horse and then the rider. When I reached out to Kimberly the Founder and Executive Director she responded quickly that they are truly hoping that the person who has the saddle will return it "No Questions Asked". It is more important they get the piece of equipment back.
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The fear is that this saddle has already been sent to consignment or some other retail exchange which means that Making Strides will have to find a way to raise money to acquire a new saddle. In the meantime, clients who rely on Snowman for their therapy will be left without their ride which is the real crime in all of this mess.
Kimberly is asking anyone who is in the tack business to keep an eye out for this saddle. It is an Ovation size 16.5, if it is located that will solve part of the problem of replacing it. If you are a local tack shop, or if you shop online please keep your eye out for the saddle below. Being able to get the saddle back is the main goal for Kimberly and her team.
The saddle did have a nameplate but it is assumed that at this point that would have been removed. If you would like to reach out and help Making Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc., Kimberly shared the organization's Venmo @makingstridesth and also mentioned that you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on their programs.
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