Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding exclusively for veterans with special needs and disabilities. Primarily focused on Veterans in Central Virginia, and surrounding area, the goal of this program is to improve the quality of life for the participants through activities that are positive to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being Our program is unique in that it is provided to the veterans at absolutely NO COST to them or their families. It receives no Government funds and depends entirely on private donations and fundraising efforts. Founded in January 2008, the program started with just 3 riders. To date, we have ridden over 1250 veterans who range in age from the early twenties to our oldest current rider who will celebrate his 96th birthday this year. We serve Veterans who have served our country in every conflict from WW II to the war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan and they have a variety of disabilities such as amputations, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and traumatic brain injury. LDEC considers it an honor and a privilege to work with all these brave men and women. Come visit our facility and see first hand how our program is helping Veterans. It will reward you beyond your dreams. To see photos of each weeks session please go to our Face Book page "Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center" To see a video posted on PBS station channel 23 about LDEC go to www.ideastations.org/virginiacurrents. Also watch the lastest video it will bring tears of joy to your eyes.
http://youtu.be/zjaFQ-um7jo Warning you might need a box of tissues to watch this
Just think we have had over 145,000 views on this page if each person only donated $5.00, we will be able to serve more Veterans full time not part time. Please go to our Tax Deductible Contribution page and make a small donation. There are no salaries and all monies go to support the program. With your help we could help the Veterans with financial support also.
Trail Ride for October 12 2013 is Cancelled due to weather and condition of facility.