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The SummerWinds Stables

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Rating: 4.7

Average rating from 3 reviews.

(4.7 out of 5, based on 3 reviews)

148 GreyStone RoadHartly, DE 19953
302-492-8038
Hours: Daily, 10am - 1pm.

96 miles away
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Mission Statement

To provide rescue and a sanctuary for abused, injured, or homeless horses; to utilize these horses in therapeutic programs assisting low income, at-risk youths; and to deepen the natural bond between humans and horses through state-of-the-art educational programs.

Each year the SWS endeavors to advance the cause of abused, neglected and unwanted horses and to promote citizenship within the community through our Community Outreach Program. Over the course of 2006, we added 5 new programs this year and recruited and trained 24 new volunteers. We responded to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina by becoming certified in equine disaster recovery in preparation of such a disaster occurring in the Delaware/Maryland area.

In 2006, SWS was handpicked to run Greener Pastures Equine Sanctuary in Warwick, Maryland, and to expand our rescue and Community Outreach Program tenfold. Greener Pastures, a 160-acre farm, was donated by the late Mrs. Doris Wear to be used as a sanctuary for abandoned animals and as a safe-haven for the resident population of Blue Herons and American Eagles. With the acquisition of this facility comes both the addition of 15 new thoroughbreds in need of new homes and an enormous opportunity for the growth of our rescue and programs across the Delmarva Peninsula.

When we think of the SWS, we think of it as an equine rescue embedded within a community. Through our Community Outreach Program we have seen many lives changed for the better. The SWS continues to work to help make a difference in the lives of people and of our rescued horses. Each and every horse and individual affected by our rescue and its programs has reason to hope because of the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the generous financial support of our community and friends.

We need your help to grow our shelter! Currently, we have horses without adequate shelter at our new facility. We are raising funds to change their future and provide:

• Expansion for our Equine Sanctuary, one of two in the State of Delaware, and the only one for abused, handicapped, retired, and/or homeless horses.

• Expansion of our Equine-Assisted Learning Program (EAL) that has been highly successful with low income, at-risk youths in Delaware.

In addition to providing shelter for retired race horses, the stable with its state-of-the-art Learning Center, will draw experts in the fields of veterinary medicine and progressive training methods. The SWS will present monthly clinics and educational programs for Barbaro fans, trainers, breeders, riders, and horse lovers from Delaware and surrounding states.

A stable at Greener Pastures is the top priority need. The SWS needs to begin construction on the stable immediately to accommodate the fifteen retired thoroughbred race horses, and other horses at the Hartly site.

This stable will feature the only Learning Center on the Delmarva Peninsua offering clinics and educational programs/ lectures on equine diseases, trailoring, training, mutual respect between horse and rider, and leading edge research that will be extremely useful to horse owners and breeders.

The Equine Sanctuary, one of two in Delaware, needs financial support to meet the growing demand for sanctuary services requested from all over the Delmarva Peninsula. SWS has a long waiting list of horses that need the sanctuary. There is a special need to create a safe home for horses that are abused or homeless. There are currently 35 horses in the Equine Sanctuary, which has served a total of 250 horses altogether. Horses from the Equine Sanctuary are also used in the Equine Assisted Living Program (EAL). Most of these horses would have gone to the slaughterhouse long ago had it not been for the Equine Sanctuary. Today they find a purpose and a reason to live as part of the SWS Equine-Assisted Learning Program.

Through its compassionate philosophy of care and training for the horse, the SWS is forging a new destiny and future for horses, many of which would end up in the slaughterhouse, inspite of their extraordinary past record of successes. Please help support our mission by providing our horses, as well as the commuinty we serve, a sanctuary for all who enter.

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Reader's Reviews (3)
Steph P.
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Rating: 5

Visited Greener Pastures

posted 6 years ago

When Greener Pastures was first opened, Allaire du Pont drove me down there, her station wagon filled with some of her many pooches. She showed me the farm and talked of the plans to help the equine retirees. Great place.

Pros: Great location for retired horses

Cons: Retired horses seem unable to learn bridge, shuffleboard

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Gina G.
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Rating: 5

Love Horse Rescues

posted 6 years ago

I enjoyed reading about this place. They are doing alot to advance the cause of animal/horse rescue and their work with the handicapped is wonderful.

Pros: Humane and Kind

Cons: -

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