The Glenholme School Celebrates Retirement Of Two Loyal Horses After 15 Years Of Service To Students With Special Needs
-Two marvelous horses retired from the program after 15 years of faithful service to students with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression and various learning differences.
The equestrian program of Glenholme builds on decades of therapeutic success. The horses, Blondie and Belle, both 23 year old draft crosses, have offered students of all abilities levels the extraordinary opportunity to enrich their lives through quality equitation, horsemanship, equine safety practices, general horse care, and in developing an understanding of natural psychology and behavior of horses, supplemented by program offerings in stable management, vocational education, and community service opportunities.
The program is committed to safety and horsemanship and incorporates the school’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Community Service, Kindness and Fairness. Belle and Blondie have been an integral part of helping young people, once timid and shy, become confident and competent through their time spent with these majestic animals.
As the school celebrates Blondie’s and Belle’s 15 wonderful years of loyal and compassionate services to the students of Glenholme, their official retirement from the program took place on November 29. Today, the horses have a new home on a 275-acre horse farm in Binghamton, New York. In their new home, they will be the same steadying influences they were for the students at Glenholme, only now they are companion horses for the foals that are bred on the farm.