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What's new at Pony Patch

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Pony Patch (PP) in Presque Isle is offering regular riding lessons as well as special needs and has started vaulting gymnastics on horseback.

Pony Patch is located on the Chapman Rd in Presque Isle, ME Space is limited, FMI Nancy Pytlak 207 764 5342 [email protected]



New Faces at APHA

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

New faces at Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates (APHA): 'Winnie the Phoo' the golden pony, is expecting any minute. Along with providing services for children and adults with special needs, including interactive vaulting, APHA offers regular riding lessons and mini camp programs, evenings and Saturdays.

APHA is located on Rt 1, Monticello ME FMI Shelley Taylor 207 538-9376 [email protected]

PPLC is Happy to Host our Veterans!

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Encouraging news for 2013:


Because of  the overwhelming success of horse programs throughout the USA that are helping soldiers, Perfect Ponies Learning Center is now waiving all fees for veterans who would like to take part in equine assisted activities, in an effort to serve those who have served. Veterans, service members and families are invited to PPLC in Van Buren, which already provides equine assisted learning experiences to individuals, families and groups, as well as horse riding lessons, fund days and empowerment and leadership mini camps. Please call ahead for a visit  whether you would like to participate in simple sessions of family fun days, horse care and riding, Equine Assisted Learning sessions, a specially designed group or individual program, or just spend some time with horses. 

PPLC is located at 489 Main St, Van Buren ME, FMI Nancy Dumond Violette 207 868 5324, [email protected] Other stables in Aroostook may follow suit in the future.

For a quick look at Veterans and horses:


Spring Brush Hours at PPLC

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi folks! Spring is upon us and so is a ton of winter horse hair! Perfect Ponies Learning Center is now hosting brush hours on Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm.  PPLC is located at 489 Main St. in Van Buren, ME. For more info please contact Nancy Dumond Violette at 868-5324. Bring the family! Come meet a horse! And no you don't have to stand on one.;)

MT Legup Newsletter 04-02-13

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Manes and Tails 10 years old!!, Special, Opportunities/grants+++, Animal


MT Meeting this week, Thursday Presque Isle Burger King 7-8:30 Open to anyone interested in horses helping humans.

BDN Link:


Following us on Facebook?!/pages/Manes-and-Tails-Aroostook/326926261334?fref=ts thanks to everyone who has liked this page so far, we made 100 likes today!!!!


We are Bottle driving again this year, drop me a line if you want your porch or garage cleaned of empties. All funds to the MT Scholarship Funds for special needs participants and facilitator trainings.


50/50 Raffle is presently going on, with drawing date moved to above meeting, we need help bigtime!! just holler if you need a ticket!


Scholarship fund is low but growing again, please get your requests in early. Also if you applied before and did not participate or your coach did not receive funds; we are working on reorganizing scholarship and treasury so please let me know if there's any questions.


I would like to post all available providers for special needs/horse activities. If you are doing so, please send me your contact info and a description of your services, even photos. Will place in future LegUps and can post on MT FB page as well.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: OPEN FARM in Van Buren All Saturdays in April 1-3PM , Public is invited to meet, pet, brush, lead, photograph and more ....... horses and ponies who love the attention. So dress for mud season, bring your camera and grandparents! This year the Manes and Tails sponsored Mud Pony Club will be on hand to help out. Location 489 Main St at Perfect Ponies Learning Center FMI Nancy Dumond Violette 868-5324


Presque Isle; Nancy Pytlak opening for the season, limited space. 764-5342


Aroostook Horse and Pony Associates in Monticello open and expecting some surprises too 538-9376 Shelley


Sharing from PATH instructor Pat Theriault in Fort Kent: "I thought of you, Nancy, when I received this newsletter. Had I shown you this foundation before? The Executive Director, KC Henry, was the Director of Fieldstone Farms when I lived in Ohio. It was called Therapeutic Riding Center at the time. " Here is the link to Horses and Humans be sure to check out their news letters, sign up for emails and I just love what they say about attention to detail "Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose." -Zora Neale Hurston




From Youth Vision : At our last Youth Vision Network Meeting our small group discussed working with area schools, and their students to address bullying. The Hope and Justice Project offers in school programming that responds to this issue and offers students the keys to recognize and respond to bullying, and how to support someone who is being bullied. Christy Dingee [email protected]


Last Minute:

Communication Styles in Counseling:

Do You Understand the Natural Language of Your Clients?

Presented by Robert Keteyian, LCPC May 3, 2013

Sign up at For questions email [email protected]



“Parenting with Dignity” curriculum is a 9 part parenting series by the Drew Bledsoe Foundation that teaches and encourages parents/caregivers to rethink their approach to discipline, punishment and empowerment. PWD teaches parents how to instill a sense of responsible decision making in their kids so that they can act responsibly when away from parents and to learn how to foster happy, self-directed children with a strong value structure and a sense of accountability for their actions. A Parents Workbook is provided that is used concurrently with the sessions that includes further explanations of the concepts along with many exercises and practical applications for parents to “try out” in their families. An additional hour class is added at the end on Family Group Decision making and healing tools. FMI



Ruby Tuesday's Give Back Program for AMHC Sexual Assault Services. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this service is collaborating with Ruby Tuesday's. If you take 'Ruby Tuesday’s Community GiveBack Program' flyer to Ruby's April 11,12,13 and 20 you can have 20% of your sale given to this service. Flyers available online pdf, contact Wendy Page Community Outreach & Resource Educator AMHC Sexual Assault Services 764-3319

RedRover Seeks Applications From Emergency Shelter Organizations to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse and Their Pets

As many as eight grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to emergency shelter organizations to support the creation of space to house the pets of victims of domestic violence....

Deadline: May 15, 2013 and October 30, 2013 Posted: March 22, 2013 link to apply


MVAT Foundation Invites Applications From Military and Veteran Support Organizations

Grants are awarded to military and veterans organizations that support or provide services designed to promote and enrich the lives of active and retired military and their families....

Deadline: May 31, 2013 and October 31, 2013 Posted: March 22, 2013

link to apply


Dog Fence DIY Invites Applications for Veterinary and Pre-Veterinary Academic Scholarships

Scholarships provide $2,000, distributed in increments of $500 per semester, to qualified applicants enrolled in a doctor of veterinary medicine program, an undergraduate biology or pre-veterinary studies program, or the equivalent....

Deadline: June 1, 2013 Posted: March 6, 2013

link to apply


Safeway Foundation Invites Applications From Nonprofit Organizations

Grants will support programs in the areas of hunger relief, education, health and human services, and/or assisting people with disabilities....

Deadline: Open Posted: March 1, 2013

link to apply



American Kennel Club Humane Fund Invites Applications from Women's Shelters that Permit Pets

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for essential operational support related to the housing of pets or capital improvements specifically for the housing and maintenance of pets....

Deadline: May 15, 2013 , August 15, November 15, February 15 Annually

Posted: February 27, 2013

link to apply


4-H news:

The Easton Trotters are organizing a Sheep and Fiber Festival to be held at Presque Isle's Tractor Supply store on Saturday May 11th from 10am to 4pm.

We will be having various demonstrations and exhibits throughout the day, one of which will be a shearing demonstration. We are looking for Aroostook County 4-Hers with sheep that need shearing for this demo. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact an Easton Trotters leader ASAP. We will start with limiting this to two sheep per member, but please let us know if you have more... if we don't have many sign up, it may be possible that you can bring more sheep.

Also, any members who bring sheep for the shearing demonstration will be asked to also participate in a Showmanship clinic/demo. This clinic can help you prepare for showing at the fairs this summer as well as allow for the public to see what 4-H is doing here in the County.

We are looking forward to hearing from you! FMI Dee Hawksley [email protected]

Lana McCurry [email protected] Cyndi Kimball [email protected]



HHPR IttyBitty Orphan Kitty programs

Each year, several litters of abandoned kittens come HHPR without a mother. This means a human must fill the mothering role until the kittens can eat on their own and use the litter box, which starts at about 4 weeks of age. It is rewarding work but can be exhausting for one person alone. We have trained volunteers who have saved dozens of kittens. But we need more help. HHPR is piloting a new program: the “Itty Bitty Orphan Kitty” Program, to train volunteers to provide orphan kitty care when babies start coming in 2013 kitten season. The training will be 3-sessions, 1 and 1/2 hour class to start Sunday, April 7th at 1 pm to 2:30 at the Caribou Lions Club Community Center (Please park in the back). A coffee with light refreshments will hosted after each training.

For more information or to join us, call 999-1075.

MT Legup Newsletter 02-27-13

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

First: Very Important: two items!!

Citizen's Energy is open taking applications for households to receive 100 gallons of fuel 1877 563 4645. you MUST call for an application, keep trying. the website is

A special Mini horse heeds a new home:

Hello to all my facebook friends and horse people. After Pat passed I had to rehome several of our animals. I had one very thoughtful friend who took the mini's. My friend is up against some very serious surgery in the near future, "Rainman" is around 5-6 years old, has a lot of character, and has always done well in the past with other horses, large or small. He was used in equine therapy for about 2 years. Is there anyone out there who can help us find a good home for him? Thank you, Jill Willett-Sewall (Contact Jill on FB or send me your contact info and I will forward)


and the LegUp 2/17/13:

Manes and Tails, Special, Opportunities, a few grants,

MT Meet Thurs Mar 7, 7-8:30 pm MacDonalds in Presque Isle. (hopefully the weather will cooperate THIS time) Open to anyone who cares about horses helping people. Lots of sharing, and brainstorming!


MT is BOTTLE DRIVE-ing again this year. SO if you would like to donate your returnables to the MT Scholarship fund, (get your porch or garage cleaned out) Thanks to everyone for donations through out this past year, we are still receiving calls.

Call for a pick up or drop to:

Nancy Dumond Violette and Don Violette 207 868 5324, [email protected] PPLC 489 Main St VB,

Shelley Taylor, 538 9376 [email protected] Aroostook Horse and Pony Assoc, Rt 1 Monticello

Ginger Pryor 538 9500 at Monticello town office

Call from anywhere, we'll find a way, EVERY 5 Cents counts, we sponsored a record number of equine assisted participants in 2012, and have another PATH Int student to certify this year.

Also if you would like to help out with this drive please, even just returning your returns and sending MT the change, EVERY 5 Cents COUNTS!!


MT board encourages everyone: "All donations are needed and welcomed. Sponsor a student. Support a program equine. Remember a loved one. There are many special children that would appreciate your help. "


Please like and invite friends to Manes and Tails Aroostook on Facebook, since we operate on $0 budget for advertising and promotion, this is one of our big ways of reaching out to our friends and public.. THANKS to everyone who has and will!/pages/Manes-and-Tails-Aroostook/326926261334?fref=ts


Last minute:

This is in the EAP Report America's Horse Cares Grant Program In 2002, the American Quarter Horse Foundation embarked on a journey to help free special-needs individuals from their physical, cognitive and emotional limitations. An overwhelming response in grant requests illustrated a growing need for assistance and paved the way for our newest program "America's Horse Cares." This program strives to facilitate a partnership between the noble and gentle nature of the American Quarter Horse and riders who require additional care and patience. To date, more than $450,000 has been awarded to equine assisted activities and therapies facilities across the country.

The 2013 America's Horse Cares grant application deadline is March 1, 2013. Applicant organization must be a facility which utilizes horses to provide equine-assisted activities and therapy (EAAT) to benefit challenged or special-needs individuals. For more information go to:


also anyone who would like to see the EAP report and possible subscribe, please message me and I will forward


Horses and Healing Research Newsletter (thanks Pat)


Perfect Ponies in Van Buren is working with the VA to bring veterans and families to the farm this year along with regular and EAL services. We are very excited to offer time with horses and exercises that can have a positive effect on everyone's life. Mud Pony Club has had a few days of activities this winter and looking forward to starting 2X weekly visits early this year. FMI Perfect Ponies Learning Center is on FB, Nancy is [email protected] 207 868 5324


Aroostook Horse and Pony Assoc in Monticello has been working all winter with a great group of students, looking forward to a healthy summer. The beautiful sand filled arena will be warm and ready before you know it.



THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013 (REGISTRATION 7:45 - 8:15 AM) 8:15AM - 4:30 PM Wells Conference Center University of Maine, Orono

Hosted by: Penquis District Linking Project Provider: Husson Institute for Continuing Health Programming Sponsor: Families and Children Together (F.A.C.T.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER: For more information, you may contact Tavi Kelley, Pediatric/NICU Professional Service, EMMC (207)973-8670 To register, complete the attached registration form and forward to: Wings Inc. Email: [email protected] Fax: (207)941-2989 Mail: Wings, Inc., 900 Hammond St Suite 915 Bangor, ME 04401 For more information re: registration, contact: Jenny Dow at Wings (207)941.2988 You may also go to the Wings website for our online registration form. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Feb 19th. No parking passes are required for this event.

TUITION Tuition for this conference is $25 per participant which includes materials, lunch, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Register early, as there is limited seating. Confirmation for the conference


Places for Struggling Teens


AMHC Sexual Assault Services newsletter, AMHC SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES

THE ADVOCATE EDUCATE. PREVENT. BELIEVE is available in PDF, please message me to forward or contact Wendy Page AMHC Sexual Assault Services 764-3319


some of the GEAR 'parenting with dignity' workshops didn't make this newsletter, but for info contact

Toni Federico Regional Parent Support Coordinator Penobscot, Piscataquis, S. Aroostook & Washington Counties

G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 [email protected]

or visit us on the web at or message me to forward you the flyer

American Honda Foundation Invites Applications for STEM Programs

Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and schools for programs that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in youth education....

Deadline: Rolling

Posted: February 14, 2013

more: link to apply:

eWomenNetwork Foundation Announces Grants for Small Organizations

The foundation awards grants of $6,000 to small entrepreneurial organizations working to address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children....

Deadline: March 31, 2013

Posted: February 12, 2013


Link to apply:


American Humane Association Offers Care Grants for Abused and Neglected Animals

Second Chance grants provide up to $2,000 to animal welfare organizations and rescue groups working to provide medical treatment for animals that have been victims of abuse or neglect before they are put up for adoption into permanent homes....

Deadline: Open

Posted: February 6, 2013


link to apply:


RGK Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2013 Grants Cycle

The foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in the broad areas of K-12 education, community improvement/development, and health and medicine....

Deadline: Rolling

Posted: February 1, 2013


link to apply

MT Legup Newsletter 01-31-13

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on April 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Manes and Tails, and lots more: Special, Opportunities, Animal,


Never thought I would ask for this kind of help, all it takes is YOUR VOTE to help Manes and Tails to receive some Bangor Saving Bank funding for scholarships this year. All you need is an email, be a Maine resident and a few minutes, NO money for this one, and of course please forward to friends!

here's the link find the northern group check write in and write Manes and Tails

here's the story:

Your Vote Matters More! Mainers are caring people. More than 100,000 of you voted for your favorite charities last year in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation's Community Matters More grant-making initiative. We are looking to you, our community, to assist us by deciding how to best distribute $100,000. Bangor Savings Bank is pleased to announce that the 2013 Community Matters More voting begins January 28th and runs for six weeks, ending March 11th. Winners will be announced in early April.Again this year, a total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. To vote for your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of our 56 branches statewide. A complete list of voting guidelines and eligibility requirements for write-in nominations are available at are proud that Community Matters More is now in its seventh year. The success of this annual initiative is made possible because of the commitment Mainers have to their communities and the important role nonprofits play in our state. As Maine's largest independent bank, Bangor Savings Bank is committed to being a strong community partner and a good neighbor throughout Maine. We need your help to make Community Matters More a success in 2013. Thank You!

MT had to cancel two meetings in a row due to weather, next meet TBA

Woodbury Reports; Places for Struggling Teens

Impaired Perceptions photography exhibit for/about disabilities/abilities, breathtaking:

First Aid class for Dogs Feb 9, more:

Free Tax Preps: Call United Way of Aroostook today at 764-5197 or email United Way for an appointment and information.

Maine Community Foundation community Building Grant Program Online applications must be completed by February 15 at 11:59 p.m.

The Community Building Grant Program seeks to support organizations and programs that recognize and build on a community's strengths and assets. Awards are made by the Maine Community Foundation's county and regional committees and a statewide committee that reviews proposals both from counties without county committees and organizations whose projects are statewide in scope.


Lego Children's Fund Seeks Grant Proposals for Youth Creativity Programs

The fund provides grants of up to $100,000 to nonprofits working to support creativity among children up to the age of 14, particularly those who are disadvantaged or at-risk....

Deadline: Quarterly

Posted: January 18, 2013 Link: RFP:

American Association of Community Colleges Announces Grants to Start Plus 50 Encore Completion Programs

The "Plus 50" program supports efforts to help students age 50 or over earn a certificate or degree in high-demand fields such as health care, education, and social services, enabling them to increase their employment competitiveness....

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Posted: January 30, 2013 Link RFP:

World of Children Accepting Nominations for 2013 Humanitarian, Health, Youth Awards

The World of Children award program honors individuals who have created proven, high-impact programs that make a permanent difference in the lives of children in the United States and abroad....

Deadline: April 1, 2013

Posted: January 25, 2013 link: RFP:

Peace First Prize Seeks Nominations of Young Peacemakers

Five young leaders (between the ages of 8 and 22) in the United States will be awarded two-year, $50,000 fellowships in recognition of their work to address injustice and create lasting change in their schools and communities....

Deadline: April 12, 2013

Posted: January 24, 2013 Link: RFP:

On Aroostook Riding Club FB page:

Autumn Beaulieu 3:04pm Jan 30

Anyone need your horse tuned up? I'd be more then happy. Super cheap! Also into photography only chargin $20! Text me 538 1630

MT Legup Newsletter 01-15-13

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on January 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Meeting reminder:

Saturday, 1/19, Burger King, Presque Isle 1pm (rescheduled from 1/5 due to whiteout road conditions)

Looking back at a record number of scholarships in 2012

Looking forward to funding in 2013, including a new PATH Int instructor for Aroostook!


Still collecting bottles and cans; every 5 cents counts to help people with special needs get involved in equine services. and we DO pick up for you, need the porch or garage cleaned up a bit? Been making deposit$ all year, thanks Aroostook!


Link to EAP report (equine assisted philosophy)


Manes and Tails on FB!/pages/Manes-and-Tails-Aroostook/326926261334?fref=ts


Info wanted: the MT news letters are just info cut and pasted from things I've received. If you have anything to share about special needs, horses, opportunities etc.... please send in. the usual categories are Manes and Tails, Special Needs, Opportunities (workshops, grants, etc), animals and classified. Instructors and stable owners: your info will be posted if you write in. We really would like to develop a full list of all riding centers in the county, and who they serve.



GEAR ADHD workshop:

Dear Professionals,

Just a reminder that there will be a GEAR workshop on ADHD 101 on Wednesday Jan 16 at CrossKey Ministries in East Millinocket.

These workshops are free and you recieve a 2 hour training certificate at the end of the workshop. Hope to see you there.

Toni Federico Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Penobscot, Piscataquis, S. Aroostook & Washington Counties

G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224

[email protected] or visit us on the web at


new web under development for P&S

Pine & Spurs Riding Club


MT Legup Newsletter 01-01-13

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on January 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Trying to get off on the right hoof! Happy New Year to everyone !


Manes and Tails first meeting of 2013, Saturday, January 5, 1pm, Presque Isle Burger King. (note change: was Macs last time) Always open to everyone interested in Horses helping People.


Not a lot of new info to post, but as usual MT in blue, Special needs in purple, opportunities in red, Animal in Green, Classifieds black. thanks to everyone for sharing


MT Web news, Elisabeth is getting back to it, and is given the OK to expand


MT Facebook, please help us top 100 likes, check out all the nice pics, always looking for more MT FB also has links to articles and news about the therapeutic horse world!/pages/Manes-and-Tails-Aroostook/326926261334?fref=ts


also more fun on Perfect Ponies Learning Center FB, PATH Int., Horseplay Farm, Rocking S Ranch.......

Anyone who would like news of what is going on at your facility, please share with me so I can post. this NL goes out to over 100 addys and is often forwarded to more.


If you are still wondering 'why horses?' try visiting some! for a quick answer, read the green section below

Wings for Children and Families--- Open House announcement---January 9th. Ribbon Cutting at 2:00 pm with the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce at our new office. Please join us in celebrating our new office space for Aroostook County, come join our ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce. Our Presque Isle Office is located at 93 State Street Suite A. We are so excited about this move, please come, join us and meet our staff or if you know our staff, come by and say hello!! Trish Niedorowski Executive Director, Wings for Children and Families 900 Hammond Street Suite 915, Bangor, Maine 04401 tel: 207.941.2988 cell: 207.944.2270 fax: 207.941.2989

this might be out dated, but worth posting:

A consumer in the grant program got this lift but was not able to use it. It is available as is on a first come first served basis. Caller assumes the cost of pick up and installation.

Handy - Lift

For more info on the product

Call me and I can forward your name and contact info onto the consumer

Ketra S. Crosson, OTR/L Alpha One Independent Living Specialist 207.767.2189 (v/tty)


Middle School Students Invited to Submit Entries for Christopher Columbus Awards

The program challenges students in grades six to eight, working in teams of three to four with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem....

Deadline: February 4, 2013

Posted: December 21, 2012

see more:

link to apply:


ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2013 Class Project Awards

One hundred educators in the United States will be selected to receive awards of $2,000 or more to help fund their innovative class projects....

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Posted: December 11, 2012


app link:


“My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I took time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the choices she would face in the future.

As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman she would soon be. I started thinking about some of the girls we knew in our town who were already pregnant, pierced in several places, hair every color under the sun, drop outs, drug addicts and on the fast track to no-where, seeking surface identities because they had no inner self esteem. The parents of these same girls have asked me why I “waste” the money on horses so my daughter can ride. I’m told she will grow out of it, lose interest, discover boys and all kinds of things that try to pin the current genera-tion’ s “slacker” label on my child. I don’t think it will happen, I think she will love and have horses all her life.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has compassion. She knows that we must take special care of the very young and the very old. We must make sure those without voices to speak of their pain are still cared for.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned responsibility for others than herself. She learned that regardless of the weather you must still care for those you have the stewardship of. There are no “days off” just because you don’t feel like being a horse owner that day. She learned that for every hour of fun you have there are days of hard slogging work you must do first.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned not to be afraid of getting dirty and that appearances don’t matter to most of the breathing things in the world we live in. Horses do not care about designer clothes, jewelry, pretty hairdos or anything else we put on our bodies to try to impress others. What a horse cares about are your abilities to work within his natural world, he doesn’t care if you’re wearing $80.00 jeans while you do it. -

Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned about sex and how it can both enrich and complicate lives. She learned that it only takes one time to produce a baby, and the only way to ensure babies aren’t produced is not to breed. She learned how babies are planned, made, born and, sadly, sometimes die before reaching their potential. She learned how sleepless nights and trying to out-smart a crafty old broodmare could result in getting to see, as non-horse owning people rarely do, the birth of a true miracle.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she understands the value of money. Every dollar can be translated into bales of hay, bags of feed or farrier visits. Purchasing non-necessities during lean times can mean the difference between feed and good care, or neglect and starvation. She has learned to judge the level of her care against the care she sees provided by others and to make sure her stan-dards never lower, and only increase as her knowledge grows.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to learn on her own. She has had teachers that cannot speak, nor write, nor communicate beyond body language and reactions. She has had to learn to “read” her surroundings for both safe and unsafe objects, to look for hazards where others might only see a pretty meadow. She has learned to judge people as she judges horses. She looks beyond appearances and trappings to see what is within.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned sportsmanship to a high degree. Everyone that competes fairly is a winner. Trophies and ribbons may prove someone a winner, but they do not prove someone is a horseman. She has also learned that some people will do anything to win, regard-less of who it hurts. She knows that those who will cheat in the show ring will also cheat in every other aspect of their life and are not to be trusted.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has self-esteem and an engaging personality. She can talk to anyone she meets with confidence, because she has to express herself to her horse with more than words. She knows the satisfaction of controlling and teaching a 1000 pound animal that will yield willingly to her gentle touch and ignore the more forceful and inept handling of those stronger than she is. She holds herself with poise and professionalism in the company of those far older than herself.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to plan ahead. She knows that choices made today can effect what happens five years down the road. She knows that you cannot care for and protect your investments without savings to fall back on. She knows the value of land and buildings. And that caring for your vehicle can mean the difference between easy travel or being stranded on the side of the road with a four horse trailer on a hot day.

When I look at what she has learned and what it will help her become, I can honestly say that I haven’t “wasted” a penny on providing her with horses. I only wish that all children had the same opportunities to learn these lessons from horses before setting out on the road to adulthood.”

-Author Unknown

Shared because it's true.

Wanted: HAY, Van Buren area, Square Bales, Horse Quality 868-5324


MT Legup Newsletter 11-07-12

Posted by manesandtailsaroostook on December 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

YES Manes and Tails is still here! Been a busy summer, lots of scholarships awarded, thanks to Caribou and Presque Isle Rotaries, Individual donations, Bottle Drivers, and people willing to seek horses as help.


Meeting: Monday, Nov 12, (Happy Veterans' Day), 2PM at McDonald's in Presque Isle. Much to catch up on and plan as well as news from Equine Affaire.


Otherwise, a few odds and ends to share:


Note: Pat Theriault, the most recently certified PATH Int (used to be NARHA) member in the County who lives in Fort Kent, is co-owner, with her husband, Carl, of Valley Auto, which had a devastating fire last month. Devastating to the building but not to the Theriaults, who have staff in place at alternate locations servicing and selling vehicles, I don't think they lost more than a minute to keep their employees employed and community served. Awesome attitude and motivation.



YOUTH NET: The December Shared Youth Vision Council (was youth network) meeting will be serving as a membership drive and will hopefully bring in new individuals who will become consistent members. At the November meeting, please bring a list of any contacts that you believe should be reached out to and invited to the December meeting (as well as receive information going forth regarding the Council). The hard copy lists will be given to Lauren DeMerchant (AmeriCorps member) who will be compiling them and sending out invitations for the meeting. You may also e-mail a copy of your list of suggested contacts to - [email protected] FMI Judy Demerchant at [email protected]

For info on Maine's new Bullying laws and procedures: contact Judy Demerchant at [email protected] or me, I can forward her email to you


Nancy Dumond Violette

Manes and Tails and

Perfect Ponies Learning Center

489 Main St, Van Buren, ME 04785

207 868 5324 [email protected]


"to Encourage relationships between people and horses that benefit the mind, body and spirit of both"