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Hay Donations Sought for Horse Therapy Program

When dry weather sent hay prices soaring last year, farmers took a hit. A local horse therapy center is still feeling the pain almost a year later.
(EASTON, Mo.) When dry weather sent hay prices soaring last year, farmers took a hit.

A local horse therapy center is still feeling the pain almost a year later.

Soaring Hope Equestrian Center, east of St. Joseph, needs help providing hay for its horses.

The horses are used during weekly therapy sessions for about 25 kids with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

The non-profit is working with the sale barn in Atchison, Kan. to collect hay donations to meet the need.

The center's manager, Colin Foster, says the horses have a great impact on the kids and he wants to continue making a difference in the community.

He started the program about four years ago.

"I picked up this little magazine about southwest Kansas and it was an article about one of these centers. I had never heard of them. I didn't know there was horse therapy. I've been around horses all my life and in the cattle business. I read that and it was like this stream of light was coming in and God said 'I want you to do that,'" Foster recalls.

Larry Shuetz is coordinating the donation effort in Atchison. He is accepting hay donations at the sale barn on August 17.

Soaring Hope will also pick up hay donations in the St. Joseph area if needed.

Call 913-367-5970 or 816-253-9164 to find out more about the effort.
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