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Ray of Light Farm

232 Town Street
East Haddam CT 06423

Tax ID/EIN: 30-0180645
Year Founded: 2004
Last Updated 2017-05-12

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

90%% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Ray of Light was established to provide a place where animals and people can form healthy connections in a safe environment. In addition, we aspire to be a healing presence in a wounded world.

Horse-related programs:
Horse and Donkey Rescue: Premarin foals, nurse mare foals, owner surrenders, horses slated for slaughter and/or auction, pregnant mares in need of care, mistreated animals, etc.<br /> B.I.T.: Basics In Training is a program initially designed to help our Premarin babies grow to be well-mannered adults, beginning with gentling them into a halter. The program has four levels and teaches both humans and horses the gentle methods of creating a well-trained horse. It has become the base for all our training, riding, and horse handling, focusing on working in partnership with the horse.<br /> HORSE FEATHERS: Vets learn basic horsemanship, tacking, driving. Instruction given by Dave Bradham, Certified PATH Riding and Driving instructor. Providing beneficial equine therapy to those who have so bravely served our country. <br /> Tiny Trotters: An interactive program for preschoolers designed to educate young people about the importance of being kind to animals, and introduce them to the world of horses and rescue animals.<br /> Therapeutic Riding Program: We are a PATH, INTL certified riding center<br /> Hoofbeats: An educational program about horses designed for area schools and organizations that want to learn more in-depth concepts of horsemanship. It includes topics such as anatomy, physiology, hoof care, dental care, pathologies and illnesses, barn management, body language of humans and horses and how that is seen through the eyes of the horse.<br /> Filly Night: An adult women's riding and community building program in which adults are mentored by youth a win-win situation. Our teens learn to teach, building their self-confidence and leadership skills. <br /> Birthday Parties: Weekly children's parties that consist of a farm tour, multiple animal interactions, and a pony ride.<br /> Able bodied riding lessons<br /> Pony rides for general public<br /> Seminar weekend for Women<br />Leadership Institute from Hartford Seminary - a weekend experience focusing on the horse, other animals at the farm and our relationship with them.<br /> Equine Wellness Fair - One day event exploring new and ancient alternative therapies applied to the equine world.

Non-horse-related programs:
Annual Fundraising events: Easter Egg Hunt, Silent Auction, Halloween Hayrides, Winter Wonderland, Horse Feathers Fundraising dinner, Wine Tasting Event
Employment training programs for youth and disabled individuals and volunteer opportunities for Veterans with PTS
Community service programs for area schools, churches, Veterans, and the Middlesex county court system

Other animals rescued and cared for include: goats, pigs, donkeys, mules, peacocks, guinea fowl, ducks, llamas, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, alpaca, tortoises, and several breeds of chickens.

Volunteer Opportunities

Barn Chores And Farm Maintenance
Minimum Age: 14
Manure movers! Equipment maintenance (tractor care), ring groomers, and general farm and stall clean up and care. Every day, hours vary.

Tiny Trotter Farm Tours
Minimum Age: 16
Tuesdays and Fridays, hours are 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Need someone who loves to tell stories, farm tours, and crafts. We will train.

Docent For Farm Walks
Minimum Age: 16
We need a docent that loves animals and loves talking about them. We will educate them. Docent hours are Saturday and Sunday, first shift 10-12:30 and second shift 12:30-3 (hours are flexible)

Wish List Items

We currently have 54 equines and they eat hay. This is something we always need.

We are in desperate need for some new or lightly used wheelbarrows. Many of the ones we have were donated years ago and some have holes in them.

We clean 65 stalls every day, as well as the paddocks and other enclosures and wheelbarrows enable us to do this work efficiently and safely.

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.