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Birth Year: 1995. Gender: Gelding. Breed: Welsh Pony/Trakehner Cross.
Affiliated with Leg Up Farm .

Leg Up Farm's mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and their families through support and customized programs. This is achieved by operating the only facility in the country to offer the following services beneath one roof: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, aquatic therapy, behavioral health services, nutrition services, recreational and educational programs, and, of course, therapeutic horseback riding.

At Vintage Oaks, T-Bird trained and competed in Hunters Division. He was also a lesson horse at their facility. We have been very blessed to have T-Bird on lease from Vintage Oaks. T-Bird is laid back, quiet, reliable, stable, rock solid and very well versed. He can go from involvement in a therapeutic riding lesson to walk, trot, and canter.

Unfortunately for T-Bird, he experiences seasonal gastrointestinal issues. Specifically, in the summer months, when there is any change to his diet, be it a new load of hay or being out on the grass a little longer than normal, T-Bird experiences extremely loose stools. We have found that the only thing that clears this up for him is BioSponge, a product of Platinum Performance. It has helped him to better regulate his digestive system and keep his GI tract happy and healthy.

Funding and a gift card totaling $1,000 would go a long way in the purchasing of this essential product, as well as preventative probiotics, for T-Bird.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
Approximately four years ago, a local horse farm dedicated to the care and appreciation of horses, Vintage Oaks, learned about Leg Up Farm when we posted that we were hosting our first horse show. Upon coming to Leg Up Farm and seeing first hand the important work we are doing with children impacted by special needs, the owners of Vintage Oaks were inspired to get involved in our efforts. They started by serving as a ribbon/award sponsor of the following year's show. Then, wanting to get involved at an even greater level, they decided to lease T-Bird to our program so that the children we serve could benefit from his quiet and sweet manner. -- Jennifer A. Hitz