Issue #3 ● May/June 2019

Hope Therapy Newsletter

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Hello! My name is Shelby Brazeal. I’m Hermione’s owner. Below, you’ll find the story of the first day of Penelope’s life. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the read!

I had a lovely stall built for Hermione to give birth in (most horses give birth at night), and on the morning of April 4th, I very nearly put her back in the stall after being turned out for a few hours in the morning. Hermione was obviously very close to going into labor, but the signs weren’t quite there, so I figured she would likely hold out until that night.

That afternoon, I was just about to head home, eager to see how my girl was doing! Then, I get a call.. We have a foal! Cue the heart-pounding longest 20 minute drive I have EVER endured. I pull up, jump out of my car, and run around the shelter to get my first glimpse at the little creature I had been waiting on for over a year. Lo and behold, a perfect little mini-me was laying in the sand next to her mother (Hermione then proceeded to nicker at me as if to say “That was tiring, could you be a dear and bring me some food? I’m hungry.”)

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Now, when you’re a newborn horse, legs are complicated. Penelope has been gradually more and more folded up like a squished pretzel in Hermione’s tummy for the last 3 or 4 months. And now nature expects her to unfold and figure out how to walk and run and frolic within a couple of hours at most! She did, but initially, she looked like a tater tot on stilts trying to do ballet.

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“These legs are ridiculous! I have no idea how to use them!”  - Penelope

“These legs are ridiculous! I have no idea how to use them!” - Penelope

 
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Finally, after a long evening figuring out how to walk, eat, and with a little bit of frolicking, we all settled in for bed. And eventually, we figured out those legs.

Be sure to check out Penelope’s public album with pictures and videos on Facebook! The album is public, so everyone can see it.


April & May Monthly Recap


derby party fundraiser

Our annual Derby Party Fundraiser was a huge success! Please enjoy some pictures from our wonderful volunteers (namely Jennifer Lang, who took the pictures featured in this month’s newsletter). Thank you to all who attended!!


April 7, 2019 -  Hermione’s adorable filly, Penelope, having some play time this morning 🙂

April 7, 2019 - Hermione’s adorable filly, Penelope, having some play time this morning 🙂

April 9, 2019 -  Hope Therapy would like to give a huge shout out to Southern Steps for the new steps and platform that lead to our shed at out St. Johns County location at Under the Oaks farm. They delivered and installed them a couple of weeks ago! This shed is where we keep all of our supplies and acts as our volunteer check-in point and now we can navigate it safely! Thank you again Southern Steps!

April 9, 2019 - Hope Therapy would like to give a huge shout out to Southern Steps for the new steps and platform that lead to our shed at out St. Johns County location at Under the Oaks farm. They delivered and installed them a couple of weeks ago! This shed is where we keep all of our supplies and acts as our volunteer check-in point and now we can navigate it safely! Thank you again Southern Steps!

April 21, 2019 -  Hermione's foal is super cute and loves scratches! Our social media page manager is super busy with the little one, as well as with college graduation, but hopefully a return to the usual schedule, cartoon ponies and all, will resume soon! 🙂

April 21, 2019 - Hermione's foal is super cute and loves scratches! Our social media page manager is super busy with the little one, as well as with college graduation, but hopefully a return to the usual schedule, cartoon ponies and all, will resume soon! 🙂

April 21, 2019 -  We here at Hope Therapy hope everyone had a lovely Easter! We most certainly did 😊

April 21, 2019 - We here at Hope Therapy hope everyone had a lovely Easter! We most certainly did 😊

May 11, 2019 -  Thank you Tree Tech Tree Services for becoming a Bronze Sponsor for Johhny Brown and supporting his care for the next 3 months! We would also like to thank them for the $50 donation to the bunnies at Hope Therapy! Their contribution will help provide materials for engaging activities for riders and rabbits!   Tree Tech Tree Service

May 11, 2019 - Thank you Tree Tech Tree Services for becoming a Bronze Sponsor for Johhny Brown and supporting his care for the next 3 months! We would also like to thank them for the $50 donation to the bunnies at Hope Therapy! Their contribution will help provide materials for engaging activities for riders and rabbits! Tree Tech Tree Service

May 13, 2019 -  We hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's day! Our co-founders, Marianne and her daughter, Becky, as well as Marianne's mother and Becky's children, came to visit Hermione and her filly, Penelope, and it made for some very cute multigenerational pictures!

May 13, 2019 - We hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's day! Our co-founders, Marianne and her daughter, Becky, as well as Marianne's mother and Becky's children, came to visit Hermione and her filly, Penelope, and it made for some very cute multigenerational pictures!


May 24, 2019 -  Hope Therapy would like to send a huge thank you to The Hutson Companies for their continued gold level sponsorship of Irish AND Radical! Their contribution will help cover the needs of both of these boys for the next year!

May 24, 2019 - Hope Therapy would like to send a huge thank you to The Hutson Companies for their continued gold level sponsorship of Irish AND Radical! Their contribution will help cover the needs of both of these boys for the next year!

May 30, 2019 -  We just want to give a special thank you to the individuals who have decided to sponsor some of our horses during this month! We decided a fun way to show our appreciation would be through our newest cartoon ponies drawing of Johnny Brown. Weekly cartoon ponies is back, starting now! Who do you think we should have drawn next week?

May 30, 2019 - We just want to give a special thank you to the individuals who have decided to sponsor some of our horses during this month! We decided a fun way to show our appreciation would be through our newest cartoon ponies drawing of Johnny Brown. Weekly cartoon ponies is back, starting now! Who do you think we should have drawn next week?

 
27 May, 2019 -  Puppies puppies puppies! Yellow labrador retrievers, they are so cute and sweet it will melt your heart! We still have some available!! Thank you to our volunteers Klare, Abbie and Hailey for the super cute picture!

27 May, 2019 - Puppies puppies puppies! Yellow labrador retrievers, they are so cute and sweet it will melt your heart! We still have some available!! Thank you to our volunteers Klare, Abbie and Hailey for the super cute picture!


thank you and see you next month!