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Horse therapy farm struggling to make ends meet amid the pandemic

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 17:32:24-04

CROWNSVILLE, Md. — Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville is really hurting. They rely heavily on donations and fundraisers and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, their biggest fundraiser of the year didn't happen.

25 acres of beautiful horse country in Anne Arundel County. 10 horses out in the fields relaxing when they really should be working.

They're therapeutic horses. They work with veterans, adults and children with physical and emotional disabilities.

Because of the pandemic they are sidelined along with most of the staff. If that isn’t bad enough, their main fundraiser was last weekend and had to be canceled because of social distancing and then went to a virtual fundraiser where they were able to raise $24,000.

That will take care of the next two weeks. The event would’ve normally raised $110,000.

It takes about $40,000 a month to run the farm and take care of the horses as they see about 80 clients a month and these horses.

If they continue to be closed, they will lose up to a quarter of a million dollars more.

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