BREWSTER, N.Y. -- Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster has received a donation of all natural, handmade high-quality products from The Simple Equine, a Connecticut-based company built on the owners' love for horses.
Tara Korde has expanded her line of equine products so it's not just horses who will benefit, but the horse riders and staff. In the past the products had been for animals only; it now includes bath and body care.
And, thanks to her mom, Anne, who helps run the business, there's now equestrian-themed sterling silver jewelry including antique and vintage pieces.
The Riverside, Conn.-based team is all about reaching out to local not-for-profits to better both the horses' experience and, hopefully, the programs.
In addition to Pegasus, the Darien resident is working with Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship in Mount Kisco, donating her line of equine grooming products to both facilities.
Pegasus, in fact, has a "circle of life" kind of story attached to it.
"I remember my godparents donating two ponies to Pegasus over 20 years ago and so I feel incredibly lucky that I'm able to give back to such a great local non-profit and help make a difference in the community," she said.
The horses at both facilities are incredible, she added. "The way in which they help the program participants is almost hard to believe. Each step they take is thoughtful and careful, and you can see the concentration on each horse or pony's face.
"They have a serious job to do and they know it. These horses deserve nothing but the best and I am very excited to share my products with them.”
Each organization requests different products based on the needs of the horses and the time of year. At Pegasus, they're a big fan of the Protective Pink Nose Formula which keeps sunburns at bay, while, at Endeavor, Harrison Ford -- the horse, not the actor -- loves the Healing Calendula Salve when he gets a tick bite.
The Soothing Chickweed Cream is another favorite among the horses (and staff).
Tara admits it's her passion that drives her to always do better. “If my products are not helping horses, then I'm not satisfied. Whether for a customer or a donated product, the horse or rider must be getting a benefit.”
For more information, visit www.thesimpleequine.com .
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