Charlie, a 5-year-old with special needs, rides a horse at Rising Hope Farm on Tuesday. The farm is part of Special Equestrians of Georgia.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Donors pony up to help Milton horse farm that provides special needs therapy

The Milton community has rallied behind the owner of a horse therapy farm after a not-so “neigh”-borly post on Nextdoor.

Stacey Edwards, who founded Special Equestrians of Georgia in 2006, provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy programs for children and adults with special needs at Rising Hope Farm. 

However, a woman on Nextdoor criticized the farm’s appearance last week, leading to a lot of long faces.

Rising Hope Farm, which is part of Special Equestrians of Georgia, provides therapeutic services and rides for adults and children with special needs.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

“If a hospital is helping kids with cancer, you don’t complain about the paint job in the operating room,” Brad Ladner, whose 5-year-old son Charlie has special needs, told Channel 2 Action News on Tuesday.

Edwards told Channel 2 she began to get messages offering landscaping services after the post complained about overgrown grass at the farm’s entrance. Before she knew it, hundreds of donors had raised nearly $3,000 to help her farm.

“The community rallied, and I can’t tell you how much that meant to us,” she told the news station. “It’s hard to put into words, but it’s just been amazing.”

Stacey Edwards
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

In addition to money, Edwards received dozens of offers from people willing to mow the lawn and clean up the property, Channel 2 reported.

After donating to the campaign, Ladner and his son visited the farm for a ride.

“That anyone can look at this place and say there’s anything wrong with it is unfathomable,” he said.

Edwards said she reached out to the woman, who apologized.

In the end, there was no harm, no foal.

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