***Special Note: Another Chance for Horses is no longer at this farm.***

Another Chance 4 Horses Presents “A Natural Way” Seminars

Another Chance 4 Horses has 100 acres of rolling hills and a lovely, natural setting.

This may well be the first event of its kind. Another Chance 4 Horses, a not-for-profit horse rescue, will make an adoption weekend into a fun and educational event - by adding into the schedule several presentations by horse experts who do things NATURALLY.

On April 12 and 13, 2003, in Shartlesville, PA, “The Natural Way” will be held at the Mountain Springs Rodeo Resort, generously donated for the cause by Rich Miller. There will be lots of valuable information on natural horse care, door prizes, valuable information, HORSES, and lots of fun.

Gatherings with natural experts may currently be few and infrequent, but times are changing. When word of this event gets around, it is likely (and hopeful) that other rescues will do the same. Not only will visitors get to visit with and meet horses for adoption, they will also learn many helpful, natural, and better ways to take care of their new horse companions - and other horses they may already have.

Rescues and shelters typically are foster homes to many horses who are unhealthy, unsound, unproductive, unsafe, and unwanted. But just because these horses arrive this way at a rescue doesn’t mean they need to stay that way. And that is the mission of Another Chance 4 Horses, a 100-acre foster farm. Christy Sheidy, president, is finding that by consistently providing wholesome natural care, appropriate handling, and love, her rescued horses are being transformed into healthier, happier, and more capable potential partners, improving the chances for placing them in good homes.

Teaching horses to be safe is an important part of the rehabilitation program at Another Chance 4 Horses. “This is Dandy, a 9-year-old 11-hand Welsh Circuit A show pony.”

Says Christy, “Our mission is to welcome home horses and ponies that are no longer needed, wanted or useful to their owners and place them in homes where they ARE wanted, needed and useful. Most importantly, we will only place these animals in homes where they will be loved. We have placed horses for several facilities besides our own, and for individuals as well.”

And a second mission Christy has in the works is an umbrella organization for all rescues to unite and co-operate. “As a unified organization, horse rescues will have significantly more potential to raise badly needed funds, to raise restrictions of distance adoption set by single organizations because of inability to check on horses, to share knowledge, and to use each others’ strengths to eliminate weaknesses, which will allow rescues to flourish where so many are shutting their doors … and most importantly, to provide more of a chance for adoption through a connected data base of potential adopters to help the horses needing to be adopted.”

Why the natural gathering on Adoption Day? Christy believes that education may be the key to minimizing the ‘homeless horse’ problem. For one, horse adopters gain helpful information about caring for their adopted horses. Also, knowing how to keep horses naturally healthy, happy, sound, and cooperative will keep them with their owners longer (and out of auctions and rescues).

The world of horse management is changing - for the better. Many horse owners are becoming increasingly aware of ‘traditional’ methods that work against the horse. Many of these have become unacceptable to the caring horse owner. Owners are also recognizing the role they play in their horses’ behavior and are learning to adjust accordingly to improve the horse-human relationship.


An appreciative rescue horse, “Sprocket is a 5-year-old Morgan cross bought from an auction - very smart and great on the trail.”

Among the various presenters scheduled are:

Chuck Mintzlaff, Texas Pony Express - Foundation Training
Susan Beal, DVM, Big Run Healing Arts Holistic Veterinary Care – Homeopathy
Carlos Jimenez, DVM, Complete Equine Health Services - Acupuncture and Chiropractic
Marjorie Smith - Natural Hoof Trimming and Natural Lifestyle
KC LaPierre, Barefoot Equine Podiatry - High Performance Barefoot Trimming
Pennell Hopkins, SPCA - Abuse, Neglect, Cruelty, PA Law, and the Rescue Network
Esther Sager, MS, BFRP - Bach Flower Essences
Beth Brown, EqDT - B-B Equine Dentistry
Cheryl J. Allerton, Esq. of Hartman, Hartman, Howe & Allerton
Suzanne Martineau, Nutritionist for Buckeye Feeds
Loryhl Goodman, Herbs of the World - Herbs for Healthy Horses
Rosemary Crowley - Equine Massage & Bodywork
Shawn House, Hempzel Pretzels - Why Not Hemp?
Mary Bashtarz - Importance of Saddle Comfort for the Horse
Amy Worrell, DVM - The Importance of Turnout for Health
Mena Hautau, Extension Agent, CCA Penn State Cooperative Extension - Pasture Talk
Ron and Linda Briel, Balancing Touch System - Reiki, Acupressure, Equine Sports Massage
Kathy George - Animal Communication
… and MORE!!

For an updated listing, see www.anotherchance4horses.com or call 610-488-1426.
Door Prizes and raffle items are being accepted; please contact:
Another Chance 4 Horses
Christy C. Sheidy, President
166 Station Rd
Bernville, PA 19506
email to: christy@anotherchance4horses.com

The Natural Way seminars will present many of the ‘new’ safe and humane horse-care and training methods that horse caretakers can utilize. For instance, teaching a horse to be safe around humans is an essential part of the rehabilitation process. Natural horsemanship ideas have made life with horses safer and more enjoyable - for humans and horses - by teaching people how to understand horses, how to behave around horses, and how to communicate with horses in the ways they understand.

Setting boundaries is an important part of forming a safe partnership with a horse, and Christy works with all the horses on ‘ground manners’ - the inherent foundation of safety. The horses at AC4H are also ridden when they are capable. Christy, her family, and volunteers see to it that all the horses are cared for as if they were their own.

Natural horsemanship also includes natural care - maintenance and healthcare. A natural environment is best for horses, and even with small acreage the environment can be made more natural. Feeding horses can be done in a way that promotes good health and minimizes risk of disease. Natural hoofcare and equine dentistry are also essential to good health and well-being. Herbs, homeopathy, acupressure, chiropractic, massage, and other complementary healthcare techniques can help prevent illness and can assist horses in overcoming health problems.

Christy asks Stretch to pick up his hind legs on cue as part of his rehabilitative exercise routine. “This Chestnut TB is in his early 20's and he loves the exercise and still wants to go all day on the trail. If he is not out on the trail he needs to have this exercise done so his back doesn't get stiff. He rides English or Western but was used for an English lesson horse prior to being surrendered.”
cs snowroll.jpg; Caption: The horses at Another Chance 4 Horses enjoy being natural horses in a natural environment. “Panda is a 16-year-old English lesson/dressage horse. He gets sweet-itch so bad in the summer that they say he has to be stalled, bathed twice a week and have a special spray - I am hoping to find some ‘natural solution’ for him.”

Christy’s story is not much different from others who have started rescues, when compassion wins out over the pocketbook. “My family has had a love of horses for as long as I remember … so wanting horses around wasn't the surprise. Operating a rescue was! We had no initial plan for owning and operating a rescue - it just picked us. First let me explain to you that we live on 1 1/2 acres of land. With that said here we go....we were on a family vacation in New York, salmon fishing - visited a petting zoo and brought home our first rescue, Elvis! Elvis was a smooth-mouthed pony mare, blind in one eye. She was replaced at the farm because of her blindness and was going to auction! We traveled back to PA, I stayed with our oldest daughter who was around three while my husband, Rick borrowed a horse trailer from our neighbors and went back to New York for Elvis a round trip of more than eleven hours! (He also brought home a pot bellied pig and a pigmy goat!) Where did we keep her? My parents’ place, of course - thanks, Mom and Dad! Later on we were allowed to use 15 acres across from my parents, and now have use of a 100-acre farm that is an integral part of our program, as we are still privately funded - working on getting non-profit 5013c - and simply cannot afford to purchase property AND keep up with all the expenses! …Maybe in the future with grants and fundraisers, and lots of help,” Christy smiles.

Well-mannered and cooperative horses are more readily placed. Selina enjoys cleaning Cisco’s hooves.

“Well, with Elvis at home both my daughters, Lara and Selina, learned to lead-line western style and the next generation of horse lovers began. Lara became old enough to want to ride on her own and I began looking for a horse to take her on trails with me. We borrowed a horse from a summer camp program and when we returned him we saw a foundered mare,” Christy recalls. “We learned she had been purchased at an auction in August that year, given to a family on a free lease until time to use her in the program, and she was turned loose on a large amount of grass all by herself - so she foundered. We first saw her in January - and from August to January she had no treatment and was in great pain! We asked the business owner permission to bring her home and get her treatment, and we took her home. After her vet visit, pulling her shoes, and a couple months of rehab, she was much better and was able to be ridden. We trail rode all over the place and we were in love! We were also broke and needed to raise the money to buy her - so our first fundraiser started. With the assistance of Omni (sponsor page) and many prayers and most of our mortgage money, we were able to purchase her. We then had a call from my father, Bill Cipolla, who knew someone with a baby horse that needed a home,” Christy grins, “so of course we gave him a home! This is how the rescue started. Lara is now 7 and Selina just turned 5, and they both have a huge part in our program and are the biggest helpers!”

“Now, several years and many happy (and some sad) stories later, we are still here, growing and finding more ways to help both horses and people in our rescue process. We have even put in place several programs for the community. We have some very dedicated and helpful volunteers, who we appreciate greatly! And we have met a lot of wonderful people and horses along the way. We hope to continue for many years to come.”

All the horses at Another Chance 4 Horses are loved and appreciated. “This is my baby, Monteigo Bay. He has had a tough life – surgery, allergic to his own hair, bit his tongue in half, and has ringbone! All this was explained by prior owner who is in search and rescue - they are checking to see if we can do something at our event - he has improved greatly here and can be ridden lightly - he is my best buddy!”

“ As a rescue facility, we get a lot of older horses and special needs horses that people just can't care for anymore,” says Christy. “Older and special needs horses usually require special healthcare and attention. If anyone wants to help, but is not close enough to help on site, they can help in many other ways; one way is to be a Sponsor. Sponsorship is when you help one of the permanent residents with the cost of his care and upkeep, such as vet expenses, hoofcare, feed, medicine, special needs, etc. When you sponsor a horse, you get a picture of the horse you sponsor with a certificate showing you are an official Sponsor.”

Christy adds, “Other ways to help are to donate feed and hay, help organize a fundraiser, and to tell others about us. Any donation - one time, weekly or monthly - is greatly appreciated. Any donation, no matter how small, goes directly to the care and feeding of the rescue horses,” Christy explains. “For someone willing to help, there is always plenty to do.”

Volunteers are needed for the many chores required to care for rescued horses. “We have a working facility and we have hard-working volunteers. We need more people like them - dedicated people who want to be members of a team of caring individuals that help improve the quality of life for these horses. No experience is necessary to become a volunteer.”

Aside from the physical tasks that are mandatory for a healthy horse, there are many tasks that need to be done for the organization to function effectively and obtain its goals. “Volunteers are needed for therapy, rescue, fundraising, grant-writing, and many other areas. Volunteer for any length of time - every minute of help is greatly appreciated,” says Christy. “Also, we do have openings, and horses available for adoption, and we would love to hear from you.”

Christy adds, “And a big THANK YOU to Channel 69 News, Y102, F.M. Brown’s Tack, Rich Miller, Cate Stoltzfus, and Natural Horse Magazine for all your assistance. We appreciate your donations and all your efforts to make this a very successful event.”



For more information:
Another Chance 4 Horses
Christy C. Sheidy, President
166 Station Rd
Bernville, PA 19506
email to: christy@anotherchance4horses.com
Horses Available - through adoption, lease, sponsorship and foster care