Socrates (Sox) is the wise, elder leader of the horses at Seáfra Farm. This gentle giant helps the more independent, advanced riders refine their riding skills.
This handsome haflinger is the Fabio of the farm. Before coming to Compassionate Friends, Bam Bam competed in dressage shows and events. Bam Bam loves to jump and has traveled to many shows in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. HIs exposure to the various show has made him a brave and steady companion for the riders.
“When I first came to CFTRC, I had no self esteem and no social skills. I barely had enough confidence to look people in the eye or stand up straight. I felt for a time that I could amount to nothing and I would always be afraid to do anything. Then the first time I rode, I started to see unlimited empowerment in my confidence. When I rode a horse, I felt in control of things and I could do anything I wanted and that the sky was the limit. As weeks went by, I noticed that I was looking people in the eye and standing up straight. I started to show personality. I think that other people noticed as well and people stopped walking over me and I felt in control. A few months later, I gained the courage to take guitar lessons. I have been coming to CFTRC for almost five years now and it’s weird looking back and seeing who I was. I would highly recommend for people with a low self-esteem to come here. It’s changed me drastically over 4 years I have been here. If coming here changed me for the better, it can certainly change you.”
June 20, 2015
All the way from Montana – Iggy is the new kid on the block! Iggy has done a great job adjusting to life here and has been seen out in the fields playing with Ricky. Iggy has a special spot for young children and often walks over to greet them. We think Iggy is perfect for our farm.
Heather Clarke has seen the riding program do wonders for her 5-year-old daughter Charlotte. "Charlie" has become more verbal since she began her lessons three years ago — two of those at Compassionate Friends.
"She loves it," said Clarke, "She's starting to talk more. She started to walk from coming here. ... She loves the horses. She loves the people. Miss Sherri is awesome."
Cherry Hill, NJ
Courier Post - June 6, 2015
"Actually, it's a very soothing aspect of life...Once you get on the horse, it's very relaxing. It's very peaceful. It's a very good vibe that you get."
Mount Laurel, NJ
Courier Post - June 6, 2015
“Since starting the riding program for Jacob 2 ½ years ago, we have seen such a transformation; from shy child to confident child. We never realized the impact it would have on him. We wanted to find a hobby he could stick to. He did not enjoy sports or make friends easily. He cannot wait to ride (Cocoa) every week. He shares a special bond with this horse and says Cocoa understands him. And then, to have him enjoy a hobby that is teaching him listening skills, works on his core strength, and his focus. It is an all around win for me as a parent to give him some therapy at a place he loves to visit. I cannot say enough of the staff, horses and the happiness it brings Jacob.”
Everyone loves Cocoa! Not just because of his long flowing mane and forelock but also because he is the sweetest guy around. Cocoa loves everyone (horse or human)! Cocoa’s favorite game is follow the leader – he will follow you around without a lead rope. Cocoa will do anything for a treat and his lips are so agile they tickle you when he takes it!