Ride Beyond Diagnosis Pony Needs Help to Continue to Assist those with Special Needs

Elsa, a Haflinger pony.
Elsa, a Haflinger pony.

Elsa, a Haflinger pony who has been the “go-to-pony” for the Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast for the last 6-years, needs our community’s help. 

Like other horses of her breed, Else is known for her calm disposition and compact and sturdy size, perfect for all riders’. She has never let the special needs riders down at the SETC.

Over the past 6-years, Elsa has been the facilities “go-to-pony” during riding lessons for special needs children and adults, the Special Olympics, and their Ride Beyond Diagnosis program that works in partnership with Friends After Diagnosis to provide equine therapy to cancer survivors.

Sadly, she suffers from a lameness issue that has developed complications and will most likely need surgery, which could cost nearly $4,000.


If you can financially contribute to this beautiful, hardworking Haflinger pony’s medical expenses, please visit Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast. If you would like to send a check, please make it out to Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast and mail it to P.O. Box 651312 in Vero Beach, Fl 32965.


The Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast’s mission is to foster personal achievement through equine-assisted activities for individuals with special needs in a safe and stimulating environment.

They are a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Center Member and 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses equine-assisted activities to improve the lives of people with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities. 

SETC is located at 7065 37th Street, in Vero Beach. They can be reached by phone at (772)562-7603, email, or visit their Facebook.

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