synonyms: refuge, haven, harbor, oasis, shelter...
Since 1999, Epona Farm has provided sanctuary, a safe and structured environment for wildlife, companion animals, humans, and since 2008, for horses as well. The Farm is a peaceful place created to provide refuge from the daily stresses that affect our lives. With the horses as guides, we help people learn about themselves, while learning to care for these amazing creatures.
"Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed." - The Breakfast Club
Each of us unique, each of us a little broken, each of us capable of greatness and goodness.
We aren't a therapeutic riding or Hippotherapy program, although our roots are there. We are a self improvement program open to all ages and abilities who are committed to their own personal growth. You aren't going to come here to be put on a horse for 30 minutes and led around, that isn't what we do at Epona Farm. We created a program to help horses, and that is what you will learn to do. Along the way you will learn so much more!
All of the horses here have come to us because of a special need. None are "perfect", which makes them absolutely priceless. Many have been rescued from abuse, others come here to recover from serious illness, or are in need of rehabilitation. Others retire here, after a lifetime of service they are given peace and safety that is so hard to find. Most are senior horses, who are so often neglected or sent to slaughter. We consider ourselves to be the last home for these gentle souls with tired bodies, a place to receive healing and care, and to be free to lay down and rest, free to run and play, free from fear and hunger or thirst. When, and if, they are ready, they join our human herd as facilitators of kindness, empathy, learning, healing and caring for children and adults of all abilities and all needs.
We bring people to horses in need, so that they can learn to care for them from the ground up. We stand back and gently guide a self-directed learning experience in an emotionally safe, positive, growth oriented environment.
Find out about Epona Farm, our mission, our methods, and the results of our advocacy to end the abuse of horses.
How to help
You can become a Friend Of The Farm, volunteer, help us network, learn to ride, learn about yourself, or have a visit.
Epona Farmwas the first in the Southern Tier to offer a comprehensive Equine Assisted Learning and Mental Health Wellness program in 2009, and continues to be one of the largest providers of these vital, life changing services. We are the creators and facilitators of HOPE on Horseback, the Willis Ashely Foley Jr. Warriors and War Horses program for Veterans, and the Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program. All of our services are sponsored through the Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies scholarship program.
Through volunteerism, agricultural, environmental and equestrian activities, people of all ages and abilities learn to respectfully care for the therapy horses, sanctuary horses, and the rescued horses as they recover from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and displacement. As they learn to care for the horses and the farm, they also improve their health, wellness, build self-esteem, and learn vital life skills.
Epona Farm offers its services by appointment May through November each year.