||Donation helps Palmer Home's horseback riding program
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) — A donation from Red Hills Mine put $4,500 and 184 bales of hay in the hands of Palmer Home officials for the organization's horseback riding program.
Palmer Home for Children in Columbus currently has 12 horses and 23 students in its horseback riding program.
The $4,500 will go toward purchasing a 4-horse trailer to help students in the program attend equestrian activities off campus.
“The children that ride here at Palmer Home form friendships with the horses that don’t happen outside the stable,” says Pam Cunningham, riding instructor at Palmer Home. “Each child that rides is responsible for the care and feeding of one special horse. This gives them a sense a responsibility they wouldn’t experience otherwise.”
Red Hills Mine, owned by the Mississippi Lignite Mining Company, says it decided to give its hay to charities this year instead of selling it. The Palmer Home was one of four different groups to receive a donation.