Horseback Riding for a Cause

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

Carolyn Habiger rode horses for years.

“There's something about horses, that they know, they can feel, when someone's hurt or not,” she said.

She visited Brantley Farms Saturday, not just for a joy ride, but to benefit Lifesavers Inc.—a non-profit therapeutic riding program dedicated to teach children with special needs

More than 70 horseback riders trailed through Tom Brantley's 400 acres of land, many of whom volunteer with Lifesavers.

“I feel like I’m helping somebody learn to do something else,” said Susannah Spivey, a rider.

“The one thing that the Lifesavers’ children want to be is included,” said Carllee Jones, a therapeutic riding instructor.

These gentle beasts do exactly that.

“There’s some bond there between horses and humans and these kids certainly are humans that can pick up on that and they love these horses. They love these horses like a member of their family and that's how it helps them,” explained Tom Brantley, farm owner.

Habiger said this benefit combined her greatest passions: horses and giving back.

“It gives you a feeling of wow, if you can help some child, with their fears or whatever, then it's all worth it,” she said.

Brantley will team up with Lifesavers Inc. in December, for a Christmas themed trail ride. Each rider donated $20 to the organization. If you would like to participate in the next benefit trail ride, contact Tumbleweed Ranch at 334-790-5299 or visit

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