Sonshine Equine is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) center. We rely on your support and contributions. Your support will enable us to sponsor riders and meet our centers goals.
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Our Mission is to encourage and empower participants using horses to develop present-time awareness, conflict resolution, patience and self-identity.
We designed a program that uses horsemanship skills, Equine Assisted Learning and riding.
Builds assertiveness/problem solving, develops empathy/compassion, Increases emotional awareness, understanding and stability, Enables people to pick up social cues, teaches tolerance and patience, Encourages self-regard/self-respect, demands muscle flexibility and strength, Improves fine and gross motor skills including balance and endurance, Reduces stress/anxiety, Body awareness, Coordination
Animals create special relationships with humans and this is especially true with horses. The nonverbal communication between a human and horse strengthens the emotional bond that is shared. Therefore, words aren’t needed for human and horse to be perfectly in tune with each others emotions and the relationship between them creates love and understanding that is often indescribable.
Our volunteers would like to suggest a few things to make the horses happier.
Run in Shed 12x24
Automatic watering systems
Wood for pasture and pavilion
Sand and dirt for pavilion and road maintance
Gift cards Southern States in Milford
If you are interested is scheduling a lesson please call and schedule a meet and greet. This allows your family an opportunity to tour our center, meet the horses and our wonderful volunteers. Sonshine offers a unique program providing Equine Assisted Activities, Horsemanship training as well as riding. All lessons are schedule by appointment and are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
We teach our riders foundational horsemanship that include caring for the horses, ground work, grooming and saddling.
We do welcome groups and home school families where they will get hands on education about horses.
Sonshine has a community service program for individuals to receive hours for school. Community service is a wonderful way to teach our children about volunteering and giving back to the community.
Volunteer at the center or behind the scenes
Sponsor a rider for the 2024 season
Sponsor a horse for a month
Become a partner and make a monthly donation
Purchase gift cards to Southern States for feed
Mr. and Mrs. Kliegman
Mr and Mrs. Caudell
Mr. and Mrs. Stevens
Mr. and Mrs Wilgus
Mr. and Mrs Givens
Mr and Mrs Smith
Contractors for a Cause teamed up with Sussex Technical High School for collaborating to build our new mounting station. We are so grateful for the community support. We love collaborating with the schools and businesses.
Sonshine Equine is partnering with Warrior Community Connect to assist the local wounded veterans and their families. Warrior Community Connect is a non profit 501 (3)(c) serving the local area.
Post time segment with Heather Vitale about Artie the retired standardbred. This gentle giant loves his new job at Sonshine Equine. Click on the link and enjoy the show. October 10, 2021
Thank you to WBOC Delmarva Life for the segment on Sonshine Equine. Wilma and Pebbles enjoyed the attention from Vincent and Liam.
The mission of Sonshine Equine is to enhance the development and quality of life for children and adults with everyday challenges. We focus on providing skill based instruction in a safe, nurturing and loving environment.
"Horses mend hearts and souls.
Jan Baldt and Dr. Christopher Baldt are the founders of Sonshine Equine. They are both Delaware natives. Jan has been working with horses and people for over 23 years. She recently received a certification from The Shepherds Academy in Biblically Based Equine Assisted Learning.
Dr. Baldt is a human, horse and dog Chiropractor in Millsboro.
Come meet our miniature donkeys at Sonshine Equine...Wilma and Pebbles. Wilma is the mother of Pebbles . Some days Pebbles thinks she is the boss! They love horse corrots and getting groomed. They will put a huge smile on your face and give you tons of love.