Sharon Bryant recently established a nonprofit organization that is the only horse hospice center in Missouri.
The Albee Farm located north of St. Joseph provides superior care and vet services for abused, unwanted or terminal senior horses.
Bryant said they also run a bed and barn for people traveling through the region but need a place to stay overnight with their horse.
“Visitors can enjoy a quiet stay with a room at the farmhouse for themselves and shelter, pasture and water for their horse,” Bryant said. “We use this as a revenue stream for the horse hospice.”
They accept cash, check or credit card.
She said the program is open to anyone wanting to interact with horses.
“We really want to be a community program for schools and any child over 8 years old,” Bryant said. “This includes 4H groups, FFA chapters, senior women groups and youth groups. We want them to be able to come out and have a safe and interactive environment where they can be around horses and learn about them.”
Bryant said the farm has interactive sessions for $40 for two hours.
“We have a lot of different programs we offer from April to October,” Bryant said. “This gives kids an opportunity to experience horses without committing to owning one or the expense of buying riding gear.”
The farm has an adopt-a-horse program for $45 a month. The student can then come to the farm three times a month and visit for two hours each with their horse.
“We want the students to have fun with the horse and to build confidence,” Bryant said.
In addition, they hold youth birthday parties on the farm as a fundraiser.
The Albee Farm is located at 19671 SE State Route DD in St. Joseph. They can be contacted by phone at 816-676-2267.