Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs FOR CHILDREN
EQUESTRIAN CENTER, LLC
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SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM RECREATIONAL
PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING!!!!
Now taking applicants for the
SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM Fall of 2013 school classes.
EMAIL ME WITH YOUR INTEREST.
IF WISHES WERE HORSES, INC is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!!!
Please consider volunteering your time so we can add more programs for the kids!
I saw a child who
I saw a child who could
John Anthony Davis
RECENT "HORSE AIDED" MIRACLES.
A rider's first time on the horse. They are Autistic and haven't spoken in two months, child starts talking while riding the horse.
One of the most amazing things I have witnessed: A rider in their 20's has had a stroke, 3 years ago doctors told the family they would never walk, talk or function but could be rotated regularly to prevent bed sores; that was the extent of their quality of life. Now, three years after the stroke with the help of learning to ride a horse, through simply riding once weekly, this rider is slowly regaining their life back and is able to walk, talk and participate in life.
Summer - one of our Exceptional Equestrians
"There's something about the outside of a horse that does
something to the inside of a man." Winston Churchill
To bridge over into other areas of the children’s lives, such as improvement in school and other meaningful activities and therapies.
To foster respectful relationships with animals, peers, and volunteers.
To improve physical and mental function, through a variety of exercises on horseback.
Grant - one of our Exceptional Equestrians
WHY THERAPEUTIC RIDING ?
WHAT NARHA HAS TO SAY ABOUT THERAPEUTIC RIDING
The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as are the types of disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The sense of independence found on horseback benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Excerpts from NARHA - North American Riders Handicap Association website
To learn more about NARHA visit their website http://www.narha.org
WHAT KIND OF DISABILITIES AND CONDITIONS ARE HELPED BY THERAPEUTIC RIDING?
riding offers an alternative and unique form of therapy for a wide number of
individuals with special needs.
Below are some of the conditions and special needs that benefit from therapeutic riding.
riding helps with more issues than you think. The major categories are
Mental, Developmental, Cognitive, Neurological, Physical, and Emotional Disabilities.
ADA definition of a disability: Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.
THERE ARE TWO
2. SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM
Some disabilities need
small group or one-on-one instruction.
Disability does not discriminate! An average of 1 in 5 Americans has a disability of some sort. An estimated 24 million people - half of all individuals with disabilities – have a severe disability. Here at Fleet Equestrian Center, our Therapeutic Riding program "IF WISHES WERE HORSES" strives to reach those in need. This is a child based program the age of acceptance varies according to each riders conditions and needs.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO RUN A THERAPEUTIC EQUINE
This information is meant to demonstrate the cost of keeping horses, this is not information on leasing horses out to any participants.
Horse Care - Monthly - $1675 per month -depending on the horse- includes -Horse and Stall Rental/Board
- daily care: hay, feed, bedding, health supplements
- preventative care: worming, inoculations, dental care, joint injections, chiropractic
- farrier care
Horse medical emergency fund - ANY AMOUNT - this
is a very important category, without the horses we can't provide therapeutic
Indoor arena fund - ext. cost $200,000. - arena
will provide shelter for our riders during inclement weather, including extreme
cold, hot, and windy weather. Cost of indoor arena, grading, road, parking
lot, and other safety features. Grants and fundraising will occur for this
category in the future. INDOOR ARENA FUND
General Donations - In any amount or of any kind (aka - horses, items off of wish list, equipment, etc.) - all donations are tax deductible. Donations will be applied to program continuance. Donations of funds, horses, equipment, services and time are needed and are always greatly appreciated.
Horse Donations - What we are looking for ideally. Sound, healthy, middle aged (younger if exceptional horse), preferably a ring trained/show experienced horse that does not mind the arena and willing to work, with no bad tricks, calm and steady.
No lame horses! (Lame horses interfere with the
purpose of therapeutic riding, which is to simulate the human gait - also horses
must be sound to perform all gaits)
We are not looking for any horses at this time.
We are an official 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation!
****We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. FEC, LLC