The HORSES + SPECIAL KIDS= SUCCESS program is critical to those receiving services at Equest Center for Therapeutic
Riding. Many of our families are experiencing unemployment, loss of insurance benefits and rising health costs which can deeply impact all aspects of treatment. Families with special needs children have many extra medical bills and extra costs for special equipment to care for them. Equest charges $ 20.00 per lesson but the actual cost is approximately $ 62.18. Many of our riders are unable to pay anything at all and need FULL scholarchips. All of our riders benefit whether directly with full scholarship money or indirectly by the grants and donations that allow the lesson charge to remain at $20.00.
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Therapeutic Riding is widely recognized as an effective rehabilitation tool in the treatment of children and adults experiencing a wide range of physical, cognitive, developmental, and social/ emotional disabilities, many of whom– despite their young age– have spent what seems to be a lifetime in traditional therapy sessions. To see their faces light up with happiness as they sit up on their horse and bury their hands, arms and sometimes even faces into their furry friend is truly a sight to behold. In this setting, activities that would typically be called work are easily disguised as fun!
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding serves 185+ riders with physical, mental and social/emotional challenges, ages 2- 100 with a list of 70+ individuals waiting to participate in programming. Equest is the only program in our area that offers a YEAR ROUND therapeutic riding program. This is a critical piece for many individuals with disabilities. This helps to prevent regression and foster greater physical, mental, emotional and social improvement and benefits experienced due to a consistent riding therapy schedule throughout the year. Our program is also one of only two programs in the state that owns its own farm, complete with an outdoor riding arena, heated indoor arena, barn, classroom and rest room and our specially designed, one of a kind, mile long, Saddle Safari Sensory Riding trail. Equest serves many individuals in areas such as job training and vocational skills from area schools & group homes, equine facilitated mental health program, and nationally recognized music therapy on horseback program which combines the therapeutic riding program in the arena with music therapy. Our Carriage Driving program for those with special needs will begin in 2018!
Vital to our program is our dedicated crew of volunteers who donated over 52,600 hours of service in 2015 alone.