Horses for Healing
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Description
Our mission at Horses for Healing is to provide horses as therapy for children and adults to help facilitate growth, learning, and healing.

Horses for Healing is dedicated to enhancing the physical and spiritual well-being of special needs individuals and their loved ones through involvement with horses.

The purpose of our program is to provide therapeutic horseback riding experiences that enhance social and emotional functioning, as well as motor skills for children and adults living with physical, cognitive and psychological disabilities.
Budget
$50,000
Program Successes
Our program was founded in 1997 and is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Accredited Center with 2 PATH International Certified Instructors.

We currently have 17 riders and have served over 300 special needs clients since our beginning.

Many of our clients have been riding for years. Meyer has been in our program for the past 17 years, beginning at the age of 6. Meyer depends on a wheelchair for mobility and according to his mom, the greatest benefit has been increased core and trunk strength, as well as stretching and flexibility.

Sedona has been riding for over 6 years. When she started, at age four, she was not walking independently. She began to walk independently at age five, and her Mom noticed that after Sedona got off her horse, her gait became much more fluid and natural for an hour or so. Over the course of 6 years, Sedona has gained core body strength and improved her balance and coordination.

Our Program Director, Marcy Schaffer-Egot, is a California Credentialed Special Ed teacher. She taught for 10 years in both the Twin Rivers Elementary and Roseville High School districts.

Our facility features a covered riding arena and wheel chair ramp.