Mar 22, 2021

Thank You!!!

First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You!” Thanks to you and GlobalGiving we are not only surviving this Covid Pandemic, but able to expand! With a new program focusing on building resiliency and addressing mental health concerns in our clients, we are addressing real-life needs in our community. The exciting role that equine assisted therapies and interventions has played in ameliorating the effects this pandemic has wrought on our community has brought new interest in BITS ETC as a force for good. I am proud to announce my acceptance of the position of Executive Director, and expect to lead us forward to the new reality that will be the world post Covid. I have worked these past seven months to learn the history, values, and mission of this great non-profit. I am inspired by the good work that has been accomplished these past seventeen years.

The mission remains the same: providing therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to people ages two to ninety-two here in central New Hampshire. And now I am prepared to build on past success by bringing three new board members with expertise in finances, the law, and fundraising, to ensure continued success in furthering our mission. Now, more than ever, we are poised to support more clients with disabilities, but we need your continued support to do so. Our program for Veterans needs horses large enough to carry our heroes in their search for healing, and a draft sized horse is a significant investment in money and time. We hope to expand other offerings this spring but need to develop our equine herd to support all our riders. The chicken and the egg comes to mind: Which comes first, our expansion of services or our expansion of the herd to provide those services? Your donation now will help us invest in the horses who do the work, day to day. Please consider a gift of any size to support our efforts to connect people with the horses they need in their lives right now! They have never been more important to the welfare of our clients. Together we grow! Thank you.
Mar 18, 2021

Thank You!!!

Thank you all so much for your generous support! Because of you we have been able to help our clients receive 93 therapeutic riding lessons this past month alone! You are helping to change the life of a child with every dollar that you donate!

Because of COVID we have created a new program, Soar: Uplifting Youth through Equine Therapy & Community, to support our youth struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. You have made this possible! 

COVID is hitting our teenagers hard. They need to have social interactions often with their peers to feel connected. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation was already a pandemic with our youth before COVID hit. Now a lot of children who have never experienced depression or anxiety are feeling isolated and deeply depressed. It is my goal as the Executive Director of BITS to help alleviate some of our teenagers suffering during this pandemic. We started a new program for groups of teenagers struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health challenges. We will create a supportive community for them while providing them with therapies that can help them to learn about themselves and learn new coping skills to help them not only survive but thrive in their new world that we are currently experiencing. 

This program will be funded through grants and fundraising efforts. We want each group of teens to be offered eight weeks of free programming. We can only do that with support from people like you!

Thank you all so much for your generous support! We are only able to offer these wonderful programs because of you!  

Nov 4, 2020

Riding in the Time of Covid

Entrance to BITS ETC
Entrance to BITS ETC

Hello,

 

In response to the NY Times request for stories of how people are responding to the pandemic, the following update was sent:

 

We survived the closing of operations in April and May with a State of NH PPP loan and generous donations from the public.  This kept ten horses fed and cared for and allowed us time to rewrite how therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities can safely continue during a pandemic.

In June we opened with strict mask requirements, social distancing (one horse’s length, or two pony’s length apart), a  newly installed hand washing and sanitizing station at the barn entrance, training of all volunteers and staff, temperature checks for all clients, and at first accepting only independent riders.

After intensive training of volunteers, July saw the return of riders needing minimal support ( a horse leader who was able to maintain the six feet minimum distance.) And August brought family members we trained to assist younger riders, to act as their side walkers during lessons.

Today we have a wait list, and more riders than ever.  I'm advertising for another instructor to handle this demand.  We have also expanded our free program of four weeks of horse interventions for first responders----Fire, Police, EMT’s, and veterans to include Nurses and Doctors exhausted from fighting Covid 19.  In this way we hope to give back to those who have, and continue to give so much.

It is a bitter-sweet time in my life, as I retire from my position as founding Executive Director after 17 years.   I leave secure in the knowledge that the healing power of horses will continue at Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center during and after the pandemic,  when we need it the most!

If this message resounds with you, please stay tuned for our appeal on Giving Tuesday, December 1st.  You can join me in supporting our mission of bringing quality time with a horse to those who most need it today and tomorrow.

StepUP program for Veterans and First Responsers
StepUP program for Veterans and First Responsers
Assisted Rider during Covid 19
Assisted Rider during Covid 19
Masked Rider in the time of Covid
Masked Rider in the time of Covid
Happy Trails we will prevail!
Happy Trails we will prevail!

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