Oct 24, 2017

Carmel Stops!

Carmel
Carmel

We received a new submission to our "Contact Form" on our website:

 

"Hello,  My daughter Carmel H is 7 years old experiences autism, some low muscle tone.  She used to do hippotherapy when she was 3 and 4 years old, and enjoyed it very much.  I am wondering if you have any availability in June for her to try it again?  We live in Concord, NH and are very close by.  Carmel has some funding from her area agency and we wanted to have her use horses to improve her core strength and possibly her fine motor strength.  Thank you.  NV

We are committed to serving children on the spectrum, free of charge. Most riders do not have alternative funding as Carmel had.  Her mom was able to gather the needed MD clearance, and other paperwork, and she bagan riding in June.  In August, I received the following email from  her mom:

"We also wanted you to know how much we appreciate everything Melissa, Kathy and the volunteers do.  An amazing job!  Carmel has learned what Stop means!  I know this may seem like a small issue, but it's important for us especially when she is trying to run away and we yell at her to stop.  She used the hand sign for 'halt' and said "sto" which she learned while riding Gideon, (her pony), and understands it means to stop."

 

Sometimes the horses are wiser than we are, and teach lessons far more important than the ones we set for them:  improving core strength, and fine motor skills.  Carmel will be safer this fall because her horse was able to demonstrate the meaning of "stop".  I hope you all will take a moment to stop, and consider another donation to support our riders with autism.  Carmel is fortunate to have funds to cover this summer's lessons, but many of our riders depend on the generosity of Global Giving Members to help them traverse the bumpy trails they negotiate on the Spectrum.

 

Thanks to  you we will be able to keep our committment of allowing all riders on the Sopectrum to spend quality time with our therapy herd, free of charge to the client!

Kathy adjusting the stirrup
Kathy adjusting the stirrup
Reach and stretch out to start your lesson
Reach and stretch out to start your lesson
Her leader and sidewalker keep things safe
Her leader and sidewalker keep things safe
It takes a village of supports
It takes a village of supports
to teach Carmel to STOP!
to teach Carmel to STOP!

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Jul 26, 2017

Summer Horse Show

Bodhi riding Gideon
Bodhi riding Gideon

Hello, and a big shout-out to all our Donors:

I wish you could have been at the annual Horse Show to see the culmination of a year of hard work.  Our youngest student (having begun at the age of 18 months) made incredible progress and now guides his horse around the obstacles in the arena.  

Another who had been riding with us for 7 years, graduated to riding at an advanced level barn with a well known instructor.  She is working on Olympic medals for her future.

Children come through the program gaining confidence, strength, and maturity, and along with all of us, grow older.  What a priveledge it is to see the changes, and the wonderful balance horses bring to all our lives.

This past year we've served over 50 riders with 70% receiving scholarships because of your generousity. 

You made it HAPPEN!  

Our vocational education program is gearing up for the beginning of a new school year.  Students at risk who live on the spectrum, will be returning to hone their working skills....fence repair, stable management, and field and forest development  all take a turn in the curriculum of teaching how to care for our herd through the four seasons of the year.

With your continued support we can continue to offer quality programs to our clients on the spectrum, and a comfortable and safe home for our therapy herd.

 

Thank You!

Bryn riding Brandy
Bryn riding Brandy
Madison on Stormy
Madison on Stormy
Annika with Brandy
Annika with Brandy

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Apr 27, 2017

The END nears for Autism Awareness Month

Speaking "HORSE"
Speaking "HORSE"

Over the past three months BITS ETC has experienced a significant shortage of staff and volunteers to fulfill all rquirements of the Global Giving contract.  Illness accidents and loss of staff has seriously affected our ability to file reports in a timely manner.The coinciding of Autism Awareness Month made these shortages especially vexing.  Our service delivery, however, was not affected. Indeed, funds raised on the Global Giving website have been applied as they come in, to keep our riders "back in the saddle."

Three days left in the month, and we are pulling hard to complete all necessary paperwork to keep our appeal going strong.  Only with your help can we recover from these set-backs and get our fundraising back on track to make our goal of $30,000,00 for autism scholarships this year.

Please enjoy Chris's story, and share the news of the good work done at BITS ETC with your friends. Your $30.00 donation (ten dollars a day for each of the three days remaining in April) will go a long way in supporting our clients with Autism. 

Christopher S. enjoys his time here at BITS (thanks to you, at no charge to his family,) in a program that teaches life and job skills. Through all four seasons of NH, he comes for two hours, once a week to help us care and work with the herd. This will aid in his eventual transition from high school to life after graduation.

Horses have many lessons to teach, including patience perseverance, and practicality.  You can help Chris succeed with a donation to BITS Autism Scholarship fund.

Pasture management
Pasture management
gaining confidence
gaining confidence
A horse for all Seasons
A horse for all Seasons

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