Two baby girl horses were born at the ranch and are now part of our organization. We are beginning a long journey of gentle care and regular training for the two ladies. With the help of our supporters one day they will bring joy and help children with disabilities to improve their physical and mental health.
In the meantime the summer program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities went very fast. Our students showed great improvement in their skills, some of them even took the reins of the horse themselves. That is a major breakthrough on their path to independence as they grow into adulthood. Their parents cherish the benefits of the therapy. The fact the therapy is free releases them from the financial burden they carry.
Our organization continued working on the expanding the outreach of equine-assisted therapy. We organized the first training with 5 partner European organizations aimed to develop innovative environmentally sustainable outdoor activities for young women. We became one of the founding members of the European Youth Outdoor Network dedicated to connecting the youth with nature and outdoor activities. The event and the Network are part of the project Youth Going Back to Nature – Engage, Connect, Empower. Our team participated in training in Brussels, Belgium for ways of building skills through therapy animals under the BUSTA project. We are also excited to participate in a new venture to promote social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in rural areas through the use of outdoor experiences in alternative augmented communication. These projects are supported by the Erasmus+ Program.
We are looking forward to continuing our work and providing free therapeutic riding together with our supporters! This Holiday season we will try ensure the Program continues without interruption in 2024.
Our horse family is about to grow with two baby horses! They are expected any day now. One of the mothers is an experienced therapy horse. She is great for children in our Program Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities who are restless and have difficulty to calm down. Her gentle walk and easy nature helps the children overcome their anxiety. The other mother-to-be is a horse in training for therapy that children now love to brush and be around. All children are looking forward to meeting the newborns. With a lot of dedication of our team they will grow up to be excellent therapists.
In the meantime we are expanding our outreach to children and young people in risk and young women in addition to those with disabilities. To gain knowledge and expertise we created the international project Youth Going Back to Nature – Engage, Connect, Empower, supported by the Erasmus+ Program. In partnership with organizations from 5 other countries we will be developing and spreading innovative environmentally sustainable outdoor activities to help the young people improve.
It is exciting and busy time for us. We wouldn’t be able to continue without the help of our supporters. Thank you!
Winter is almost over and we are all looking forward to starting the new season of our Program for Free Therapeutic Riding. Thanks to our supporters we continue the Program for the 5th year! We continue working on the establishing the center where we will be able to expand the Program with more children and activities.
This year we will be welcoming a new child in our group of beneficiaries. He is very enthusiastic and curious about animals. He loves going in the pasture and walking between the horses. He is still a little afraid to go on the horse but we will go through that together.
Situations like his are common and we are glad to share our professional experience. We do it by connecting to other professionals not only in the field of equine-assisted therapy but beyond within the project ‘’Youth in Equine-Assisted Therapy’’. With our international partners of the project we created the YEAT Guidelines which can be found here. In the Guidelines people with disabilities, youth workers, and other professionals can find useful information and case studies about equine-assisted therapy. The initiative is one of our ways to ensure we provide high quality services with care for the children with disabilities, their parents, and the therapy horses we look after.
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