Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs

by Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida
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Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Equine Therapy for 20 Children with Special Needs
Hope steers her horse through an obstacle course.
Hope steers her horse through an obstacle course.

Dear Friend,

Your generosity has helped provide scholarships for 36 children and adults with special needs who are just about to begin 10-weeks of lessons in our Therapeutic Riding or Unmounted Horsemanship programs.

For 40 years, our barn has been a refuge for individuals of all ages and abilities. Beginning this week, we welcome back 75 children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities for the 10-week Spring session who will be partnering with our 10 specially trained horses to enjoy the benefits of equine-assisted services.  

I want to share with you one story of how your generosity is helping an individual with special needs here at Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida.

Hope is 14 years old has been riding with her twin sister in the Therapeutic Riding program for 7 years. Hope has Cerebral Palsy with hemiplegia to the right side of her body, affecting her muscle control, fine and gross motor skills, and stamina. Since Hope has been riding, she has improved greatly in her ability to maintain her position in the saddle and in her ability to effectively direct her horse. She now rides mostly unassisted in her lessons, balancing in and out of the saddle for two-point and trotting exercise. With adaptive reins, she demonstrates more advanced steering techniques and riding patterns.

We thank you for your support of individuals like Hope. You have helped to pave the Path to Independence for her and others. We ask humbly you to consider making another gift as we come to the close of the year that will help our participants experience life without limits throughout the coming year.

With deep appreciation,

David Plath

Faith and Hope with awards at Special Olympics.
Faith and Hope with awards at Special Olympics.

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Danny M on Max
Danny M on Max

Dear Friend,

Your generosity has helped provide scholarships for 49 children and adults with special needs, so that they may participate in our therapeutic riding program and other equine assisted services.

Our barn is a welcoming place for individuals of all ages and abilities. Cassidy paints the perfect picture when she says, “the barn is my happy place.” Our 10-week Winter session is in its third week with 65 children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities enjoying the benefits of equine-assisted services.  

I want to share with you one story of how your generosity is helping an individual with special needs here at Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida.

Danny is a 20-year-old man with Autism Spectrum Disorder who has been riding with EATSF for 6 years. Danny has communication challenges in social situations yet recently progressed to a semi-independent riding class. He rides his horse unassisted for much of the class and now asks to work with fellow classmates to prepare the arena for the day’s lesson. Now, he leads his teammates during team exercises using sign language. He works in the arena with teammates to keep their horses in sync as they progress through the course. Danny is now able to express to his instructor how his horse performs during the exercises and what he did, as a rider, in response. Danny recognizes this personal milestone and leaves the arena so proud!

We thank you for your support of individuals like Danny. You have helped to pave the Path to Independence for someone in need and have made a difference in their life. We ask you to consider making another gift as we come to the close of the year that will help our participants experience life without limits throughout the coming year.

With deep appreciation,

David

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Dear Friend,

Your generosity has helped provide scholarships for children and adults with special needs, so that they may participate in our therapeutic riding program and other equine assisted services.

Visiting the barn can provide a sense of belonging for individuals of all ages and abilities. An adult participant stated that her lesson and visit with her volunteer team is the highlight of her week. A father admits, “watching my son successfully work with such a beautiful horse is breathtaking.” Your gift helps EATSF keep these meaningful, life-changing services affordable and accessible. With our 10-week Fall session just beginning, 49 children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities will depend on a financial hardship scholarship to take part in the program.

While our participants build bonds with our horses and volunteers – family members and guardians experience a moment of respite during a lesson. Typical interventions for a person with a disability involves meeting in a clinic or hospital. EATSF challenges the status quo by removing the office and bringing participants outdoors and partnering with horses and volunteers. It is this synergy that goes a long way toward meeting individual goals where participants improve their balance and coordination, gain strength, build self-confidence, and develop their communication and social skills.

We thank you for your support of our mission and I invite you to come out and see our mission in action when you are in our neighborhood. It would be our pleasure to show you around our campus and share with you our latest achievements.

Thank you again for helping to pave the Path to Independence, and we ask you to consider making another gift that will help our participants live life without limits throughout the coming year.

With deep appreciation,

David Plath

Development Director

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Dear Friend,

You have had a profound impact on the life of a child with special needs. In less than a year, $10,192 has been raised through GlobalGiving to support scholarships for individuals participating in mounted or unmounted programs through June 2021. Your donation to the Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida (EATSF) Scholarship Fund helped provide scholarships for an entire year for 7 individuals with special needs. Those awarded will have received 30 weeks of lessons as part of the Therapeutic Riding or Unmounted Learning programs by the end of June.

We cannot express how much your support means to families struggling to provide the best care possible for their loved ones. I want to introduce you to one of the riders you have helped.

Hope is 13 years old and has been riding with her twin sister Faith at EATSF for 6 years. Hope has Cerebral Palsy with hemiplegia to the right side of her body, affecting her muscle control, fine and gross motor skills, and stamina. Since Hope has been riding, she has improved greatly in her ability to maintain her position in the saddle and in her ability to effectively direct her horse. 

She now rides mostly unassisted in her lessons, balancing in and out of the saddle for two-point and trotting exercise. With adaptive reins provided by the facility, she can now demonstrate more advanced steering techniques and riding patterns.

Hope loves competing in the Special Olympics and has earned first and second place ribbons while representing Broward County, qualifying her to advance to the State Games.

Children like Hope continue to need your help to bring the magic of the horse into their lives. Our pool of scholarship funds will need to be replenished before August. In 2020-2021, more than  

We are deeply appreciative of your past support and ask you to please consider supporting our scholarship fund to again make a difference in the life of a child with special needs. Whether you make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation you can be certain that you made an impact.

Thank you again for helping to pave the Path to Independence.

With deep appreciation,

David Plath

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This week marks the beginning of our 10-week Winter session. We continue to follow all COVID-19 protocolls and precautions to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff. Due to the continued rise in cases here in South Florida, our mounted program continues with those participants that can mount themselves without assistance. Others may a family member that has been trained assist them during class, or they will take part in our unmounted Equine-Facilitated Learning program.

This year, 43 of our participants requested financial assistance through the Scholarship program. Your donation to the Scholarship Fund through GlobalGiving has allowed us to offer 7 individuals with special needs scholarships for the entire year. Those awarded will each receive 30 weeks of lessons as part of the Therapeutic Riding or Equine-Facilitated Learning programs.

We are deeply appreciative of your gift that brings the magic of the horse into the lives of children and adults with special needs. To continue your giving, please consider signing up for a recurring donation. Even $10 a month can make a difference in the life of a child with special needs.

If you would like to receive our monthly e-newsletter, please email david@equineatsf.org.

Thank you,

David Plath, Development Director 

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Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida

Location: Boca Raton, FL - USA
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David Plath
Boca Raton, FL United States
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