Hope steers her horse through an obstacle course.
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,
Faith and Hope with awards at Special Olympics.