Provide Equine Therapies For 100 Children In Need

by The Center for Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.


Borrowed Freedom provides Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy to children and adults with special needs. All services are offered at no charge to the participant, allowing us to bring this life changing program to those with demonstrated need. The addition of a second Equicizer and completion of our therapy room will allow us to serve an additional 100 clients per year, and to give our volunteer therapists a private, healing environment that compliments our outdoor programming

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Typically, Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding are not covered under insurance. This leaves families with the burden of the costs to participate. At $300-500 per 10 week session, these costs can be beyond reach of the average family. We provide all services at no charge. However, with the costs associated with the care of the horses reaching $2000 or more per horse, our budget is strained. This means children and adults in need are not able to benefit from this life changing program.


Programs like ours are costly to provide due of the high cost of care and feeding for the horses. The addition of an Equicizer will allow us to offer services to more than 100 individuals with special needs each year, and save more than $2500 per year in horse related expenses. We are also weather dependent, and the Equicizer and therapy room will allow us to continues to offer mounted therapy and exercise regardless of weather related issues.

Long-Term Impact

Equine Therapy and its benefits are well documented. It is a proven method of increasing the physical, mental, emotional and developmental capabilities for individuals with disabilities, functional limitation or medical issues. If our project is brought to fruition, we will be able to change and improve the lives of more than 125 individuals each year, at no charge, effectively serving more than 625 people over 5 years and saving the organization nearly $40,000 in horse related costs.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


The Borrowed Freedom Website
The Borrowed Freedom Facebook Page
The Horses and Humans Foundation
Learn more about the Equicizer (PDF document)

Organization Information

The Center for Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.

Location: Maine, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
The Center for Equine Assisted Wellness, Inc.
Colleen Cheechalk
Project Leader:
Colleen Cheechalk
Program Director
Vestal, New York United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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