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.
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.