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Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children

by Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria
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Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children
Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children
Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children
A game of basketball in a riding session
A game of basketball in a riding session

The long cold winter is finally over and our team is ready to welcome the children with special needs in our 3rd Program for Free Therapeutic Riding.

Thank you all for being with us! Your support makes a difference for the lives of the disabled children and their families!

We received many applications from families with children with disabilities. Unfortunately, we had to reject some of them due to the limited size of the individual therapeutic sessions we can manage within the Program. Hopefully, with the development of the Program and the establishment of the therapeutic riding centre we will be able to have more instructors certified. That will allow us to reach even more children in need.

The 3rd Program for Free Therapeutic Riding was scheduled to begin on 1st of April. However, due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and the restrictions in Bulgaria we had to postpone it. Protecting the health and well-being of the children is our priority. They will begin attending their therapeutic sessions only after the situation allows it and it is safe to travel and be in contact with others.

The delay of the Program and the isolation due to the pandemic has devastating effect on the health of children with disabilities. Parents shared that many of the children become nervous, have panic attacks and show aggression. They will be in need of intensive recovery care in order to return to their normal routine. We have modified the Program and we are ready to help them get better. Join us in supporting their rehabilitation in the upcoming months!

Stay healthy and safe!


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Our children decorated the Christmas tree!
Our children decorated the Christmas tree!

The last months were full of emotions and holiday spirit. Thanks to your generous contributions and support most of the children with disabilities continued their free visits. Besides the low temperatures our caring horses welcomed them with warm hearts and loving attitude. When we build our new therapeutic center the weather will not be in our way anymore.

The last visit before the holidays was by our very first and most enthusiastic student – Goghy. Goghy suffers from epilepsy and developmental delay. He comes always excited and ready to ride his horse friend Andy. Coming regularly to therapeutic riding sessions Goghy is now well balanced on the back of Andy. That allows him to have his lessons circling around the ranch among the beautiful mountain hills.


In 2020 the Program for free therapeutic riding will be more accessible for other kids like Goghy through our brand new website: . The team of the organization worked very hard to create the website and include as much as information as possible. Of course, everyone can still follow us on facebook and instagram.

The team of the organization, Goghy and all of our children wish you, your families and friends health and wellbeing. Let the year 2020 be bright and cheerful! This year we will rely even more on goodhearted fellows like you to supports us continue the Program for free therapeutic riding sessions and build a sustainable therapeutic riding center.


The horses are getting ready for the winter
The horses are getting ready for the winter


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We are still moving forward with the help of your support. We are proud to announce that we are preparing to open the application procedure for the next 3rd Free Program for Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities. 

Due to a number of circumstances we had to undertake the previous Program only relying on your support from fellows around the world and our personal contribution. What is important is that the children and their families are still coming to the ranch and enjoy the benefits of the rehabilitation.

We cant wait together with the children to start the next riding programme. 


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PQHFB License
PQHFB License

Our common efforts finally have been rewarded. Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria recently became the first organization with a license for this social service in Bulgaria. The license includes therapy with animals and therapeutic riding for children and young people with disabilities. Thanks to the qualifications of the instructors and the programs the foundation organizes the state authorities considered that the social service we provide deserves to be awarded. This is a great recognition of our efforts to provide free equine-assisted therapy in Bulgaria. It is also one step further towards regulating this type of rehabilitation in the country.

We successfully opened the next 3 month Program for another seven children with special needs. They will be attending weekly therapeutic riding sessions for free at our facilities. We are still pursuing our ultimate goal to build a Horse Therapy Centre where children with disabilities and their families will be able to come for free, receive regular therapy and retreat.

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We are glad to share that the certification of our two instructors for therapeutic riding – Mina and Veronika is successfully moving forward with your support!

After all examinations have been passed by the instructors they are at the final stage of the certification procedure. Their task will be to demonstrate their riding skills and therapeutic riding experience. That shall be videotaped and send for evaluation to the Committee of the Professional Association for Therapeutic Riding in accordance with the standards of PATH Intr. .

Meanwhile, with the help of you and all other friends of the organization we were able to successfully complete our first 3 month program for therapeutic riding for children with disabilities. As our community and supporters are growing it will be possible to start another program in the beginning of May 2019. We are opening the second program for another 7 children with special needs who will attend weekly therapeutic sessions for free at our facilities.

Unfortunately, the children and their parents are still only coming for a few hours. PQHFB is working hard to offer suitable environment for them. For that we are regularly adapting our facilities. But the ultimate goal remains to have a professional therapeutic riding arena and space where the families could stay longer. Build a Horse Therapy Center for Disabled Children

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Project Leader:
Mina Raduncheva
Sofia, Bulgaria
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