Send a Disabled Child to Horse Therapy for a Year

by Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria
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Send a Disabled Child to Horse Therapy for a Year
Send a Disabled Child to Horse Therapy for a Year
Send a Disabled Child to Horse Therapy for a Year
Demonstration of therapy session by the Belgium
Demonstration of therapy session by the Belgium

The bad economic situation in Bulgaria has affected our everyday work and has increased the cost of every therapy session. Thanks to our donors the children in our Program continue improving by having their free individual therapy sessions.  

In our struggle to keep providing high quality free therapeutic riding for children with disabilities we have created the project ‘’Youth in Equine-Assisted Therapy’’, supported by the European Union. In May 2022 we were honored to host international events with specialists in equine-assisted therapy practices, young people with special needs and their caretakers, youth workers, and our partners. They came to exchange good practices from France, Belgium, and Bulgaria. We spent 5 days in getting to know each other and building up our professional knowledge and skills.

The project is only part of our effort to ensure therapeutic riding within our organization is up-to-date and includes the latest novelty in the field which continues to develop rapidly. We believe that is the path towards successful establishment of our Center.

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2022 gave a start to a long planned project for our organization – Youth in Equine-Assisted Therapy/YEAT/.

The project aims to gather organizations from different sectors and embark upon together a journey to better the quality of the work, activities and practices of the entities in the field of YEAT across the partner countries – Bulgaria, France, Belgium, the European Union and internationally. The project will advance the capacity of the participating organizations, build bridges between different sectors, address common needs and priorities in YEAT, create and spread innovative approaches in YEAT, serve children and young people with disabilities.

The first meeting of the partnering organizations already took place and the team is already working hard on collecting good practices of equine-assisted therapy from Belgium, France, and Bulgaria.

We are excited to build up our expertise in equine-assisted therapy and apply it in our Program ‘’Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities’’.

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This winter we have one goal - to ensure that the children with disabilities continue their regular equine-assisted therapy. Our campaign ‘’Christmas Gift – Therapy for a Disabled Child’’ aims to gather funding for the Spring 2022 Program for free therapeutic riding. Find updates and lots of bonuses by joining the facebook event here: facebook event

During this past summer season, the children with disabilities in our program had new experiences. Through the project ‘’Young Volunteers and Horses Make a Change for Children with Disabilities’’ our team was able to introduce the children to other cultures. Young Europeans dedicated their time and energy to help the children improve their conditions. The children had a lot of fun learning about Portugal, France, and Germany. They even learned how to count in French and Portuguese languages! That was an incredible outcome which could not be possible without the help of the best teacher – the horse.

We accomplished so much together. We know we will continue thanks to supporters like you.

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Timi is getting better
Timi is getting better

The past few months were very challenging for our organization. Unfortunately, one of the instructors left the organization. Since the end of May we had to rely only on 1 therapeutic riding instructor to complete the lessons of all children in the Spring Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities.

Luckily, the instructor was assisted by volunteers. The volunteers are part of the team of the organization by means of the European Solidarity Corps project ‘’Young Volunteers and Horses Make a Change for Children with Disabilities’’. They come from different European Countries to help with the therapeutic riding sessions and the care for the horses. Their efforts and dedication has become a necessity. The instructor relies on them now to be able to carry out the sessions.

Thanks to the support of our donors and the efforts of the team we were able to fund and complete the Spring Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities!

Even though, we now have only one instructor all of the children will continue their therapy sessions in the Summer Program. All we need is a little support in funding the rest of the Program. 

Support us in undertaking the Summer Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities. Spread our cause further and let’s do it together!

Exercising on the horse
Exercising on the horse

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John and his favorite horse - the gentle Moby
John and his favorite horse - the gentle Moby

Dear Friend,

This year our organization will become the voice not only of children with disabilities but their parents, too.

All of the children that participated in the summer Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities applied again and were accepted to continue their weekly therapies. By Friday only, every donation to our project up to $50 is matched by 50%!

The parents of most of the children cannot afford equine-assisted therapy. Parents are on the edge trying to look after their children and working full time. We are compassionate for their emotional and financial struggle. The free therapy is our way of giving them a hand in the difficult situation they find themselves in.

The single mother of John, 7-year-old who suffers from epilepsy shared in our feedback form:

"John is in great euphoria every time before we leave. He knew when his horse day was, and he looked forward to it. After the session he was super calm, he told me about the horses and at the 10th minute on the way back he fell asleep."

Thanks to your support we will be able to start yet ANOTHER Spring Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities. Our organization still needs to find funding to cover the cost to complete it and ensure its continuation.

We’ve made it so far together. There is no doubt we will find the necessary support.

Don’t forget that by Friday only, every donation up to $50 is matched by 50%!

Forever grateful, 

John playing a fun game during horse therapy
John playing a fun game during horse therapy

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Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
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Mina Raduncheva
Sofia, Bulgaria
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