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Riders, with Special Abilities, Need New Horses
$125 raised
3% of $5k goal
2 contributors
3 Years running
Thank you for helping us in our program to provide recreation, therapy and enjoyment to those with special abilities. We really appreciate all your donations so that we can provide this fantastic service to kids and adults with special needs. ...

Thank you for helping us in our program to provide recreation, therapy and enjoyment to those with special abilities. We really appreciate all your donations so that we can provide this fantastic service to kids and adults with special needs.

 Our program is growing and we have to make changes to our "herd" of equine teachers. We have been working with riders with special needs for about 20 years. Children are our primary riders and we do have a few adults as well. Finding the right horses truly does make the program work. Because of the unique action of the laterally gaited horses, we look hard to find horses that are gaited, gentle, and who loved both kids and adults. The smooth 4-beat gait of the gaited horse simulates the walking action of humans and encourages core strength and development.

We currently have some older horses that need to be retired. Tax is now 25 yrs old and has Cushing disease and arthritis. He is still able to work a few hours a week, but our cold Canadian winters are very hard on him.  Blue has been retired due to a connective tissue disease and will soon move onto greener pastures. Whoopie is 22 years old and is doing fine, but we know that she is have to retire soon as well.

And so the need for a couple of new horses.


Upkeep for horses is not cheap, hay, supplements, hoof care, vet care, tack and other expense all add up. We try to keep our costs low, because we know that those with special needs have lots of expenses.

We believe everybody has abilities. Each individual has unique and special abilities. During our horsemanship lessons, we start each person at their own level of ability. For our clients in wheelchairs, grooming and petting the horse is a good start! For those who need back support during their riding time you can provide a "seasoned" rider to ride with them. Many people start with our miniature horses, building up confidence, grooming skills and leading lessons.

Some of the benefits of riding and being with horses are:

strengthen core muscle
improve focus and attention
enhance cognitive thinking
increase physical fitness
gain better balance
emotional and mental harmony
Enjoyment, fun and entertainment


Whatever your age, skill level or ability we can help you make your dreams come true!

"Riding my horse-gives wings to my feet and joy to my heart"

check our web page for more information. www.special-ability-horsemanship.info.
www.horsesensedk.com

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