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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Equestrian, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care, Sports, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, Inc. strives to offer a meaningful experience that will enhance wellness, build life skills and bring great joy and self-esteem to children, adults and families with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional or socioeconomic special needs. We do this by providing funding for equine (horse), animal assisted activities, agricultural and environmental learning opportunities, and the development and implementation of innovative, beneficial projects. We believe that in fostering the wellness and independence that develops through the beneficial relationships between people, animals and the environment we can make a positive impact on our community and its future.

Results: Since the official beginnings of our program in 2009, we have grown from 8 clients served over a summer session to more than 60 clients weekly over 40 weeks each year. Our program has expanded to include Hippotherapy, Advanced Adaptive Riding, Equine Experiential Education, and Breast Cancer Support and Rehabilitation. More than 95% of all participants will receive their services through scholarships. It is our mission to serve all those who will benefit, regardless of their ability to pay. We have an incredible team of therapy horses including those from loving homes with accomplished show histories, those with special needs who have come here to rehabilitate and learn a new job, and those who found themselves facing the tragic plight that so many of our American horses do...neglect, abuse, or potential slaughter in a Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouse. We work with several excellent rescues, equine professionals, compassionate individuals and a network of supporters who feel deeply committed to helping us reach our goal to help horses help humans.

Target demographics: Children and Adults with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional or socioeconomic special needs. We specialize in pediatric Hippotherapy and Early Intervention programming

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 children and adults will benefit from a full year (40 weeks) of Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding and Hippotherapy

Geographic areas served: The Southern Tier of NY and Northern Tier of PA including Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Cortland, Tompkins and Chemung counties in NY and Tioga, Susquehanna and Bradford counties in PA.

Programs: Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding and Horsemanship Hippotherapy Equine Facilitated Learning Social Skills Programs Books in the Barnyard Literacy Project

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Borrowed Freedom as a client a year ago. Working with the horses has helped me in ways I cannot describe with words. All I can say is thank you, and I hope you continue to do your good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My twin daughters have greatly benefited from the Borrowed Freedom program. They have overcome many obstacles in their little lives being former foster children and the services provided at Borrowed Freedom have been a great tool to help them recover. Their social skills have improved immensely as well as their self esteem. They ADORE Miss Colleen and think she is hilarious:) The animals at Borrowed Freedom are all as gentle and kind as Colleen and her family and are wonderfully cared for and loved. My family is so very grateful for Miss Colleen, Ally and all the sweet animals at Borrowed freedom. I would and have recommended this program to others.

Linda216

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter, Cami, has benefited hugely from her experience at Borrowed Freedom! She started "riding horsey" when she was just two. Suffering from weak core strength, she was receiving hipo therapy at Borrowed Freedom. She absolutely loves riding, largely because of the loving and patient guidance she has received through Colleen and staff. The therapy has helped Cami build her core strength and improve her posture and confidence. We are very thankful for the help she has received and hope to continue with the riding, indefinitely. Thank you, Colleen !!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer, and future partner/client. These programs fill a void in the community for at-risk youth. A unique approach for unique individuals. This is why there has been such a high success rate for those fortunate enough to participate. I look forward the a collaboration with "Borrowed Freedom" in which the children at the Georg F. Johnson Dream Center will be able to "take the the reigns" and turn their lives around in the direction of progress and positive futures never before deemed possible. "Borrowed Freedom" has done incredible things, and continues to do so!

Looking forward to the actual "hands on" volunteer work in addition to the current networking capacity!

Kimberly-Kira G.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This is one of the few organizations that offered therapy to adults. Having Dumplin, the mechanical therapy horse made it even easier with my physical disability and weather was not a factor. I traveled 1500 miles and took medical leave just so I could do the program for 5 weeks. Time and effort well spent. Hoping I can participate next year.

Nikki13

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has grown in confidence and compassion while working with Colleen, Ally, and the horses! He is always looking forward to his next session. His diagnosis are Aspergers, depression and anxiety.

Jessica130

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Borrowed Freedom is a non-profit organization that I partner with to provide physical therapy services using hippotherapy for children with special needs. Borrowed Freedom has opened up a whole new modality of treatment protocol for me in my PT practice, that is highly effective with children who have Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder to name a few. Treatment using the horse to achieve physical therapy goals has been one of the most effective and beneficial that I have seen in my 18 years of physical therapy practice. Borrowed Freedom has helped children learn to walk, talk and interact more appropriately with their enviornment. The children love the horses and always come with arms wide open for hugs for the horse after each treatment. I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy, an advanced degree, three years ago and the research supports the effectiveness of hippotherapy as a treatment modality in PT practice. But equally important are the smiles on the children's faces that is priceless and the most effective learning happens when children are having fun and enjoying what they are doing!

Donor

Rating: 5

Colleen's attention to detail across the board is one of the reasons why Borrow Freedom is such a success. The animals receive the best of care, the facility is exceptionally well maintained, and she tailors something individual for each of the clients. They are not just up on a horse for a ride, they are participants in their own therapy.
Borrowed Freedom also brings a wonderful sense of community to the riders and their families, the volunteers and the donors.

Danielle42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been visiting and volunteering sporadically at Borrowed Freedom for over a year now and have been excited to see the improvement and growth of the facility in such a short time. The animals are well cared for and immaculately kept. Colleen has a gift with the children she works with. Her love shines through in her every interaction with them. She is patient, compassionate, and caring. She and Ally are a pleasure to be around.

Borrowed Freedom has a welcoming atmosphere and I always leave there feeling inspired and refreshed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Borrowed Freedom for a year and love going to "the farm" as much as the clients do. During my year with the organization I have worked with several clients and watched them grow and blossom under Colleen's and Ally's care and training. It still amazes me to see the transformation brought about through the program. All the animals, but especially the horses, are given the best of care and love and return it to the students. You have to see it to really understand the transfer between horse and student.