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Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship

Rating: 4.98 stars   57 reviews 870

Address:

671 Fort Plains Road Howell NJ 07731 USA

Mission:

To provide people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, eco-friendly family farm environment. We provide opportunities for the professional development of our instructors and volunteers, as well as ongoing training of our equines for therapeutic horsemanship and other equine-assisted activities.

Target demographics:

children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or disorders

Geographic areas served:

Howell, NJ

Programs:

Instruction in all areas of horsemanship including horseback riding, carriage driving, grooming, tacking, equine care, and familiarization with basic horse knowledge.

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Reviews for Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Celtic Charms has been a wonderful experience for myself and my wife since we moved here from NY. The staff and volunteers are terrific and have helped my wife who has MS with her balance. The owners, Christine and Bill, are hands -on individuals who are friendly and extremely knowledgeable in all facets of horse life. A great find for us, highly recommended.

 
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I am a 57 year old woman diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over 30 years ago. Have been using Hippotherpy on a weekly basis for about 7 years.
Recently relocated to Lavallette NJ and am thrilled to have found Celtic Charms! I previously rode in Warwick NY @ Winslow Therapeutic .

My instructor , Beth at Celtic Charms challenges and teaches me so much ! Great facility, great staff & wonderful volunteers!

 
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About us: Since its founding in 1995, The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) has grown to become a world-renowned, cutting-edge therapeutic and educational center meeting the unique needs of over 600 severely-disabled, medically fragile, and socially-emotionally challenged children & young adults ranging in age from birth to 21+. As a state-approved organization, specifically educating multiply handicapped & underprivileged children & adults from throughout the Tristate region & beyond, SCHI’s aim is to try and alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable members of the community.
Celtic Charms continues to be absolutely instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals with our severely handicapped students. Specifically, we continue to note remarkable improvements in our student’s posture, (via improved trunk muscle strength), their confidence, and their motivation to try and participate in new experiences. We continue to note that many of our students initiated their sessions at Celtic Charms with great fear and anxiety, but now look forward to the trip and all of the aspects of their weekly experience.
Additionally, our educational and therapeutic staff has noticed that whether our student rides a horse or receives a ride in the horse drawn cart, they are markedly calmer after their experience. With other students, it has been discussed that their trips to Celtic Charms have increased their verbal skills by bolstering their self-confidence, and allowing them to take on a new role of caretaker since they now can assist with brushing and grooming the horses. We can't thank Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship for all that they have done and continue to do for our special needs students!

 
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About us: Since it’s founding in 1995, The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) has grown to become a world-renowned, cutting-edge therapeutic and educational center meeting the unique needs of over 600 severely-developmentally delayed, medically fragile, and socially-emotionally challenged children & young adults ranging in age from birth to 21+. As a state-approved organization, specifically educating multiply handicapped & underprivileged children & adults from throughout the Tri-state region & beyond, SCHI’s aim is to try and alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Celtic Charms has been absolutly instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals with our severly handicapped students. Specifically, we have noted remarkable improvements in our student’s posture, (via improved trunk muscle strength), their confidence, and their motivation to try and participate in new experiences. We have also noted that many of her students initiated their sessions at Celtic Charms with great fear and anxiety, but now look forward to the trip and all of the aspects of their weekly experience.

Additionally, our educational staff has noticed that whether our student rides a horse or receives a ride in the horse drawn cart, they are markedly calmer after their experience. With other students, it has been discussed that their trips to Celtic Charms have increased their verbal skills by bolstering their self confidence, and allowing them to take on a new role of caretaker since they now can assist with brushing and grooming the horses. We can't thank Celtic Charms Therapeytic Horsemanship for all that they have done and continue to do for our students!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replicate Celtic Charms nationwide as so many children and adults are helped in a unique and compassionate way!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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My son has autism. He started riding at Celtic charms when he was young. He didn't have much language I truly believe riding has contributed I getting my son to talk. He has learned how to follow instructions and be a charge. Everyone is so special kind and patient at Celtic charms
This is why we keep coming

 
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I have been associated with Celtic Charms from the very beginning. I have watched countless students, parents, volunteers, and friends come through these doors and have seen first hand the magic of this place. Celtic Charms provides a wonderful link between horses and special needs. I have always been a horse person and now I am here working on the facility and I am lucky that I get to see the benefit first hand.

 
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Celtic Charms is truly the kind of place that changes lives. It changed my life. I think everyone that walks though this door finds a sense of peace here. The horses are the real magic and what they can do for the students. Everyone benefits from this welcoming environment. Volunteers, students, parents, siblings... It is not just this place to pass by and wonder, "Hey what do they do there"? Come and see for yourself... I am glad I stopped here and volunteered my time.

 
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My sister rode at Celtic Charms starting at age 4. I am not sure how everything works but I know that Celtic Charms helped her not feel so "squirrely" as she likes to call it. Now my sister is able to move on to a more advanced riding program with some amazing skills that she learned at Celtic Charms. I don't think that she could have learned to ride anywhere else. This is where she needed to be. I don't go there very often but when I do I want to be a part of it. When I am old enough I plan to volunteer and help others overcome challenges.

 
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I am always blown away by how many good people volunteer precious time at Celtic Charms -- but then after you spend a little time there and see how magical what they do is -- it all becomes clear. As a non-profit everything donations and they need every single dollar we can find to help them continue to provide children and adults with disabilities a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment to learn horseback riding while addressing other challenges. You really just have to see it!

 
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Celtic Charms is a warm and welcoming place where everyone fits in and is appreciated. As a volunteer, it is truly gratifying to watch students improve over time and to see how happy they are to ride and take care of their horses.

 
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Celtic Charms is aptly named, for it truly is a magical place that transforms people with disabilities into equestrians. While volunteering there I have seen the expressions of joy and pride on the faces of the riders and their family members. There are Celtic Charms students who cannot walk, others who cannot speak, and some who cannot make eye contact; yet their instructors get them onto their mounts or into a horse-driven carriage, and they move freely, focus their minds, strengthen their bodies...and often smile.

The facility is immaculate and the grounds and horses are beautiful, but the best thing about Celtic Charms is the people. The instructors are highly skilled, patient, and passionate about their students, the horses, and the progress they make together. Celtic Charms is a happy, bustling place where everyone is on the same winning team – instructors, family members, volunteers, even the facility manager and the animal attendant. They all play their parts (and so well!) in supporting the organization’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship.



Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Celtic Charm is an amazing the place its beautiful and everyone is so professional. My son enjoys the riding and is receiving the therapeutic benefits while having fun. The instructors are so cautious and caring. The animals are well kept. Its a peaceful place that I myself enjoy as well. The overall experience has exceeded my expectations.

 
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