Halleck Creek Ranch Therapeutic Riding 4-H Club

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Sports

Location: PO Box 159 Nicasio CA 94946 USA

Mission:  We believe that providing challenging experiences in a supportive environment will make a lasting, positive change in the attitudes and abilities of children and adults with disabilities, and in the people who care for them. Through the beneficial activity of therapeutic horseback riding, our participants learn new skills and expand their self-perception, enjoying a sense of freedom from their disabilities. We believe the families benefit from the relaxed atmosphere of the ranch and a valuable chance to network with other families and caregivers. We are committed to providing our program at low or no cost to our participants, so that the therapeutic benefits available through connections with people, animals, and nature are never denied a single individual in need. 
Results: Currently serving over 75 riders every week, with an additional 6 riders attending a special program once a month. Over 3,500 hours of service provided each year. Riders come from 7 Bay Area counties. Over 150 volunteers donate over 7,000 hours to ranch and program each year.
Target demographics: Primary Target: People with physical, mental, or sensory disabities between the ages of 2-21. Secondary Target: Adults with physical, mental, or sensory disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 riders and over 150 volunteers.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs:  Halleck Creek Ranch improves the lives of Bay Area youth with disabilities and their families by providing low-cost individual and group therapeutic horseback riding programs. Therapeutic horseback riding is a dynamic, exciting form of exercise that is often recommended by medical professionals as a complementary form of therapy for youth with disabilities. Through its unique physical movements, animal-human bonds, and adventurous nature, therapeutic riding helps youth gain the skills needed to live independent, healthier lives.  Weekly individual and group therapeutic riding programs provide our riders with a critical bridge to greater independence, improved physical and mental health, friendships, and a sense of freedom from their disabilities. In addition, therapeutic riding programs build the physical strength, coordination, self-confidence, and social skills needed to reduce stress and improve each rider’s quality of life, allowing them to reach their full potential, both now and long into adulthood. For some of our young riders, such as those with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, this may mean helping them develop the strength and coordination to sit, stand, or walk independently. For other youth such as those with autism, our programs help them develop better hand strength, coordination, and the ability to interact more comfortably with other youth.    In addition to improving our riders’ lives, our programs are instrumental in supporting their families. Our ranch offers families the opportunity to socialize and network with one another in a welcoming environment, and gives families peace of mind as their children gain critical life skills, become more independent, and make new friendships.   Volunteers gain a unique sense of purpose by helping our special riders. Our riding programs continue to build important connections between the disabled and non-disabled communities by giving volunteers the opportunity to interact with youth who have disabilities. Through their experiences, youth volunteers gain valuable perspective on their own abilities, develop stronger interpersonal and leadership skills, and discover the unique joy of helping others. Many of our volunteers have gone on to build therapeutic riding programs of their own, or to work in other programs that assist people with disabilities.  

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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?

Life-changing

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?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

No Matter how rough your day is when you get to Halleck Creek all is well...Halleck Creek is a safe, beautiful place for the whole family! Every night when we say our prayers...we are grateful for Halleck Creek. .....The gentle and noble herd...the well trained staff and volunteers make Halleck Creek ROCK!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the years I have seen new people come out to club for the first time to ride, in about six months to a year you can see a difference from the first day they came out to ride. Halleck creek ranch has so much too often to all difference kind disabled people, it a place where we can be just like people who aren’t disabled. The staffs at Halleck Creek are the most fantastic people that you would ever meet in your lives. They care about every rider who comes out, and if you need any kind of help or support they are right there for you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rider and volunteer

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

get more volunteers and donors to Halleck Creek Ranch

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Rating: 5 stars  

Halleck Creek offers so much to the disabled and their families. My autistic son has been riding there for six years, and it has been the only activity where he was easily accepted. We tried other activities but nothing even comes close to the joy of our Saturdays at Halleck Creek.

My son loves his weekly unique experience with horses in the great outdoors of West Marin. The setting is completely wholesome and natural, and the staff and volunteers are really a unique group of down-to-earth, caring people (and everyone has a sense of humor!) I'm constantly amazed at how effectively and safely they make horseback riding available to people with all kinds of disabilities. The pride and smiling faces of the riders really says it all (check out their website for photos!)

Also, my younger daughter has made many strong friendships with other siblings out at the ranch and gets to help tend the goats and animals and enjoy a safe outdoors environment. I have made friends with other parents, and our picnic lunch out there with the families and volunteers is my support group!

Come out to the ranch and check it out! You'll be amazed!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the riding program (my son rides), being a volunteer who is trained to lead horses on the trail, a warm outdoors family experience for everyone.

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

help them to raise more money!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Halleck Creek Ranch has been a great resouce for our family for over 15 years. It is the one place we can take our disabled son, and the rest of the family, and have a great day together. The horseback riding, the great outdoors, the friendly group of people that gather there - is is all first rate. Highly recommended.......come on out and join!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing interesting life to a kid who needs it, and keeping the family spirit alive.

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

raise a million bucks.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love being a part of our riders' day at Halleck Creek Ranch. Every Saturday brings a new experience. As simple as a smile or the excitement of a first ride. I am unbelievably privileged to share in our riders' joy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering

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

get more riders and families to Halleck Creek Ranch

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12 people found this review helpful

Our son has been participating in the Saturday rides each week for nearly 7 years now. He has autism and poor muscle tone. My husband and I love walking the trail alongside the horses, participating in the various activities provided by the staff, fundraising, and just spending time in such a beautiful place with people who care so deeply about our son. We never feel judged and know we can always be comfortable there, no matter how our son behaves because everyone there accepts him just the way he is. The staff is always full of energy and encouraging words, and they understand what it means to truly be inclusive. A trip to Halleck Creek is therapeutic for the entire family, not just our son!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Never-ending energy and enthusiasm from the staff and volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their passion for helping people with disabilities live life without barriers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Superior and highly dedicated. One very special volunteer is Oona Ziegler. As a very young girl (12 yrs), she began helping at the ranch and raised the bar for all volunteers with her unmatched dedication and support of the program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give every person with a disability, no matter how great or small, wings to fly!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Halleck Creek offers a unique experience for disabled children and adults in a fun and extremely positive atmosphere. I used to be a volunteer with Halleck Creek until I relocated elsewhere. Although I have worked with similar programs following my relocation, none have matched the combination of care and enthusiasm expressed at Halleck Creek. The horses, staff, volunteers and riders truly offer a unique encounter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing physical development and emotional growth to each rider.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

experiencing the incredible results. As each rider increases their skills and are awarded for their progress, their enthusiasm to work harder and pride in their accomplishments are obvious.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to positive results.

Ways to make it better...

some of the equipment was better suited for individual horses and riders. Often times donated equipment is not ideal suited yet still useful and appreciated.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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13 people found this review helpful

My son has low muscle tone and some learning disabilities. His O.T. suggested that he try Theraputic Horseback Riding. We had tried many other therapies and spend alot of money on them, but nothing worked. We were willing to try this because Halleck Creek Ranch offered their services for free. My son, started at Halleck Creek Ranch in April 2009. He loves horseback riding there. The staff and volunteers have been great! Their helpfull, friendly, encouraging and knowledgeble. My son looks forward to Wednesday (his riding day). He now rides the horse without the horse being lead. He's groomed and saddled the horses. Not only has my son had fun there, it has help his low muscle tone and his learning. He is more confident and willing to try new things in the learning enviroment. His muscle tone (core) strenghth has improved and he is able to hold himself upright longer than before. We're glad to have found a place that can help our son with his issues at a cost we can afford.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son is more willing to try new things in the education environment. He's muscle tone and core strenght have improved since he's been doing this.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing my son feel more confident and smiling every time he rides the horses. I also enjoy the special events like the the marin fair, easter egg hunting and horse show. Every kid had a big smile on their face at the horse show.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpfull, Friendly, Kind, Knowledgeble

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide this service to more children in need. Have a club that did competions and/or shows at area fairs and other events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Halleck Creek Ranch, located in the countryside of West Marin, CA, offers therapeutic riding programs for people with all types of disabilities. As a volunteer, I have the opportunity to work with many of the riders. All of the children (and parents) love being at the ranch, having picnics, playing, but most of all the children love riding a horse. The horse enables them to experience freedom of movement out in nature. The smiles on their faces when they come back from a ride are fantastic! Halleck Creek offers them something very special and unique, which they could not get anywhere else. It has deeply benefited many lives, especially mine!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high level of unconditional love and support that the staff, volunteers, parents and riders share with one another.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional, deeply committed to helping others and being of service with joy and compassion.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its programs and offer them free of charge to better serve the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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