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Phone: 415.662.2488
PO Box 159
Nicasio
California 94946
USA
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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.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Clean tack, help during a lesson,

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.

 

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.

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10/25/12
Ive-volunteered-there-for-6-years,every-time-I-was-gratful-Halleck-Creek-was-there,I-consider-them-and-the-volunteers,along-with-the-amazing-staff-(Molly-andBarabra)-The-Volunteers-do-most-of-the-work,along-with-the-Horses,witch-are-so-friendly-and-nice-to-fall-in-love-with,I-will-keep-Halleck-Creek... more »
10/25/12
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 ... more »
04/29/11
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 ... more »
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