HOPE SPRINGS EQUESTRIAN THERAPY INC

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: PO Box 156 Chester Springs PA 19425 USA

Mission: The mission of Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities by providing them with affordable therapeutic horseback riding and associated special education of the highest possible quality, in a warm, safe and familiar environment.
Results: Over 17 years, we have delivered weekly therapeutic riding lessons and horse camps to many hundreds of children and adults with disabilities. In 2013, we served more than 80 unique individuals.
Target demographics: Children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. Many of our riders are on the autism spectrum. Others face developmental delays, have cerebral palsy, or were disabled as the result of an accident, including spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 80 individuals received our services last year.
Geographic areas served: Most of our riders live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties.
Programs: Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Horse Camps for Kids with Disabilities, At-Risk Youth Day Camps, Sibling Ride Program, and Innovative Special Education Programs

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of being involved with this organization since I started as a volunteer in 1997 and now serving as a board member. I continue to be impressed with the positive impact that Hope Springs has on the lives of our riders. The instructors are dedicated and skilled and truly take the time to know each student. Volunteers are appreciated and receive the requisite training required to make the most of their contribution. This is a well run organization with heart!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering at Hope Springs over the past 8 years as been been extremely rewarding. My son completed his Eagle project there and it is an honor to see students use the mounting block and ramp. Seeing the student's freedom on horseback is so fulfilling. Every instructor, horse, cat, and volunteer are so dedicated, it's inspiring to be there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at Hope Springs in 2013 for weekly Sunday lessons and joined the board in June 2014. As a horseperson, I knew I would enjoy the equine aspect of helping at Hope Springs, but I was hooked when I began to see how the small victories during lessons compounded and translated into huge improvements in the students’ lives. The instructors are amazing and the horses are very well cared for and love their jobs. It’s an honor to be a volunteer & board member at Hope Springs and to be a part of the impact the program has on the people it serves.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Hope Springs for nearly 5 years now. First I was a volunteer and then an instructor for their educational portion of their summer camps. Then I agreed to be a board member. Being a retired special education teacher, I have found that the instructors, volunteers and administration are excellent. While taking a professional attitude with their students, they are also warm and friendly, always being very supportive of their clients and parents. As a horsewoman, I also find that the care of the horses and the facility is first rate. I have been involved with many nonprofit organizations over the years but find Hope Springs to be one of the best. I highly recommend Hope Springs to anyone who has a child or adult who can benefit from therapeutic riding and the support this wonderful program offers.

Jan Brooks

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an adult client with a spinal fusion who has been riding at Hope Springs for seven years. It is the best therapy in so many ways. The motion of the horse relaxes and strengthens my back and core muscles. I enjoy the wonderful staff, the volunteers, and the specially trained horses. After my back injury, I never thought that I would be able to do something like this again, and it is one of my most favorite activities ever. I also see how it benefits other riders of all ages and abilities. Hope Springs is a Great Nonprofit!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Hope Springs for about three months. Even in that short amount of time, I have been able to see improvements in all the students that I have worked with. It is an amazing experience to see kids remembering things from the last lesson and gaining the ability to do more on their own. As soon as the kids get on the horses, their faces light up with excitement and joy. The instructors that I have worked with—Natalie, Dallas, and Jeannie—are simply fantastic with the students. They are kind, friendly, and firm if they have to be, but they truly care about improving the lives of each and every. I can truly say that I look forward to and enjoy volunteering at Hope Springs every Sunday morning. What they do there is truly amazing, and I am thrilled that I am able to be a part of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter, who was born with spina bifida, began riding at Hope Springs in 2002 when she was eight-years old. She is now a beautiful and confident twenty year-old young woman attending Montgomery County Community College pursuing a degree in Early Education. She continues to ride today and enjoys her time with the special horses, instructors and volunteers at Hope Springs.

My daughter has benefited greatly from Hope Spring’s therapeutic riding program. She has improved her physical stamina and core strength. Her riding has also given her so much confidence. We, as a family, have benefited from the special relationships with the instructors and all the volunteers that have been willing to give their time to Hope Springs. Hope Springs is a very special place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The only thing wrong with my volunteer experience at Hope Springs, is it was too short! Jeanie, Natalie, Dallas and the rest of the staff are excellent instructors and wonderful people. Their dedication to what they do is truly inspiring. One of the best parts of my day was showing up for my shifts at the barn. It's incredible to witness the progress students make, even in a short amount of time. I highly recommend this organization and wish you all continued success!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Springs is an amazing place that provides therapy for disabled people of all ages by helping them connect with horses. Every week, I go to Hope Springs to help a young disabled boy learn to ride and care for his horse. The second any student walks into the barn , you can clearly see how much they love coming to Hope Springs, and how excited they are to be there every week. Through working with the students, I have personally seen amazing improvements in speech, motor skills, and overall attitude, and it's really amazing to watch! The therapy is extremely effective, and the students obviously love being around the horses, and love the instructors!

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy is an amazing place! Each week that I show up to help, everything is ready to roll- the instructors have the same enthusiasm for each lesson. Lessons go very smoothly, even if the student isn't having the best day. HSET really does make a difference in these students lives, and you can see it on their faces as they work through their lessons.

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

A little bit better volunteer organization, but no major changes-they do a great job coordinating what must be a tricky thing to coordinate.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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