Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy Inc
Rating: 5 stars 19 19 reviews 558
PO Box 156 Chester Springs PA 19425 USA
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.
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.
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.
Therapeutic Riding Lessons, Horse Camps for Kids with Disabilities, At-Risk Youth Day Camps, Sibling Ride Program, and Innovative Special Education Programs
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I have been riding at Hope Springs since 2002. Over the past 13 years I have enjoyed all my lessons at Hope Springs. My physical strength has greatly improved and my confidence level gets a boost every time I ride. The instructors are dedicated to their riders' well being and the care of all the wonderful therapy horses. I look forward to my lesson every week!
On my first day of volunteering at Hope Springs 9 years ago, I knew that this was going to be a wonderful organization to be involved with. I have seen the huge impact equestrian therapy can have on children and adults with disabilities. Kudos to the dedicated and talented staff, volunteers, and horses that work so hard to make a difference in the lives of each and every rider that comes to Hope Springs. It's a great feeling to be part of an organization like Hope Springs.
When we brought our daughter to Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy, we had the modest goals of building her upper body strength and improving her ability to communicate. We (and she) have gained this and so much more over the past 8 years. Her experiences at Hope Springs allowed our daughter to learn to read nonverbal cues and respond to them. She found her voice and gained the ability to be clearer in communication with her horse (and her humans). She learned to care for an animal that depends on her. And, surprisingly, she has felt pride (a feeling she rarely displays) in her progress in riding and in her accomplishments in dressage. When she started her lessons, our daughter was challenged to shift from home activities to the barn, and we had to pick her up and physically put her in the car. (Luckily she was a lightweight.) Now, she goes happily to a place where she can push herself, sometimes failing and more often succeeding—always knowing that Hope Springs is a safe, welcoming place where she finds her instructor’s warm, nurturing, and accepting embrace and the her own motivation to improve her riding. There is a quote that “Horses give us the wings we lack.” Hope Springs has truly given our daughter wings.
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This group is a win in so many ways. The clients seem to be calmed by and bond with the horses and it's great therapy for them. The clients' caretakers get a break while their charges are taking the lesson or attending camp. Some of the horses were in need of homes. As a volunteer, it's a really rewarding experience to be part of something that directly creates such positivity for everyone involved.
Being a volunteer at this organization is my favorite part of the week. I always know that I am going to enjoy my time connecting not only with our wonderful students but also with the amazing instructors. As a high school student, there aren't many opportunities to have hands on experiences with people of all ages, but at Hope Springs it's amazing to see the students grow and develop certain skills at every lesson and there is absolutely no shortage of smiles and laughter while they learn!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!