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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: To serve the emotionally and physically or intellectually challenged persons through our equine friends and through a comprehensive program of equine activities.

Target demographics: children and young adults with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over twenty students with disabilities

Geographic areas served: Fort Worth, Texas

Programs: equine assisted therapy at no charge.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My younger sister has been a client for Serendipity Equine Haven and the change in her is just amazing. Forget swimming with dolphins, caring for the horses has made a huge difference in her life while remaining economical and fun. I have seen her develop compassion and responsibility with the help of their caring staff, to the point that even her teachers have noticed a difference. I wish that they could be able to help more children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My nieces have some developmental hurdles and the staff and horses are helping them to overcome these. The staff has always been wonderful and the horses have great temprements. My nieces love their horses! There is such great healing power in the love and knowledge of a horse and Serendipity promotes this by their love of horses, kids, and sharing their skills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I felt that my time made an important impact on every life I helped woth. I learned so much from my experiences. They provided services that not only benefited the riders but every volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our 2 daughters (age 7 & 9) about a year and a half ago. They had been involved with CPS since the 9 year old was 1 day old. Our girls still have some obstacles ahead of them. Traditional therapy did not seem to make any impact on them. A dear friend did research and found Serendipity Equine Haven. Our girls made an instant bond with the horses and the volunteers. It is not a therapist office with four walls, it feels more like a supportive extended family. Every horse and every volunteer has a gift that they share with the riders. Serendipity has given my girls confidence, joy and a passion for trying their best to succeed. We are very blessed to be part of the Serendipity Equine Haven family.

Regina H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Serendipty Equine Haven is a fantastic place to ride. the instructor and the volunteers are truly wonderful. We miss you greatly. The memories and skills that my 3 children William in a wheel chair, Lance and Elizabeth, ranging from profound and severe to minimal care are priceless. If we lived closer we would still be coming thank you for opening a door to a whole new world of experience. Allowing us to be a part of your family. Wayne we love and miss you. Regina

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Serendipity Equine Haven provides small group outpatient physical and occupational therapy to children and adults with movement dysfunction and learning disabilities. Disabilities that benefit from Hippotherapy include (but are not limited to) cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. Hippotherapy – using equine movement as a treatment strategy – has been successfully used to achieve functional outcomes in therapy throughout the United States since the late 1970’s.

In Hippotherapy, the client receives treatment while mounted on the horse. The horse provides a consistent and rhythmic movement pattern that helps improve trunk mobility and strength, postural strength and endurance, proprioception, weight bearing and motor planning. Hippotherapy is used primarily to achieve physical goals but may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and communication outcomes.

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