SUNNYBROOK MEADOWS THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 426 State Home Rd Montgomery PA 17752 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Since she started riding at Sunny Brook Meadows she gained upper body strength, better posture, balance and independence. She won a blue ribbon for her riding abilities and she loves Miss Edna and Quincy the horse.

I speak with other riders and their families. They all share similar success stories.

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

My daughter has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Since she started riding at Sunny Brook Meadows she gained upper body strength, better posture, balance and independence. She won a blue ribbon for her riding abilities and she loves Miss Edna and Quincy the horse.

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

find a way to provide additional funding to help the organization continue serving our communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never been to your acaenter, However I have a very dear set of friends who child suffers from MS. I myself have a veery indept background in Saddlebred horses, both as a owener and rider. I had 5 Saddlebreds and will have three shipd to Pa this spring. I have rode 5 gated for 4 yrs. these horses as well as any know how to take care of these kids. I could feel safe on any even allowing my Stalion to have a child around him he would rise or fall to the person around them and with your place I am sure it is the same I very much would love to see more places as yours and if all people could see the joys that these horses bring to kids the out pouring would be wonderful keep up your wonderful work

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

never been there sure it is outstanding

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

can't say

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter Lauren was diagnosed at age 3 with a rare form of MD, she always felt left when she started school and was unable to physically do the same things as her friends. She started riding at 5 and was immediately in love. The program has given her such a sense of accomplishment as well as a special love for the horses and volunteers. Lauren enjoys riding so much it does not realize she is not only riding but actually doing Pt too! Mainly because the volunteers' who make it some much fun for her. I can not say enough about what Sunnybrook has done for her and also for me.

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

My daughter has gained confidence and as well as improved trunk strength, and endurance to name a few. Lauren has found an increasing love of animals especially horses.

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

I would want to improve upon the current trail and have more interactive items along the trail.

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

How did you find this group?

Through a friend

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Finding new ways to help this program to keep is affordable so that more chilren can have acces to this life changing experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a blessing this organization is! As a volunteer, you expect to be on the giving end, but I was pleasantly surprised to get as much out of the experience as I gave. The staff is professional and friendly. Safety is a number one priority both for the riders and the volunteers. The facility is beautiful, with a huge indoor riding arena, and a pleasant waiting area for the family of the riders. You can't imagine the satisfaction of seeing an autistic child communicate with the world around him for the first time, seeing a child who is wheelchair bound gaining the strength and independence to ride by herself, or seeing a man who is blind confidently guide his horse around the arena. The folks at Sunnybrook make this and more possible for these special riders. Thank you all who touched my life during the time I was there. Thanks especially to Edna, who had the strength and courage to make this happen at her farm.

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

see above review...autistic children who interact with not only the horses, but the therapist as well. Blind men who learn the confidence to ride alone. Children who can't walk who gain the strength to ride by themselves

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

can't think of anything I would change

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

it changed how I look at people with handicaps. They were wonderful folks

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

happy and useful

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the best experiences of my life!

SunnyBrook offers community, hope, healing, and joy to both volunteers and riders. As a volunteer, it is amazing to see the positive impact that horses can have on the physical and emotional healing of a human. You become part of a supportive and loving community as you get to know your fellow volunteers and the riders you help each week.

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

seeing the joy on riders' faces and their improved abilities over time!

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

in an ideal world, expand the facilities even more.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I gained new skills, friends, knowledge, compassion, and empathy.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Donating my time to SunnyBrook always makes me feel purpose-driven and positive that I am helping in changing lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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