Equi-Ed, Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Education, Cancer, Sports

Location: 1535 Farmer's Lane #217 Santa Rosa CA 95405 USA

Mission: Equi-Ed has used the therapeutic power of the horse to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities since 1993. Equi-Ed's Goals: ~ Enhance each student’s educational plan through coordination with school staff and the implementation of activities which support achievement in basic subjects and pre-vocational skills. ~ Improve the students physical, medical, social, and emotional well being through interaction with specially selected horses, in a positive environment which encourages involvement and caring between disabled and non-disabled individuals. ~ Stimulate awareness and understanding of the efficacy of therapeutic riding. ~ Provide professional development and training for individuals in the therapeutic riding industry.
Target demographics: Ages 4 and up
Programs: Equi-Ed offers therapeutic riding, vaulting, horsemanship and competition opportunities to its students.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 68-0356989
707-546-7737
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Equi-Ed provides my autistic daughter with an activity that she loves, that builds her sense of independence and accomplishment. She has been riding with Equi-Ed for 14 years!! We love it!

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I started volunteering at Equi-Ed a few months ago and find it very rewarding. It is so nice to work with people who care so much about those being served. It's a joy to watch the lessons. I also appreciate the wonderful care given to the horses.

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Since being served by Equi-Ed my daughter has made huge gains with her speech, attention and posture. She lights up every time we pull up the barn. Thank you Equi-Ed!

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I am a parent of a child taking lessons at Equi-Ed right now. My daughter has gained a huge amount of confidence and is much better at dealing with her emotions. All of the therapies we have tried over the last three years have not even come close to the results we've seen with therapeutic horse back riding at Equi-Ed. Truly, they have helped our entire family. We will be forever indebted to Shelia, Max, Sade, and all of the volunteers who make Equi-Ed possible.

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I have been a volunteer at Equi-Ed for over 5 years now and just love it. I started helping in lessons and was immediately touched by the interaction of students, horses and of course the amazing instructors. Life has changed a bit for me so I now volunteer in a smaller capacity by feeding and cleaning every other Sunday. However, I could not imagine my life without this wonderful organization. I enjoy my time with these incredible horses. How humbling it is to see these big animals be so gentle with their riders and enhance life for those with struggles. I am in awe of the staff who master every day with strength, patience and unlimited kindness. We are so fortunate to have such a resource in our County!

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

If I had the power and the means, I would make sure that they never run out of funds!!

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?

2013

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16 people found this review helpful

Equi-Ed, Inc. is an incredible organization which provides a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in a place that enriches the lives of so many with disabilities. Through a friend I heard about Equi-Ed and I thought I would see if I could help out. I had a personal loss in my life and needed something to fill a great void. With my love for horses and the need to give something back, I decided to try it out. This was over a year ago and I must say I will never be able to give as much as I receive from this outstanding organization. The people who run Equi-Ed are remarkable and inspire me to no end. We have such wonderful volunteers too. Young or not so young we are all there because we feel this place is special and we care about what it provides to so many. The location is stunning in its setting and the peace you feel there stays with you. The horses are incredible and being treated with love, care and great knowledge by staff and volunteers. These gentle animals are used in the lessons after they have been carefully selected and trained. I get to help out in lessons with the children as a horse leader or spotter. It is amazing to see these horses and individuals with disabilities work together. I get very humble and suddenly my daily gripes are just not important anymore, I realize how fortunate I am, and how wonderful life is even with hardship in it. Since Equi-Ed relies on volunteers for horse care as well, I get to feed the horses on Sunday mornings. The program is very well organized and runs so smooth. Thanks to great communication among staff and volunteers lessons are provided during the week and on Saturdays. I am honored to participate in any way needed. I hope Equi-Ed gets the recognition it deserves so very much and with that hopefully more people become aware of this great organization.

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

by seeing the children with disabilities become focused, more relaxed and aware. They leave the lesson with a big smile on their face.

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

let the people currently in charge do what they do so much better than if I was in charge. My hat's off to their hard and dedicated work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interaction with the kids and horses. What a powerful combination.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring! These people have such care and love for what they do. I for one am better now for knowing them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a permanent location where it could serve more individuals.

Ways to make it better...

I had more knowledge about horses. I could be of better help. However, the wonderful people at Equi-Ed are teaching me so much.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting donations, and volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have the utmost respect for the people who run Equi-Ed Inc. Their time and effort are amazing and they deserve our gratitude and appreciation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a current volunteer with Equi-Ed and can't wait to be up there each week. What I love:
*Volunteers are required to complete extensive training (16+ hours in total) & update each year.
*Consistency of methods / barn rules for safety of students, volunteers/staff, and horses.
*Staff are wonderful and forces of nature! Watching them work is amazing; their knowledge and techniques, humor and patience. More experienced volunteers are friendly and helpful.
*Most of all, students are awe inspiring and it humbles me to be a part of their learning each week.

:-)

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

clone Maxine, Sheila & Sade!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am the parent of one of the children who took lessons from Equi-Ed. My daughter also volunteered. THe program is terrific and my daughter finally found friends she could relate to as she was having a very difficult time at school. The horses, instructors, and volunteers gave her much needed confidence which helped her greatly in school. She loved the program. I am very grateful for programs like these.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter is a special needs child and she started Equi-Ed a couple of years ago. I had heart about the organization at a Santa Rosa Junior College event. IT sounded perfect for my daughter and she had a wonderful time. The horses are terrific and the volunteers are more terrific. She was also with children like herself and could be herself. At regular school she was picked on quite a bit so this was a blessing for her. She is now in high school and doing sports, etc and I feel Equi-Ed gave her the ability to believe in herself.

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

My daughter being happy.

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

Do nothing. It is fine the way it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been with Equi Ed for almost a year and it has been a total pleasure working with the entire Equi Ed Team. My son was instantly comfortable with the volunteers and has enjoyed every lesson. They are kind, caring and very patient with him. We have seen huge gains with him and his engagement with others as well as speech. We will not only continue to work with them but we would recommend them to our friends!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I started off as a client of Equi-Ed, by way of the Adapted PE Dept at SRJC. I had a brain surgery that changed me and my balance, hearing, coordination, view of myself, confidence, quite a few things changed in my life for me. I really took to the horses, staff, classmates and they liked me! We all had such a great time that semester! My balance became steadier, my coordination grew, things got better. It wasn't quick, like in the movies, but I did Improvise, Adapt, Modify, Overcome! I saw and felt how great this program was that I took the Volunteer Class and became a Volunteer. I admired so much how the Volunteers had helped me. I wished and hoped I could be like them. I could start off as a Sidewalker for students and work in the barns with the horses. Just like being a client, I copied everyone until I had it down for myself. Earning the right to Volunteer was a huge self esteem boost and confidence builder for me. Today, I wish I lived closer so I could come in and help more at Equi-Ed. I am a different person now, I am doing much better.....No other program/therapy/activity I have done has given me what Equi-Ed has given back to me. My life really changed for the positive the first day I was a client. Thank you to every single person for all your kind help. Sincere heartfelt appreciation for every horse.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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My son has been a client with Equi-Ed since he was 3 years old; he is now 9 years old and still loves it! They perform an amazing service to kids with special needs and I feel the volunteers get a lot of out of it too! This is a small organization with a big heart :) They have a wonderful riding program and I have seen what it does for my son. He used to be afraid of all animals and I think he has finally learned to appreciate animals and not fear them. In addition my son had very low tone and his core strength was very weak. I do feel that in addition to other therapies, horseback sessions with Equi-Ed made a difference in his core strength. He is more social and interactive then when he first started and has smile when he's there riding. The volunteers are amazing and they give their heart and soul to these kids and the horses. They make you feel like part of the family by offering opportunities to volunteer and hold many events for everyone to come and support the organization: BBQs, auctions, the tractor parade in Calistoga, and so much more. I highly recommend them for your son or daughter.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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