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November 7, 2012
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November 7, 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.

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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

November 6, 2012
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November 6, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I took Equi-Ed for 3 years because it helped me build my confidence level and self-esteem. I was having trouble with people making fun at me in Middle School and I was feeling real bad about myself. My parents felt that since I like horses this program would be a big help for me. I felt that it was great because I met people like myself and nobody judged me. The kids that I met were friendly and respectful. Sheila and Max are the most amazing and wonderful leaders of this organization that I ever met. After I finished my lessons I decided to Volunteer and I did that for a year. I had a wonderful time and it was a great experience.

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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

November 6, 2012

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October 21, 2011

My daughter has ridden at Equi-Ed for the past 3 years. During that time, we have seen an improvement in her social skills, math skills & best of all, her confidence. She loves the horses & all the ... more

November 6, 2012

My daughter started therapeutic riding with Equi-Ed about 3 years ago. The staff has always been amazingly accommodating to her needs & our varying schedule. They are kind, yet just tough enough & always seem to know just how far to push her so she can succeed. Since starting with Equi-Ed, her self-esteem & confidence have grown. We see her try new things with a feeling that she will succeed. Her posture & balance have also benefited. We have great appreciation for everyone at Equi-Ed: Max & Sheila, the volunteers, & of course the extremely patient horses!

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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

October 21, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

My daughter has ridden at Equi-Ed for the past 3 years. During that time, we have seen an improvement in her social skills, math skills & best of all, her confidence. She loves the horses & all the people that work with her. She is treated with respect, kindness, & as a valuable person. We can't recommend this program enough.

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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

October 19, 2010

Since my daughter started with Equi-Ed two years ago, she's become happier & more out-going. She is so proud of her ability to ride & has really connected with the horses & staff/volunteers. Equi-Ed has given her the ability to succeed at something she loves, which in turn has given her more confidence at school, in both social situations & with school-work. Following instructions while riding has improved her focus & self-confidence. Her experience at Equi-Ed is truly one of the best things that has happened for her.

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

Watching my daughter blossom & experience increased confidence & happiness.

Ways to make it better...

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

Win the lottery & donate more money!

November 5, 2012
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October 24, 2010

My daughter lacked oxygen before and during the birthing process which affected all her development growth - mild cerebral palsy. She participated in traditional therapy until she got sick at age 10 ... more

November 5, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

My daughter was given the opportunity to expand her self-esteem and physical abilities by participating at Equi-Ed as a rider, vaulter, and volunteer. She learned how to respect the horses and herself. The staff and volunteers at Equi-Ed gave my daughter constant encouragement and confidence to challenge herself in attempting new skills with the horses. I am grateful to Equi-Ed in offering a powerful therapeutic program that develops more than just physical abilities for everyone involved. A special "Bravo" to the horses! thanks from Lorna and Hana

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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

October 24, 2010

My daughter lacked oxygen before and during the birthing process which affected all her development growth - mild cerebral palsy. She participated in traditional therapy until she got sick at age 10 with a rare disease that almost made her crippled. We searched for a different therapy method to help her recooperate her ability to walk. We found Equi-Ed, where not only has she been able to regain her leg strength, but also develop better coordination of her whole body. The most empowering element of this program is watching my daughter express excitement and self-confidence with the horses. Now, she has also found a purpose to work harder at school so she can have a career working with horses.

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

I see my daughter become confident with her abilities in every part of her life.

Ways to make it better...

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

I try to spread the word of their existance and the empowerment it develops in the participates.

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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?

I found this group by searching the internet.

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

Helping others

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 2, 2012

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November 2, 2012

Equi-Ed is amazing - from the dedicated volunteers and gentle horses to the wonderful and incredibly organized staff! My son is autistic and I had been searching for a program that offered social skills, physical activity and fun for him. We had looked at a few different program, but knew that when we met Sheila at Equi-Ed, this was a great program. He looks forward to riding every week, and we've seen improvement in his social interactions and ability to follow directions. I can't say enough about how great the staff and volunteers are.

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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

November 9, 2010

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November 9, 2010

My daughter, who had a lot of psychological barriers, which kept her very lonely and lacking in self confidence, has found a safe, nurturing program, through the wonderful staff and volunteers. After only 6 months of riding she has regained her self confidence, feels proud of her accomplishments and is venturing into relationships with other peers. Thank you so much Equi-Ed!

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

In my own personal expirience.

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

I wouldn't

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

Equi-Ed is a physical and emotional oasis for me. Thanks to my granddaughter, who is a passionate equestrian, I began taking lessons at Equi-Ed a few months ago. In addition to the normal aging process (I am 67 years old), nine surgeries have meant a significant loss of suppleness and chronic pain. With the knowledge and compassionate support of certified trainer Max, physical therapist Diane, and trusty sidekick Jennifer, I am beginning to communicate with my body again by learning to communicate with the horse. What fun! What Equi-Ed accomplishes with limited financial resources is nothing short of amazing! They support us with professionalism, consistency, and always good grace. My riding lesson is the highlight of my week!

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

Improved suppleness and pain control in my own body.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the program to develop a specialized riding component for senior citizens to maintain health, strength, suppleness, coordination, mental alertness, and possibly even age appropriate competition.

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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

How did you find this group?

My granddaughter.

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

I feel hopeful that I can get my body back and finally manage the chronic pain.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

My autistic daughter is 17 years old and has been riding horses at Equi-ed for the past 10 years. It's a highlight of her week. In addition to having fun, riding has taught her patience and control of her body. She's learned to control the horse independently and is quite proud of her ability to do so. She has limited language, but knows "walk on," "trot," "whoa," "helmet," "reins."

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

As above

Ways to make it better...

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

Get the word out...

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I like going to Equi-Ed to learn horse riding skills and vaulting skills. They let me volunteer by having me help do barn activities. This experience helps me with my physical balance and personal confidence. My dream is to participate in competitions.

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

The experience of riding and vaulting on a horse helps improve my body strength and coordination.

Ways to make it better...

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

have more competitions available to the students.

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

This therapeutic riding program is so important to people with disabilities, like me. I'm a paraplegic that has been in a wheelchair since 1980, from a car accident. I used to ride horses when I was a kid and loved it! This program not only allows me to enjoy being on a horse, but insures a safe and enjoyable riding environment. Therapeutic riding at Equi-Ed, not only lifts my spirits, I get health benefits too!

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

making my life better by improved health and well-being.

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

the horses, staff and volunteers are top notch; always there to support and create an enjoyable experience.

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

kind, experienced and reliable.

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

design and operate its own stables, provide the newest technology in riding gear and accessories. Offer more classes to the public. Most importantly, to purchase a dedicated horse so I could compete internationally in para-equestrian events.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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