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SADDLE UP RIDING CLUB INC
February 17, 2011

My four year old daughter, Sophia, has been riding at Saddle Up Riding Club for a year. We found out about this organization from the Autism Speaks website. We did research on different forms of horse therapies and Saddle Up offered an exceptional accredited program in our area called NARHA, a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. As parents of Sophia, we wanted the best form of horse therapy for her in which instructors are certified and that is what Saddle Up Riding Club has provided. Every Saturday morning we look forward to seeing Sophia ride it is the highlight of our week. To watch our beautiful non verbal autistic daughter week after week riding.... well it never gets old. I am the proud mama always taking pictures and videos of Sophia riding. With so many limitations in Sophia's life it can be frustrating but not on Saturdays. Riding has given Sophia self confidence, improved her core muscles and addresses her sensory processing disorder in more ways than I ever thought possible. Sophia has a bond with the horse she rides, Roxy, there is a connection between them that is hard to express through words. I am so thankful to all of the volunteers that make it possible for Sophia and the other disabled riders to have this opportunity.

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I have personally experienced the results of Saddle Up Riding Club as an observer. I watch the volunteers working hard week after week. I watch the riders having fun and improving week after week. My experience can be summed up in one word, graditude.

Ways to make it better...

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

Offer equine-assisted activities and therapies five or six days a week. Hire more therapeutic riding instructors so they can offer more forms of equine therapies. Such as, hippotherapy which refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.

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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?

Autism Speaks website I typed in my zip code under recreation and community activities

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

To volunteer Appreciation Graditude

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I take my daughter to equine therapy .

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