While Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian program is non-profit, the value to the people they serve is priceless. They are changing lives through the students interaction with horses, the the instructor, and the other riders.
I have volunteered with many organizations, but Equi-Ed is in a class by itself. I am privileged to volunteer as a horse handler, I feed once a week, provide barn help as I am able for various projects, and am a member of the board. I get to see first hand the caring attention to the safety and well being of the riders, horses and volunteers. The instructors are very creative in coming up with fun, safe ways to engage the riders and help them achieve their goals. The staff also works very hard to make sure each horse gets the proper care, exercise, feed and farrier/vet care they need.
Whether you are interested in a Therapeutic Equestrian Program for someone in your life, or if you have a heart to serve with one of the best organizations, it is worth learning more about Equi-Ed, and be sure to let others know about Equi-Ed!
Our adult son with special needs has been taking riding lessons at Equi-Ed for many, many years. Although he has not progressed as fast as other riders have due to his significant challenges which are increasing, Equi-Ed continues to play an invaluable role in his life. He has to travel a long distance to get to Equi-Ed each week but we believe what Equi-Ed provides is worth it. The staff and volunteers are caring, patient, supportive, and well-trained. The horses are gentle and equally as patient. Every relationship in our son's life is a treasure and there is much to treasure in this stellar non-profit.
When I was a working farrier and Paso Fino trainer, I would always discount my services to Equi –Ed because I felt that they were doing so much good for their clients. Little did I know that my career would come to an end when in 2005, I lost my ability to walk and was diagnosed with MS and became an Equi-Ed client myself. When Max and her crew put me on an Equi-ed horse and lead me about the arena, I was amazed how it gave the sensation of walking. It was as if the horse’s legs were an extension of my own and my focus became one of maintaining balance. Straddling the saddle was in itself a therapeutic exercise. After dismount my legs would always feel stronger somehow. For me, just the touch of the horse, feeling the warmth of his breath and velvety softness of his muzzle gave me an exhilarating feeling that stayed with me for days.
Thank you Equi-Ed for the work that you do.
Equi-ed has been a place of learning and acceptance for our daughter who is intellectually disabled. For the past 10 years, Equi-Ed has provided a safe and fun environment where she can gain skills, not just in riding horses, but in following instructions, working on balance and core strength, and using communication skills with instructors as well as horses. Equi-Ed is a unique non-profit in that it benefits a range of students with a variety of abilities and allows all participants to gain self-confidence and skills in horsemanship. It is a special place, indeed!
Equi-Ed has been a part of our daughter's life for over 7 years now. In spite of cognitive disabilities, she is able to ride horses at Equi-Ed competently, demonstrate the ability to follow directions, and connect with these gentle animals in a way that empowers her on a weekly basis. The staff at Equi-Ed is knowledgeable, patient and accepting of differences. I would highly recommend this incredible program to children and adults alike! Equi-Ed is a place where amazing things happen...and lives are changed!
Equi-Ed is a therapeutic horseback riding facility that works with clients of all ages that have a disability of some sort. It is truly a pleasure to volunteer for them as they are amazing with their clients giving them the support, encouragement, and confidence they need to participate in the horseback riding classes. The instructors and the support staff are very knowledgeable about what needs to be done to give clients what they need to succeed. This is truly a wonderful and much needed nonprofit.
An amazing and devoted team work with a herd of happy, healthy horses. The students are excited and eager to be there. Truly a great non profit.
I have worked at Equi Ed for the last three years, riding and caring for the horses. I have also volunteered in lessons and helped with various events Equi Ed has put on. This is truly a place that changes lives. It is a heartwarming experience to help with lessons and to see the incredible changes in the students. Equi Ed's care and attention to detail is second to none, and the riders are ensured a safe and happy experience every time. I highly recommend becoming a part of this program and experiencing firsthand all the benefits. You will never leave the barn in a bad mood!
I was looking for a volunteer opportunity when someone told me about equi-ed and how it can help the handicapped. I know how my day improves when I go out to the ranch and 'commune' with the horses so, understood how riding could help not only physically but emotionally. I have now been volunteering for several years, and seen the joy, confidence and physical benefits riding gives to the riders. The English proverb, "There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse. " is so true.
I'm also impressed with the great care the horses receive and with the horses themselves. It takes a special horse to do their job.
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.
I am a new volunteer and am so impressed with all the individuals that keep this program going. It takes a lot of very work every day -- and they do it. Probably most important, however, is the care that is given to each student. The satisfaction these students receive from their accomplishments in this program is very evident.
I have been involved with the program in a professional capacity for over 13 years. The level of knowledge and experience is top notch. Education, safety and fun are always top priorities. Equi-Ed has served as a model for many other therapeutic riding programs.
I have been involved in the field of therapeutic riding since 1998 and I have been involved with Equi-Ed as a staff member since 2003. What has kept me here so long you may ask? An amazing community of people-volunteers, fellow staff, parents and students! I am so privileged to be a part of this organization.