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Equi-Ed, Inc.

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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Education, Equestrian, Health, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Special Education, Sports

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.

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68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Deb_63

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Susan P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Debby L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer and a board member, since 2014. I've also donated a Haflinger pony to the program, and he is doing very well there, and showing all who participate and observe, what the therapeutic power of the horse can do for people of all abilities. Equi-Ed does a tremendous service for its students and is run as tightly as any non-profit I've ever worked with. I've seen students walk better, have better balance, better fine and gross motor skills, and even begin to use words and converse, after their riding experiences. Simply the best!

Erika23

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equi-Ed is a life-saver! They give my daughter the opportunity to be challenged in a supportive environment. She has developed much more confidence in herself thanks to the work she's done with the horses and teachers. Equi-Ed has become an integral part of my daughter's therapy. We don't know what we'd do without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 marshah1223

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Equi-Ed through my Military support group which I had been attending as a physically disabled veteran. I have MS, (multiple sclerosis), which is an Acquired Brain Damage disease causing less ability in deductive reasoning and thinking; muscle spasms and lack of balance. As all of these things happened to me. I became more and more depressed.

I had ridden with an equestrian therapy program for a short while before I was as disabled as I am now, so I was a little afraid to try. I came out and met all the folks that work and volunteer out there, and they wholeheartedly convinced me to do it! I came back happier with a whole different outlook! They helped me! I got better! I gained confidence and strength! I really felt like a part of a team and not a burden to be led around on a horse; I was riding and in command of my horse. Equi-Ed is such a big part of what I do now, that I work out at the gym to be strong for my next ride. They give love, lessons and help from the heart!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son with Asperger's (high functioning autism) has been riding with Equi-Ed for two sessions. He didn't really get into the usual team or individual sports, but loves horseback riding and is always happy about going to his lessons. The walking motion of the horse has a calming effect on him and he usually falls asleep in the car after his lesson. He really loves it when he gets to trot on the horse. It puts a big smile on his face. His goal is to be able to take the reins and direct the horse on his own while walking and trotting. The staff are patient with him and carefully instruct him in safety and communication with the horse and volunteers. They also offer many other ways to be involved as a client from holiday parades, to parties and barbeques, fund raising activities, and movie nights! It is fun to be a part of the Equi-Ed "family". Thank you Equi-Ed!!

1 Jenn15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Equi-Ed have far surpassed my expectations as a charitable organization. They are thoughtful in their day to day activities. Keep safety for the clients, staff, and horses at their forefront. They are clearly making an impact in the lives of those that choose to spend time at the facility. I'm so grateful for the training they have given me and opportunity to take part as a volunteer. Each and everyday I'm learning at the gentle and patient hand of our leaders.

1 skoch14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having been involved in the horse industry for many years and having had some previous experience with another therapeutic riding center, I can confidently say that Equi-Ed is a fantastic program. Not only is it a great place for the students but it's also a wonderful place for the horses, volunteers, and staff. Equi-Ed staff always ensures the utmost safety of the students and horses while making it a fun and enriching environment for everyone involved. The students are always stimulated with new and exciting lesson activities while being able to enjoy the comradery of their equine companions. The horses are taken care of very well and the staff goes to great efforts to make sure the horses are healthy and happy at all times.

1 Heather181

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Equi Ed from several months and I enjoy the interactions with the horses and students. I love watching the lessons and the care that the staff and volunteers put into the care of the horses and the people.

1 Mary298

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Equi-Ed and the life changing impact it has on everyone, from the students and their families, to the volunteers.
From day one, as a new volunteer, you are taught through the extensive orientation how to do everything safely. It gives you a new awareness to do all you do with a mind to the safety of the horses and people around you. This awareness becomes a part of you, not only at the barn, but in your everyday lives.
Since first learning about therapeutic horseback riding in high school, it has been a dream of mine to be involved. I was so thrilled to learn about Equi-Ed, and began volunteering just over a year ago. It is truly awesome to be able to witness the interaction of the horses and riders, and to see the confidence and skills building from lesson to lesson. The instructors are exceptional and highly qualified to taylor each lesson to the needs and goals of the student.
Equi-ed is the place to be! As a student, volunteer or supporter, you know you are a part of making a positive difference in countless lives!

1 Karen299

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son went from a timid boy to a confident boy through his participation in the Eqi-Ed therapeutic riding program. All the volunteers are kind and knowledgable. The staff build in opportunities for kids to work on IEP academic goals. Equi-Ed is the best!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with several therapeutic riding programs in the past and Equi-Ed holds its staff and volunteers to a higher standard than any other I've known. It is all about quality instruction for students, quality care for the horses and ongoing educational opportunities for everyone involved.