My son has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of horseback riding. The staff are amazing, especially the instructors. They truly want these riders to connect with the horses and feel joy in the experience--and they do! The program is very well run, with reliable volunteers and always excellent care for the horses and attention to safety for everyone.
Equi-Kids is a GREAT place! The program is very organized and the riders are always happy. The lessons are always well planned and full of fun.
I am a volunteer for Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program. It is an amazing non-profit program for children with special needs to be able to experience hippa-therapy in a safe, social and incredible fun environment. The staff members have been so great and very caring to the children and to us volunteer. Equi-Kids has also began a sister-program called Equi-Vets for our wounded warriors/veterans/retirees and their families. Equi-Kids also provides so many fun activities, such as barn sales and hound runs, all to support and enhance the mission and vision of the program. I feel very proud to be part of Equi-Kids.
I was able to visit Equi-Kids during my spring break. The university I attend had an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip located in the Virginia area and that was the non-profit location we decided to volunteer at. Our experience was beyond amazing. We were involved in many areas of volunteering. We mucked stalls and stables, painted and sealed sheds, performed side walker duties, and much more. Though the work was hard, it was very rewarding. Jennifer, the volunteer coordinator, Daryl, and Jamie were so expressive of their gratitude and let us know just how much of an impact we were making. They celebrated us and were very willing to accommodate our preferences. They were pleasant and friendly and opened up to us on a personal level that people don’t often bother to express. I love Equi-kids and though I don't live in Virginia, if and when I am in the area I will definitely drop in and muck a stall or two :)
I began volunteering at Equi-Kids last year, and I have nothing but good things to say about it! As a horse rider myself, it is so nice to be able to use my horse skills to help those with disabilities learn the stuff that I know. The facilities at Equi-Kids are absolutely beautiful! The horses are very well tempered with the riders and volunteers. The riders are so cooperative and it is so easy to see the happiness they feel when mounted on a horse. Sometimes, I side-walk for lessons, and other times I am a horse leader. Either way, I am having a wonderful time! The instructor for the lessons changes, but whoever it is always has the riders learning new things and interacting with their horse. I have personally been able to see improvements in the riders just after one week! Everybody at the barn is always happy and ready to help. It is such a great place to be!
I have volunteered at EquiKids for 5 years. EquiKids is hands down the most rewarding thing I have ever done. The staff, the volunteers, instructors, riders and their families get to share in such an inspiring journey together, it is simply amazing . I never miss a chance to tell my friends, family and co-workers what a caring organization EquiKids is. I walk into the barn, hear the nickers from the horses ( the best horses in Virginia) and friendly chatter among the volunteers and staff, and I truly feel like I belong, that I'm welcome, and I am appreciated. Thank you EquiKids for creating a safe teaching environment for our community.
I,ve been a volunteer at Equi Kids for apps.9 years. Through the years I,ve seen Equi Kids grow into what is now a top rated facility. it is heart warming to see children of all ages responding to the instructors, the volunteers and the horses as well as the volunteers interacting with the riders.
Equi Kids is a place where you can make a diffrence both in the lives of others and in your personal life as well.
I was volunteering in a school partnership program and some of the children from this particular school had never been in a barn or even seen a real live horse. They were scared silly yet by the end of their eight week session they didn't want to get off the horse! What a celebration we had....does a body good! There are too many stories to tell that would bring you to tears and I mean happy tears..... You have to see for yourself!
I went to volunteer and received so much joy each and every time I volunteered. Equi-Kids' facility is such a wonderful home for the horses. The horses are cared for lovingly. The added joy is seeing the excitement on the faces of those that are part of the lessons. Such special people that have the opportunity to enjoy the comfort of a horse. It was such a transformation as they got on their horse. It often brought tears to my eyes as I was able to experience this every time I walked along with them and the horse. The Horses are incredible as they seem to sense their role in opening the world to these special people.
I've been volunteering at Equi-Kids for over a year, and it is by far the cleanest, coolest, and most inspirational barn I have ever been to. I've grown so much as a person, working alongside the horses and the wonderful riders. All of the staff and volunteers are great people at heart, and it's a wonderful organization that deserves praise. I hope to continue helping out and doing what I can for this fantastic place.
Equi-kids has been an important part of my daughter Lillian's life for several years now. Everything is amazing there, but most importantly, the people. Those volunteers who have worked with Lillian know how much she loves her time on the horses.
The feeling of freedom is what I think is the best for Lillian. As parents of a special needs child who requires assistance with most everything, it's so wonderful to have an organization like Equi-kids that she can participate in.
Thank you all,
David, Rachel, and Lillian