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Gaits of Harmony Therapeutic Riding

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Equestrian, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Sports

Mission: Gaits of Harmony provides all people with opportunities to educate, enrich and empower themselves in order to cope with the challenges of their daily lives through interaction with horses.

Results: Believing that interaction with horses has a therapeutic value for all people; Gaits of Harmony will serve thirty clients and involve members of the community to help serve its mission. Gaits of Harmony is a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int’l) and will operate its program under PATH Int’l standards and guidelines.

Target demographics: Gaits of Harmony provides all people

Geographic areas served: Saunderstown Rhode Island

Programs: opportunities to educate, enrich and empower themselves in order to cope with the challenges of their daily lives through interaction with horses.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

An absolutely amazing nonprofit that I have the pleasure of volunteering for. The work they do to enhance the lives of children and adults is incredible!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. The staff are educated and compassionate, the horses are well trained and sweet. It's the dedication and heart of the team at Gaits of Harmony that has changed many lives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with riding as well as therapeutic riding for over twenty years. It may be hard for people who are not horse enthusiasts to understand how valuable and successful a program like this can be. People of all ages and challenges can benefit and learn so much from spending time around qualified, caring staff and these wonderful, loving animals. It has been my pleasure to witness the "magic" first hand at Gaits of Harmony recently. This is a nonprofit which truly deserves your consideration and support.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Gaits of Harmony is a wonderful organization, doing very important work! What a fantastic, passionate group of staff and volunteers!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Best nonprofit around, everybody involved from volunteers to board members focus is on the clients and helping them get what they need out of their time at the barn.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place, I can't say enough good things about the staff and the horses here. Amazing to see the results of the program, and the joy of all who visit!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member of this wonderful organization, I can attest to the scrupulous ethics that rule every action behind the scenes. As a PATH registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, I have worked in this field for over 20 years and can truly say this is a committed, enthusiastic group of professionals and volunteers totally dedicated to improving the lives of others.

3 Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of serving as a Board Member for this amazing organization and can't say enough about it. All the staff, volunteers and the animals form an team like no other. They break through and bring out things in these riders that amazes everyone involved.

Previous Stories
8

Board Member

Rating: 5

Due to my physical disabilities I am unable to be a side walker during a lesson so my way of giving back is to help in the background. I serve on the Board of Directors and help to keep this wonderful organization going. I have been involved with therapeutic riding for the last 5 years and it still amazes me every day as to how much this therapy helps both the riders and the volunteers. Non verbal clients leave talking and singing, unsettled clients leave calm and those with physical disabilities are gaining core strength and balance. The volunteers also reap the benefits by being witness to these miracles unfolding. It is so rewarding. Our volunteers and donors are what helps us to help others.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit that works very hard. The staff, volunteers, riders, and board members go above and beyond to ensure that safety and fun are met in all aspects of the farm life. As a spouse of a staff member I see the daily labor, sweat, tears, and heart that goes into this program! Thank you everyone!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best non-profit in all of Rhode Island in my humble opinion.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

The group of board members and volunteers that make up the staff are among the most professional, energetic and caring group of individuals I have known. A top run organization who’s main goal is helping those in need.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter is involved with Gaits of Harmony and I have had the good fortune of hearing the many great achievements made by their clients. I have heard from the parents sharing the strives that their child has made due to the therapy. It is definitely an organization that I love to support!!

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I love what this organization is doing to bring joy back into the lives of their clients and families. They have a great program and follow PATH standards with great instructors and volunteers. Keep up the good work!!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend volunteers at Gaits of Harmony and it has not only changed her life but also has had great rewards for the children and their families!! What a wonderful place!!
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8

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is something magical about the love affair between little girls and horses. My daughter was no exception and at 9 years old her birthday present of choice was a riding package. Each year she would be delighted to find another series of lessons among her birthday gifts. However, due to the reckless choice of another, her dreams of riding horses ended before her 13th birthday. In fact, all of our hopes and dreams were shattered when she was struck by a hit and run drunk driver while walking home from her school bus.
A traumatic brain injury left her unable to walk, to talk or to eat. This active little girl now relied on others for her every need. Her life, now void of horses and other things little girls love to do, was filled with doctors appointments, durable medical equipment and therapies.
Until that is, Pat O’Leary and Gaits of Harmony entered our lives. Working with my daughter for 2 years to increase her trunk and head control, September 22nd she rode again.
As a mom who has watched her child struggle not only to thrive but to survive for the past 12.5 years, the sight of seeing my child back on a horse evoked such strong emotion. In addition to the benefits she will receive from the movement and the sensory input of riding, we have renewed hope.
Just last week as she was riding back towards the ramp we were gifted with a giggle and a great big smile. I never thought I would get to witness my child experience the joy of riding again. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of a committed group, I can - at Gaits of Harmony.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with most of the staff at Gaits at a now closed therapeutic riding organization, and they are truly the cream of the crop that moved onto a wonderful place to share their talents!

7

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a marvelous facility with great people and very gentle horses. The instructors are extremely professional and the volunteeers are very caring and careful people. If you are contemplating using their services, rest assured that you are in good hands--oth literally and figuratively.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work of Gaits of Harmony. LIz, her crew, and volunteers are committed to reaching as many folks as possible. They work hard at raising funds to keep their work going...more people need to know about their contributions to our communities.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This non profit is amazing.they work very hard to earn every penny and this organization deserves a lot of recognition!!! Liz is an amazing instructor and her team of volunteers is amazing! Love you guys!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone on staff and all of the volunteers are truly passionate about what they do! Great program!