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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: A faith based organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine related activities to enhance the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of individuals.

Programs: Therapeutic horseback riding- This program enables children and adults with disabilities to experience independence during their lessons for perhaps the only part of their day. Direct physical benefits are also seen in strengthening of muscles, prevention of bone weakness, building of coordination and memory skills, and improvement of posture, balance, mobility and muscle tone. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) – Horses with Hope was the first organization to introduce Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs in Southwestern PA. EAL is a form of experiential therapy which has been growing steadily in popularity because of its unique effectiveness and efficiency. It is a role play method through which past, present and future issues can be resolved. The learning curriculums we use, developed by Strides to Success, are research based, incorporating academic standards, character education (Respect, Honesty, Trust, etc) and coinciding with the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets while utilizing equine assisted activities in an interactive farm setting. The Strides learning model core philosophy is that lesson plans are the heart of the program and should be strength based, address academics, promote developmental assets, teach life skills, encourage positive behavior, and can be evaluated. Individuals participate in non-riding activities partnered with horses. These activities are designed to identify the necessary skills that students need to incorporate into their lives to make better choices and have positive outcomes.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter with multiple disabilities has been riding horses here for 5 years. It is a great opportunity for her to have fun while working on her balance & strength. Anne and the volunteers are wonderful and truly care for our children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been riding with HWH for several years now and while he does not love having to go to therapy, he enjoys the change/variety of therapeutic riding.
Anne and the volunteers are wonderful!
It is always great to hear about generous donors and local businesses that donate to make the riding experience better for the riders and their families.

Donna238

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Horses With Hope has been great. This non-profit equestrian therapy is a big hit with our daughter. She loves being around horses and this allows her to exercise in ways that she normally wouldn't. For example, we have a hard time having her sit up straight and have good posture, but when she is on the horse she has great posture. She also feels empowered when she can guide the horse by herself. The Staff help encourage the riders to continue to improve and work on strengthening core muscles. Anne is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. :)

Jen_58

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great therapy and good change of pace from my daughter's other activities. She's smiling the whole time she's on the horse. Volunteers and guides are very attentive and make an effort to work on progressing goals each week.

Heather236

Client Served

Rating: 5

Therapy that my son looks forward to each week. Very kind volunteers and a wonderful staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Horses With Hope this year. It has been an amazing experience. As an educator for 25 years, I am tremendously impressed with the care and attention given to each detail of this operation. It is so rewarding to see the ebulient faces of the riders as they interact with the horse and the walkers. Anne has done an excellent job of making the sensory trail fun and engaging. I have loved every moment there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer at Horses With Hope. Anne Davis gives her entire heart to this organization and works around the clock to support her students. Safety is her number #1 concern and the students are able to grow and develop so much in a safe environment. Thank you for all that you do, Anne!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The volunteers are super caring & make the experience fun & safe for everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I learned about Horses with Hope, I was so excited-because I had an activity that I could do for my 8 year old grandson, who has autism. It is very difficult to find any activity to do with him, and I thought this would be a great grandma-grandson thing to do. Anne is fantastic and treats everyone--the riders, caregivers or parents, volunteers, etc., with the utmost kindness and respect. She is patient and loving with the riders and to have people treat my grandson as the unique individual that he is means everything! The volunteers are wonderful and my grandson has benefited from Horses with Hope! I will continue to take him riding and I highly recommend Horses with Hope to everyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at other therapeutic riding programs and this one is definitely heads above the rest. For starters the horses are given the best care, the facility is so clean and safety is ALWAYS a main concern. Volunteers are veted and constantly given instruction. You can hear the children laughing because programs are constructed not only for a cognitive experience, but for FUN! Programs are designed to help build muscle strength, balance and breathing, but also to build confidence, self esteem, camaraderie. I have seen so many children and adults benefit from this program whether they had a special need physically, mentally or emotionally. The program managers are loving, caring people. ALL the volunteers are the most wonderful people I have ever worked with. What more can I say - Horses With Hope is awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization as a volunteer for over 5 years. This organization is a God send to all who are involved, volunteer and riders alike. Anne Davis, the Director, is a saintly woman and the angel who directs the entire program. This organization is worth your support prayerfully and financially.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Horses With Hope for about 5 months and I can't say enough good things about the organization and it's phenomenal leaders! While assisting the kids as they ride, it's so touching to watch their faces light up and hear them giggle as they interact with the dedicated horses. The therapeutic relationship with the horses allows kids with speech or physical disabilities overcome boundaries, encourages healing, and improves their confidence/self-esteem. It is an amazing and rewarding experience and I am blessed to be part of this unique opportunity, working with great horses and wonderful kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horses with Hope is a great place to volunteer and just ask any of the kids...it's a great place to learn about horses, self-esteem, courage and friendship. I think that it does so much for these kids...they get opportunities that others only dream about. These horses can sense things both in the volunteers and the children, it's amazing. Our leader Anne is the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horses with Hope truly provides a wonderful experience to both volunteers and riders. For the riders it helps them overcome their disabilities and be able to do something that kids that are not in their situation are able to do. For the volunteers it gives experience working with horses as well as and uplifting feeling through helping those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was never much of a horse person, and Anne talked me into helping her. Boy am I ever thankful! One time, there was a little boy who couldn't hold onto the swings at home. Well, after only 2 sessions, he came back so happy that he could ride the regular swings at home! We all have issues in our lives, but after volunteering here, I realize what I deal with is minor compared to so many other people! God has blessed us all with this wonderful non-profit! The families, workers who bring children here, the volunteers are so blessed to be able to help here!

Jackie65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here about 3 years ago. Horses with Hope is an amazing organization.
Everyone who volunteers or who becomes involved with the program is changed in some way. It is a place where individuals who are challenged whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally can go to improve their lives in some way. To see the riders every session and watch them change is so rewarding . The connections that are made between riders , volunteers and horses are remarkable! Horses with hope is my Happy Place to be!