It's been 13 years since I lost my eyes in the war and suffered other severe permanent injuries. I have gone through countless rehabilitation and therapy programs, never once was I told about Equine therapy until I met the people at Inspire. I had never been around a horse or on one before so I was very nervous. Once I met Bear I realized he was a gentle giant. I could not believe how big he was, for the first 30 mins I brushed him and got to know him. It was a very calming experience, something so majestic and so large just stood there and allowed me to bond with him. When I finally got on Bear I was very nervous, I was unsure of how I would do since I am unable to see. I learned very fast that a Bear would take care of me and have my back just as my fellow Marines would. Inspire Equine Therapy Program is life changing. If you suffer from PTSD or TBI reach out to them, let them help you with your Post Traumatic Growth.
Inspire Equine Therapy horseback riding program is part of PATH International, a certified Therpuetical program helping children and adults with disabilities and all abilities. The setting is spectacular nestled in a neighborhood in mid Pinellas county off Bellair road and US 19. It's providing my daughter with horseback riding and caring for the horses by grooming and cleaning up. It's amazing that a program like this exists in Pinellas county. It's peaceful and the Director Melissa Yarborough is wonderful and her volunteer staff is top notch. My daughter attended a summer camp for the first time in her life because of this locally operated program. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has disabilities!
Honored to be a board member of the Inspire Equine Therapy Program. Melissa Yarborough the Executive Director is truly passionate about Inspire and all the services offered for teens/adults with disabilities, disabled veterans and first responders. Watching her with students during a session is truly uplifting. When one of the students has a body muscle that started out so tight and unbalanced then watching as he listens to Melissa's voice as the horse he is now on begins to walk. He starts to relax and trust the horse and Melissa. The amazing volunteers that come and help do what ever is needed without hesitation. The horses are all well cared and have been perfectly trained for their therapy jobs. Two are trained so that cart driving is a offered service. Overall impressed with everything Inspire does. Would suggest Inspire to everyone that would benefit from their services and say that you would not be disappointed.
I came to the open house to learn more about volunteering and was so impressed that I joined the volunteers every Saturday. this is a great experience and makes me feel good to help others less fortunate than I. all the organizers and other volunteers are extremely knowledgable and helpful. I love being a part of this non-profit organization and I love working with all the horses. I love horses and am fortunate to be able to work and learn more about horsemanship with these knowledgable people. I am grateful to be a part of this group.
Melissa has been my son's therapeutic riding instructor for at least 6 years and driving instructor for 3. He has gone from being a reclusive 11 year old book worm (with too many sensory issues to enjoy the outdoors) to a confident rider and leader among his friends. Now she has started her own program at the beautiful Creek under the Son Stables. We are thrilled to continue his lessons here and help in every way we can. This is a beautiful, extremely well kept facility. These horses are amazing therapy and under Melissa's guidance I truly believe the sky is the limit!