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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to provide equestrian therapy for children, teenagers and adults with neurological, orthopedic, learning, emotional or other disabilities.

Target demographics: Disabled persons

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60 riders per week

Geographic areas served: San Antonio and the Surrounding Areas

Programs: Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has received the service for over 7 years and he is thoroughly enjoying the lessons. The instructors and volunteers are very attentive to his needs and they go extra miles to make everything right for him. I have nothing but great kudos for them!!!!

Michelle373

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been doing therapy at the Saddle Light Center for over 5 years now. It is a fantastic experience for her. She started when she was a little over two years old. Now, she cheers each time I tell her that it's horseback riding day. She has no idea of the therapeutic benefit she is getting from her riding, but I can see the improvement in her core strength, walking, and speech from her riding each week. The socialization with the volunteers and the horses also adds her to development. Kerstin Fosdick is the guiding force behind the whole center, and what a blessing she is to everyone who is touched by the Saddle Light Center. I highly recommend this activity for any child who could use a positive boost to their self-esteem, social skills, or physical strength.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Saddle Light Center has been a tremendous help to my daughter in her development. Kerstin and the rest of the staff are wonderful. The whole program helps the kids with both mental and physical development and is an incredible experience for the kids to get to interact with the horses. Elizabeth shouts with delight each time I tell her it's time to go ride! This is such a worthwhile effort and benefits so many great kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the Saddle LIght Center for two years, but the center has given me far more benefit than I have given it. Every time I go to help, I am physically, emotionally, and spiritually recharged by the synergy among the staff, the horses, and the riders. Holding the reins, Kirsten Fosdick guides everyone with amazing expertise and compassion. What a positive growing experience this organization provides for all of us!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering with them for a few months but I have never seen a more organized, nor a more caring center where clients, the horses and the volunteers are all treated with the utmost respect. It is immaculately clean, with everything so clearly marked that we volunteers would be hard pressed to put something in the wrong place! And the tender care, and personal care they offer to each client and to their horses is exemplary.

I knew right away that this experience was going to be as much a benefit to me as it is to them, perhaps more so. If you came in thinking you had a problem in your life, the courage and dedication of the parents of these disabled children humbles you in an instant. Again, the learning and the compassion goes both ways at Saddle Light. We leave enriched, and what a delight to be around horses again! I am so glad I found them! Pat gonser

Malachi2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is disabled both physically and mentally. He can not walk or talk but he can ride a horse. This is all because of The Saddle Light Center. They are both friendly and compassionate. In addition to able to accommodate his needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since November 2016 and I absolutely love it. My role as a volunteer is to help prepare the horses prior to lessons and side walking along side the horse/child during lessons. The children during their lessons learn stability, strength, and concentration/mind exercise. It is wonderful to see improvements/growth after every lesson. It truly is a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful organization; working along side other volunteers and spending time with the horses, but most of all I love working with the children and the smiles they share.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kerstin manages this organization in a totally professional manner. She ensures the client receives the maximum service possible. The client is treated with dignity and utmost respect. I suspect if it weren't for the volunteers this program would not survive. I'm very appreciative for all the volunteers who give up their precious time to be with these special needs persons-there are people that care. Thank you for what you are doing!

Samantha97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very encouraging and supportive with both the students and volunteers. They will make a new volunteer feel welcome and offer advice whenever they see its needed to help the volunteers grow.

Macy A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

amazing place and amazing people! Instructors have great insight in the care for the children.

Diane213

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an excellent nonprofit organization. It is run by very caring, compassionate, knowledgable and dedicated people. The horses are treated with tender loving care and the clients are treated with dignity and respect and a whole lot of love. It has been my pleasure and a gift to my soul to be able to volunteer with The Saddle Light Center. I think it has helped me more than I have helped them.