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Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship

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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.

Debbie210

Client Served

Rating: 5

Saddle Light Center is doing amazing work with the special needs community in the San Antonio and surrounding area. Our daughter Robin has been a participant for over five years, and looks forward to her weekly session with her horse and the volunteers at Saddle Light Center.
Robin has learned many responsibilities in caring for her horse, to include brushing, feeding, assisting with saddle and rein placement and removal.
Through years of training, Robin has learned the discipline needed to ride and direct her horse through the skilled activities she is asked to perform.
Robin has an S curve in her spine due to Scoliosis and this activity has improved Robin's core body strength and posture.
Kirsten and her staff take great pride in offering this safe, well designed environment where Robin can achieve new goals and have fun with her horse at the same time.
We are so blessed and grateful to be a part of the Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship and hope to see this program thrive in the future.
Thank you for your support of this awesome non profit organization.
Kindly
Debbie Moore
Parent and Legal Guardian of Robin Moore

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Robin has been riding over 7 years and the services provided by Saddle Light have enriched her life. Her vocabulary and posture has continued to improve over the years and she looks forward to her session each and every week. We are thankful for Saddle Light

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great facility with a caring staff and volunteers. They take great care to provide a safe environment for the riders and horses.

Angela193

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a top-notch program. It's run professionally and compassionately, providing quality services in a fantastic environment that is welcoming to the riders, their families, and the volunteers who help out. It's a model for any therapeutic riding program, and a model for any volunteer program. They've really got it all down to a beautiful science.

Bob_118

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer my time. They do outstanding things with the clients they work with. It's an honor to take direction from these people. The care and concern for the clients is admirable. A truely professional bunch of people with hearts of gold.

Adriana K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at The Saddle Light Center because I wanted to give back to the organization who's made such a wonderful and grand impact on our local community, specifically the families of children with special needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer with Saddle Light, but from the very first meeting, I knew that it was a very special place. I've seen so much courage and confidence from the riders, and I feel that it is a real gift to me to be able to be a part of this program. There is love and respect for riders and horses, and I'm proud to be a part of an organization that works so meaningfully for riders and for their families.

Shelly38

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my 6th year as a Saddle Light Center volunteer and it just keeps getting better and better. I see the benefits and rewards of this program for the riders, parents, volunteers and therapists. The therapists are very qualified people and bring a new dimension to our disabled rider's lives. This is such a worthy non-profit. It continues to show me that the world is full of wonder.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was drawn to the non-profit for my love of animals, but also to the fact that these animals are being utilized even after their prime, to help and serve those in need. It is a fabulous well-managed program with great discipline for everyone...volunteers, riders, horses, and families. We all win with this program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a case manager in the Greater San Antonio TX Area. I cannot say enough about what the Saddle Light Center has provided my client. He loves the experience of riding horses and the staff are amazing. His life has been transformed because of the outings to the Saddle Light Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Angel has been riding for 4 years now and he has done amazingly. The volunteers are so good with the kids and Kerstin just goes above and beyond. Thank you!!

Carlos29

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent, kids love to ride the horses and look forward to this weekly activity, staff and volunteers are very dedicated, helpful. In general terms this is a very well managed and organized non profit.