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Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship

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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

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Debbie210

Client Served

Rating: 5

Saddle Light center has been a part of our lives for some ten plus years.
Our daughter, Robin enjoys her weekly ride and time spent with her horse, King.
Saddle Light offers so much more than therapeutic horseback riding.
Robin has become more vocal through the years and has learned to follow
directions and guide her horse appropriately.
The social aspect has been a great asset also; we enjoy yearly visits to the zoo and to
Morgans Wonderland, courtesy of Saddle Light center and other local agencies.
Kerstin Fosdick, director of SLC also hosts a yearly dinner where she recognizes all of her students and the volunteers who make this program possible.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Fosdick and all of her staff for all they do in support of the special needs community of San Antonio.
Blessings
Timothy, Debbie and Robin Moore


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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

My daughter really looks forward to her weekly appointment at the Saddle Light Center. She loves horseback riding and we see her reaching her goals in this fun therapy environment. She's been able to improve her core strength, posture, balance, agility, etc. The therapists are very knowledgeable and dedicated, and the volunteers are simply the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the Saddle LIght Center is a wonderful experience. The students, the horses, and all of the folks that help run the center create such joy. The Center is a lovely blend of man and animal working together toward the health of the mind and body. Enrichment for all!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with the director, staff, volunteers, clientele, and horses at SLC! It is a place where people can find a true and genuine place to work together, help each other, and effectively help children and others improve their lives and abilities thru the relationship and activity shared with some heartwarming, and gentle giants(horses). I am Blessed to be welcomed to participate in this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson receives services at The Saddle Light Center. He is unable to communicate and therefore his grandfather is writing these comments. The center managed by Kerstin Fosdick is a professional; well mannered and calm. She listens to one's concerns and takes action as it is all about the rider-the person unable to defend him/herself. My grandson looks forward to ride his horse every week. He really enjoys his time on the horse because his instructor and volunteers are a crucial part to his riding success. I appreciate everyone's patience and for taking care of not only my grandson but all the other riders as well. I hope this organization continues to operate for many more years. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to thank you!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saddle Light provides such a positive environment for children to improve their lives by working with horses. Kerstin provides an excellent structure for the program and goes above and beyond to ensure the horses are kept happy and healthy so they can be the best therapy partners for the kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the enthusiasm of everyone who is involved - Kerstin, the Executive Director and her team of amazing volunteers deliver a life-changing experience for the riders and the families. THANK YOU for being great stewards of the resources you have.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a side walker and personally see the benefits for the kids sometimes even after 10 minutes into the therapy or even in a few months. And the kids always look forward to seeing their horse and interacting with them!

Madison T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a such a friendly and wonderful place. I volunteer every Saturday morning with the horse for over a year now and, always have such a great time and always look forward to volunteering here every week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a still relatively new volunteer, this equine therapy center has been one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences of my life. As a student at UTSA, it is incredible to escape the stress and commotion of college and go spend my time around beautiful horses, charismatic volunteers, and inspiring riders. The volunteer work provides plenty of important and humbling skills and lessons and every volunteer and staff member is happy to help you grow. The horses are all amazingly well mannered in a way that allows people new to volunteering with horses feel more comfortable as they learn the ropes. Hearing the laughter of kids as they have a fun ride and listening to some kids speak words and learn new riding commands for the first time is an experience that would make the volunteering worth it on its own. This center is truly a gift to the San Antonio area and I would recommend it to anyone, either for therapy or as a volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at The Saddle Light Center for several years. It is a place that provides horse therapy for special needs children and adults. The riders enjoy the independence of being on the horse which they may not otherwise have. Learning to ride a horse and having contact with these beautiful, gentle creatures benefits them physically, emotionally and psychologically. Tight muscles and ligaments start to relax, posture improves, core strengthens and confidence soars! They can experience one of the most rewarding and fun activities of life in horse riding. The many volunteers assisting them provide support and encouragement to the rider and to their family.This support hopefully eases their stress a little. Kerstin is a Physical therapist and trained horse therapist . Kerstin is in charge and takes great care to plan lessons for the riders to provide them the most benefit. She is wonderful with the riders encouraging them with compassion and making it fun for them too. The horses receive excellent care too and Kerstin works long hours to ensure their health and safety. I have been so blessed and privileged to volunteer at The Saddle Light Center. I have made new friends and get to be with horses and be involved in this wonderful place which has a positive impact on the lives of those that really need it. Anne Daly

Lois H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2010, and have been working with several students that were already riding! The staff, volunteers and the horses are a very dedicated group, and love what they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy back in 2013; she has a problem on her right leg and also with balance. After researching on the internet we found The Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship and applied right away. We couldn’t be happier with everybody at the center. Since the first therapy session I could see improvement on my daughter’s walking. As I mentioned before, everybody is so nice with my daughter. They’d really care about people, always giving their best.
Melisa Alatorre
San Antonio, TX

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves Cinnamon.
He looks forward to see him.

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.