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Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities Inc

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Equestrian, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care, Sports, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, Inc. strives to offer a meaningful experience that will enhance wellness, build life skills and bring great joy and self-esteem to children, adults and families with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional or socioeconomic special needs. We do this by providing funding for equine (horse), animal assisted activities, agricultural and environmental learning opportunities, and the development and implementation of innovative, beneficial projects. We believe that in fostering the wellness and independence that develops through the beneficial relationships between people, animals and the environment we can make a positive impact on our community and its future.

Results: Since the official beginnings of our program in 2009, we have grown from 8 clients served over a summer session to more than 60 clients weekly over 40 weeks each year. Our program has expanded to include Hippotherapy, Advanced Adaptive Riding, Equine Experiential Education, and Breast Cancer Support and Rehabilitation. More than 95% of all participants will receive their services through scholarships. It is our mission to serve all those who will benefit, regardless of their ability to pay. We have an incredible team of therapy horses including those from loving homes with accomplished show histories, those with special needs who have come here to rehabilitate and learn a new job, and those who found themselves facing the tragic plight that so many of our American horses do...neglect, abuse, or potential slaughter in a Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouse. We work with several excellent rescues, equine professionals, compassionate individuals and a network of supporters who feel deeply committed to helping us reach our goal to help horses help humans.

Target demographics: Children and Adults with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional or socioeconomic special needs. We specialize in pediatric Hippotherapy and Early Intervention programming

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 children and adults will benefit from a full year (40 weeks) of Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding and Hippotherapy

Geographic areas served: The Southern Tier of NY and Northern Tier of PA including Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Cortland, Tompkins and Chemung counties in NY and Tioga, Susquehanna and Bradford counties in PA.

Programs: Adaptive (Therapeutic) Riding and Horsemanship Hippotherapy Equine Facilitated Learning Social Skills Programs Books in the Barnyard Literacy Project

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