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Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Equestrian, Health, Health Care, Sports

Mission: To provide people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a program of individualized equestrian instruction in a safe and supportive, eco-friendly family farm environment. We provide opportunities for the professional development of our instructors and volunteers, as well as ongoing training of our equines for therapeutic horsemanship and other equine-assisted activities.

Target demographics: children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or disorders

Geographic areas served: Howell, NJ

Programs: Instruction in all areas of horsemanship including horseback riding, carriage driving, grooming, tacking, equine care, and familiarization with basic horse knowledge.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Celtic Charms from the very beginning. I have watched countless students, parents, volunteers, and friends come through these doors and have seen first hand the magic of this place. Celtic Charms provides a wonderful link between horses and special needs. I have always been a horse person and now I am here working on the facility and I am lucky that I get to see the benefit first hand.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am always blown away by how many good people volunteer precious time at Celtic Charms -- but then after you spend a little time there and see how magical what they do is -- it all becomes clear. As a non-profit everything donations and they need every single dollar we can find to help them continue to provide children and adults with disabilities a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment to learn horseback riding while addressing other challenges. You really just have to see it!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The facility is a beautiful clean safe environment for people and animals alike. All the animals are very well cared for, and the staff is not only competent but friendly. They care deeply about their mission. It's a pleasure to work in that envirnment!

2 Coach Dillon

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Celtic Charms afforded my Adaptive Physical Education students an incredible experience.
We brought our class which has students with ASD, downs syndrome, CP and other physical challenges to Celtic Charms for a class trip. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable and was capable of tending to every specific need of each child. When we arrived at Celtic Charms, we were greeted by a cheerful staff as all of our medical clearance waivers were checked thoroughly. Because we had a larger class, we were divided into three groups. One group attended a tour of the beautiful farm, where we learned about all of the animals and the inter-workings of a horse farm. The second group had a "hands on" petting experience with a pony named "Merlin' as we read him a book.
The third group was taken into the ring to "saddle up" where two very experienced instructors helped alleviate any doubts about getting on a horse as they instructed the students on the necessary basics of riding. Students were able to ride their horse (with walkers) around the ring until they were comfortable enough to go trail riding.
Our students can't stop talking about their trip to Celtic Farms and keep asking when we are going back.
This organization is truly exemplary of what a non profit should be providing for its target group...a beautiful, safe, facility... an experienced, trained staff... and a memory to last a lifetime for it's visitors.
Thank you so much for allowing us to share in the joy of therapeutic horsemanship at its best!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kudos to Celtic Charms and the great work they do. As a long-time professional equestrian and show barn owner, I was astonished when I first visited Celtic Charms. The pristine facility, the well groomed and cared for horses, and most of all, the accomplishments of their students are all nothing short of amazing. I have helped Celtic Charms with shows, and have sent my students there to volunteer at various events. I even sent them a lesson pony because I trust Celtic Charms to take great care of him and I strongly believe in their important program.