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Equi-Ed, Inc.

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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Education, Equestrian, Health, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Special Education, Sports

Mission: Equi-Ed has used the therapeutic power of the horse to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities since 1993. Equi-Ed's Goals: ~ Enhance each student’s educational plan through coordination with school staff and the implementation of activities which support achievement in basic subjects and pre-vocational skills. ~ Improve the students physical, medical, social, and emotional well being through interaction with specially selected horses, in a positive environment which encourages involvement and caring between disabled and non-disabled individuals. ~ Stimulate awareness and understanding of the efficacy of therapeutic riding. ~ Provide professional development and training for individuals in the therapeutic riding industry.

Target demographics: Ages 4 and up

Programs: Equi-Ed offers therapeutic riding, vaulting, horsemanship and competition opportunities to its students.

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26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian program is non-profit, the value to the people they serve is priceless. They are changing lives through the students interaction with horses, the the instructor, and the other riders.
I have volunteered with many organizations, but Equi-Ed is in a class by itself. I am privileged to volunteer as a horse handler, I feed once a week, provide barn help as I am able for various projects, and am a member of the board. I get to see first hand the caring attention to the safety and well being of the riders, horses and volunteers. The instructors are very creative in coming up with fun, safe ways to engage the riders and help them achieve their goals. The staff also works very hard to make sure each horse gets the proper care, exercise, feed and farrier/vet care they need.
Whether you are interested in a Therapeutic Equestrian Program for someone in your life, or if you have a heart to serve with one of the best organizations, it is worth learning more about Equi-Ed, and be sure to let others know about Equi-Ed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Equi-Ed is a therapeutic horseback riding facility that works with clients of all ages that have a disability of some sort. It is truly a pleasure to volunteer for them as they are amazing with their clients giving them the support, encouragement, and confidence they need to participate in the horseback riding classes. The instructors and the support staff are very knowledgeable about what needs to be done to give clients what they need to succeed. This is truly a wonderful and much needed nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing and devoted team work with a herd of happy, healthy horses. The students are excited and eager to be there. Truly a great non profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked at Equi Ed for the last three years, riding and caring for the horses. I have also volunteered in lessons and helped with various events Equi Ed has put on. This is truly a place that changes lives. It is a heartwarming experience to help with lessons and to see the incredible changes in the students. Equi Ed's care and attention to detail is second to none, and the riders are ensured a safe and happy experience every time. I highly recommend becoming a part of this program and experiencing firsthand all the benefits. You will never leave the barn in a bad mood!

1 Debby L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer opportunity when someone told me about equi-ed and how it can help the handicapped. I know how my day improves when I go out to the ranch and 'commune' with the horses so, understood how riding could help not only physically but emotionally. I have now been volunteering for several years, and seen the joy, confidence and physical benefits riding gives to the riders. The English proverb, "There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse. " is so true.
I'm also impressed with the great care the horses receive and with the horses themselves. It takes a special horse to do their job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Equi-Ed a few months ago and find it very rewarding. It is so nice to work with people who care so much about those being served. It's a joy to watch the lessons. I also appreciate the wonderful care given to the horses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer and am so impressed with all the individuals that keep this program going. It takes a lot of very work every day -- and they do it. Probably most important, however, is the care that is given to each student. The satisfaction these students receive from their accomplishments in this program is very evident.

1 Jenn15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Equi-Ed have far surpassed my expectations as a charitable organization. They are thoughtful in their day to day activities. Keep safety for the clients, staff, and horses at their forefront. They are clearly making an impact in the lives of those that choose to spend time at the facility. I'm so grateful for the training they have given me and opportunity to take part as a volunteer. Each and everyday I'm learning at the gentle and patient hand of our leaders.

1 Heather181

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Equi Ed from several months and I enjoy the interactions with the horses and students. I love watching the lessons and the care that the staff and volunteers put into the care of the horses and the people.

1 Mary298

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Equi-Ed and the life changing impact it has on everyone, from the students and their families, to the volunteers.
From day one, as a new volunteer, you are taught through the extensive orientation how to do everything safely. It gives you a new awareness to do all you do with a mind to the safety of the horses and people around you. This awareness becomes a part of you, not only at the barn, but in your everyday lives.
Since first learning about therapeutic horseback riding in high school, it has been a dream of mine to be involved. I was so thrilled to learn about Equi-Ed, and began volunteering just over a year ago. It is truly awesome to be able to witness the interaction of the horses and riders, and to see the confidence and skills building from lesson to lesson. The instructors are exceptional and highly qualified to taylor each lesson to the needs and goals of the student.
Equi-ed is the place to be! As a student, volunteer or supporter, you know you are a part of making a positive difference in countless lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Therapeutic riding has a proved track record of benefiting clients with a wide number of emotional, behavioral, or physical issues. The key to it being an exceptional program has to do with having the dedication and commitment from the staff and volunteers AND wonderful equine partners. Many will talk about the human component in this therapy but the horses are the stars and these horses are well cared for. Equi-Ed also does an amazing job in striving to keep the horses, the riders, and the human handlers safe. The training they provide their volunteers is top notch and is there to insure the best outcome for everyone. I am honored to be a volunteer at Equi-Ed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Equi-Ed for over 5 years now and just love it. I started helping in lessons and was immediately touched by the interaction of students, horses and of course the amazing instructors. Life has changed a bit for me so I now volunteer in a smaller capacity by feeding and cleaning every other Sunday. However, I could not imagine my life without this wonderful organization. I enjoy my time with these incredible horses. How humbling it is to see these big animals be so gentle with their riders and enhance life for those with struggles. I am in awe of the staff who master every day with strength, patience and unlimited kindness. We are so fortunate to have such a resource in our County!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equi-Ed, Inc. is an incredible organization which provides a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in a place that enriches the lives of so many with disabilities. Through a friend I heard about Equi-Ed and I thought I would see if I could help out. I had a personal loss in my life and needed something to fill a great void. With my love for horses and the need to give something back, I decided to try it out. This was over a year ago and I must say I will never be able to give as much as I receive from this outstanding organization. The people who run Equi-Ed are remarkable and inspire me to no end. We have such wonderful volunteers too. Young or not so young we are all there because we feel this place is special and we care about what it provides to so many. The location is stunning in its setting and the peace you feel there stays with you. The horses are incredible and being treated with love, care and great knowledge by staff and volunteers. These gentle animals are used in the lessons after they have been carefully selected and trained. I get to help out in lessons with the children as a horse leader or spotter. It is amazing to see these horses and individuals with disabilities work together. I get very humble and suddenly my daily gripes are just not important anymore, I realize how fortunate I am, and how wonderful life is even with hardship in it. Since Equi-Ed relies on volunteers for horse care as well, I get to feed the horses on Sunday mornings. The program is very well organized and runs so smooth. Thanks to great communication among staff and volunteers lessons are provided during the week and on Saturdays. I am honored to participate in any way needed. I hope Equi-Ed gets the recognition it deserves so very much and with that hopefully more people become aware of this great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a current volunteer with Equi-Ed and can't wait to be up there each week. What I love:
*Volunteers are required to complete extensive training (16+ hours in total) & update each year.
*Consistency of methods / barn rules for safety of students, volunteers/staff, and horses.
*Staff are wonderful and forces of nature! Watching them work is amazing; their knowledge and techniques, humor and patience. More experienced volunteers are friendly and helpful.
*Most of all, students are awe inspiring and it humbles me to be a part of their learning each week.

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1 Jackie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon Equi Ed while looking for somewhere to take horseback riding lessons. Little did I know that I was embarking on a life-changing adventure! I've been volunteering for Equi Ed for about 5 months now and I can honestly say that this program has made a huge impact on my life in such a short time. The work that Equi Ed does with it's students is truly inspiring. As a volunteer, we are able to see first hand how riding horses can have a positive impact on someone with a physical or mental disability. The horses are amazing animals that truly work hard and make a difference in so many lives. The staff and volunteers are absolutely amazing at what they do and put in countless hours to make sure the program is run efficiently and the horses are properly cared for. I absolutely lie being part of such an amazing team and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything!

Joanne15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could write VOLUMES about all the wonderful things that Equi-Ed is. In short though, the Directors and instructors ROCK. Their attention to safety, details, education, fun, and happiness is above and beyond. Never have I met such a selfless group. It is life changing watching the students grow in strength and self-esteem while learing, exercising and having fun. They are the true meaning of champions!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I found Equi-Ed on Craigslist trying to find a way to give back to others during my jobless state and be near horses. Everyone has been helpful, friendly, encouraging, direct, kind and fun. I appreciate that they are keeping me safe and educated around horses. Thank you Sheila, Bev, Max and everyone else who is training me. I appreciate your hard work for others.

Pj L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Equi-Ed since 2008. A friend introduced me to the program and I absolutely love it. I mostly help with the feeding of the horses but have also been involved in lessons. To witness the incredible benefits to the riders is amazing to say the least. I feel very priviledged to be a small part in this amazing program. The instructors and managers are truly special, they never waver in their comittment and love for what they do. The team of students, instructors and horses makes for a program that benefits all involved. As a volunteer I get so much more out of it than I could ever give back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my volunteer work at Equi-Ed in 2008 and couldn't be more impressed with the program. The staff is beyond anything I have experienced, with their love for what they do, their caring as to how it is done and overall strength in believing what they are doing. Students with various disabilities are given a chance to better their daily battles. Then of course there are the horses that make this program so very special indeed. To see a student come to a lesson, bond with the animal and see their smile as they enjoy moving and learning, it just keeps me humble and appreciative. This is such a vital program and I am forever grateful to play a small part in it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Eqiu Ed for 5 yrs. The benefits that therapuitic riding brings to our riders are numerous. A few of those benefits include physical strengthening of core muscles, increase in cognition and coordination, social benefits and happiness as a result of being on our always reliable horses and the joy that comes from a connection with our horses. As a volunteer I have witnessed the benefits our riders recieve and from that I experience joy that I could be a part of it. Equi Ed provides great horses, instructors who enchance the program through their knowledge and experience and keep everyone feeling safe and confident. Continue the great work,Equi Ed. Bev

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter developed hydrocephalus after surgery when she was an infant and has challenges with coordination and balance. One measure of the success of the program for her is that she has stuck with it for 10 years and is motivated to work to pay for her lessons. She says she loves the challenge of controlling the horse and likes the feeling of being so tall. She also greatly enjoys the relationships she has developed with the volunteers and staff.

jacranda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started volunteering at Equi-Ed once a week. I have really enjoyed my experience so far. The staff at Equi-Ed are great to be around. Every week I am being taught more and more about working with horses and the students. I especially enjoy seeing the students gain mastery and I love seeing their smiles while with the horses. The instructors do a great job of meeting each student on their level and they are creative in the lesson times. Each lesson is different and interesting in order to keep the student is intrigued. The instructors are very creative in coming up with games that not only work on therapeutic riding skills but are also educational. The program is well organized and there is a camaraderie between those that work and volunteer there. The horses are very well taken care of and are great with the students. Safety plays a very important roll in the operation of Equi-Ed, which makes me feel safer as a volunteer. The location of the program is serene and it is so enjoyable to come each week to volunteer.

A D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Equi-ed is an amazing program that changes lives on an hourly basis. I am a sign language interpreter and was introduced to the program when I was called to interpret a therapy riding class that a Deaf student was taking. The class had the great pleasure of having Max as the instructor and her energy can really fill a room. It's such a pleasure to interpret for someone who really believes in what they are saying. It was enlightening to get a grip on what therapy riding entailed through the videos and lectures. Another part of the class required a day trip to the facility where the work was being done to view and assist with the program. After arriving at the ranch and spending 6 hours, I was hooked. They announced that they were looking for volunteers and I signed up. I've been going every weekend since. It's definitely a highlite of my week. The clients and therapists come in and do their work on the horses, and lucky me, I get to be a part of it all. I get to witness firsthand the connections, the barriers that are conquered, and the smiles the size of Texas on the faces of the riders. I help out by cleaning the stalls, grooming horses, being a sidewalker and now I'm being trained to be a horse handler. It's truly a privilege to be able to be a part of something that creates positive change immediately. I hope the word gets out and more people have the chance to be a part of this life changing program. This program isn't only healing the disabled clients. I can honestly say that as a non-disabled volunteer, my life has changed as a result of this program. The benefits are not only in the arena, but there's a sense of pride that I carry with me all week knowing that I get a chance to be a part of something truly amazing.