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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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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer and a board member, since 2014. I've also donated a Haflinger pony to the program, and he is doing very well there, and showing all who participate and observe, what the therapeutic power of the horse can do for people of all abilities. Equi-Ed does a tremendous service for its students and is run as tightly as any non-profit I've ever worked with. I've seen students walk better, have better balance, better fine and gross motor skills, and even begin to use words and converse, after their riding experiences. Simply the best!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What impresses me most about Equi-Ed is the level of dedication and commitment demonstrated by our staff and our cadre of volunteers (many of whom are teenagers!). No detail is left to chance when it comes to supporting our students and taking care of our horses. Each student, most of whom are children, is given the respect and encouragement they deserve and treated as an individual with their own level of abilities and needs. Our instructors amaze me in their knack for challenging, yet supporting each student and the results are there to see. As a volunteer, I work with students weekly and their progress in confidence and ability is plain to see. As a board member, I am privileged to work with such a group of dedicated, caring people and look forward to serving our community to an even greater extent in the years to come!