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Review for Square Peg Foundation, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been riding at Square Peg Foundation for about 3 years. While we love the horses, the real reason we continue is because of the positive attitudes and nurturing environment offered at Square Peg. Director Joell Dunlap is calm, friendly, positive, unflappable, careful, responsible, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. She teaches much more than just the riding, including horse care and nutrition. The students tack the horses before and after the lesson (including brushing and hoof care), help with feeding, etc. The lesson is designed to be 1.5 hours long (but frequently goes longer -- the kids don't want to leave). At the ranch they have beautiful, well-cared for horses. Many are race-horse rescues with some amazing stories! There are also cats, dogs, goats, ponies -- it's just a fun, relaxing place to be. Square Peg has room for everyone -- kids with special needs, homeschooled kids, parents, whoever needs a chance to realize their own strengths and build confidence. The same applies to the horses. Square Peg finds a home and purpose for horses that have been considered useless by former owners.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daughter's increasing confidence in herself, and her desire to have a career with animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

let the best instructors just teach, and have an administrator run the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive, encouraging atmosphere, and clear goals set by the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

responsible, friendly, calm and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more children and horses, and reach out to a larger population.

Ways to make it better...

the director had more time with the students and animals, and didn't have to do so much paperwork.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of a dedicated administrator -- the director's talent at teaching is being lost as she tries to handle all the administration as well.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Square Peg is doing very important work that more people should know about.

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Role:  Client Served & My daughter gained confidence in herself, and learned a great deal about horsemanship.