My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Riding with HEART, Pittstown, NJ, USA
I have been volunteering at Riding with Heart for almost a year. I am simply amazed that there are only 2 full time people that run all these programs, give lessons, care for the horses and make a difference in mentally and physically handicapped children and adult's lives every time they visit.
Along with many volunteers, Chris Baxter (the program director) and Jesse Willet (Riding instructor and Barn manager) take wonderful care of the 11 super horses and also tend to the individual needs of the students attending the program.
Chris individualizes each program to fit the special needs of the students and after a few hesitant introductions to ENORMOUS horses, they leave with confidence and smiles on their faces. Chris is patient, but firm when needed to ensure the safety of both the animals and the humans. I have seen many students work through their fear and become confident and happy on the other side, leaving with pride in themselves and stories to share.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Figure out a way for the program to get more funding to pay for the badly needed improvements to the building, and possibly build an indoor
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