My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for M A R E Riding Center, Bakersfield, CA, USA
I have the honor of saying I've been involved with M.A.R.E. for 25 years. Seen as an unconventional form of therapy, equine therapy is an incredible thing to experience no matter the capacity. Whether as a student, a volunteer, parent, instructor, or therapist, what unfolds during a lesson is something to behold. M.A.R.E. is an extrodinary program. I grew up in an environment where differences were celebrated and miracles happened on horseback. A young girl who struggled to control her body without assistance was able to take reins and maneuver a 1200 pound animal through an obstacle course. A blind man cantered perfect cirlces by listening to an instructors voice for directions. A woman injured in an accident was told she would never walk again; she now mounts her equine partner unassisted and rides unincummbered. Veterans, suffering from PTS, form partnerships with giant four legged friends who never judge them and somehow quielty sense thier need for companionship. For so many who may otherwise suffer quietly, their weekly lesson at M.A.R.E. is a shinning beacon of hope and inclusion. Horses have a spirit that, if given the chance, will build a person up and not tear them down like so much of the rest of the world. M.A.R.E. provides that opportunity. From the education of their volunteers, community involvement, level of professionalism, horsemanship, and determination to help provide funding for students, I remain dedicated to M.A.R.E. We help change lives one stride at a time, and I am darn proud of that.