High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
36 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme CT 06371

Tax ID/EIN: 06-0987749
Year Founded: 1974
Last Updated 2016-10-07

Public Charity

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a MESSENGER. Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance.

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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involving horses that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
To improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. We strive to provide a challenging yet secure environment in which to experience not only physical and occupational therapy but also freedom, mobility and accomplishment thereby gaining independence and building self esteem. Additionally, our underlying mission is to offer our programs to everyone who might benefit from them, regardless of financial means.

Horse-related programs:
High Hopes programs and services include therapeutic riding lessons, unmounted equine learning programs, carriage driving, summer camps, instructor training certification courses, on-site workshops and other educational opportunities.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers help with general maintenance, repairs and improvements of the facility, including fencing.

Special Events
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with production during the various fundraisers and special events that High Hopes holds each year.

Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers assist with word processing, data entry, photocopying, bulk mailings and other support tasks. They also serve as receptionists and help answer phone calls.

Equine Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers work directly with barn staff to help feed and care for the horses and the facility. Volunteers in the equine program should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time each week and must first attend a general volunteer orientation and training session.

Equine Learning Coach
Minimum Age: 14
Assist staff in teaching unmounted horsemanship skills such as grooming and horse care. Additional training is provided.

Carriage Driving Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers attend a general volunteer orientation and training session, then attend a training session with the driving instructor. Driving volunteers include horse handlers and able- bodied whips.

Lesson Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (sidewalking) during classes. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week and are required to attend a general volunteer orientation and training session.

Wish List Items

High Hopes Wish List
Commercial grade, energy efficient clothes dryer; Muck Buckets; Gift certificates at tack and feed stores; Helmets; Hand Tools (i.e., shovels, rakes, hammers, etc.); Cleaning Supplies; Office Supplies; Fence mower - Barn manager will provide specifications upon request; Snow Blower