217 Devil Track Rd
Taylorsville NC 28681
Tax ID/EIN: 56-2240160
Year Founded: 2003
Last Updated 2016-05-13
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
85% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
It is the mission of Avalon Farm to provide facilitated programs for self-growth through animals and nature; to facilitate wellness as a way of life; and to assist others in being valued for their contributions to the community.
Avalon’s animals are part of the staff at Avalon: The four horses work with every program participant as part of the Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL) program. EFEL is a growing field, and as it is growing, people are realizing that it is a helpful aid to personal growth and self awareness. Horses are incredibly intuitive animals, and man’s history with horses dates back to the beginning of time. Horses have the ability to mirror human body language and to evoke repressed emotions. This interaction gives program participants immediate feedback, so that they can better identify their emotions and behavioral patterns; and can then process them with more clarity and freedom in Avalon’s safe, non-threatening environment. <br/>Avalon Farm helps anyone who ventures onto the grounds and is open to its inspiration; from individuals and corporations, to non-profit, religious organizations, county schools, colleges and universities, and other farm clients who aspire to learn our model. <br/>The program “Healing with Horses” knows no age limit. Avalon Farm’s horses have carried riders from 1 to 80 years of age. Avalon Farm serves groups with needs as follows:<br/>1. The programs we offer at Avalon Farm actually teach life skills training; vocational rehabilitation for jobs in the future; teach families early intervention signs and triggers for themselves and children, crisis intervention and respite, facilitate prevention and stress management; facilitate wellness programs such as exercise, nutrition, relaxation techniques, yoga, and meditation. Programs are facilitated with the horses and animals. We contract with other professionals with degrees in their particular fields of study which focuses on needs of clients. <br/>2. At-risk children, inner city children, children with certain mental, physical and psychological disorders, like autism, low-self esteem, ADD/ADHD, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or any born with affliction. <br/>3. Adults who are dealing with trust or responsibility issues; battling substance abuse; those in life transitions such as divorce, job change/loss, death; those struggling to develop a stronger sense of self; those with special needs; abuse victims; and/or foster children & parents. Grandparents with responsibility of raising their grandchildren is a huge cultural issue this day. We work with facilitating the generational gap in helping grandparents to re-parent these “today children”. <br/>4. Partnerships to help clients in self sufficiency; developing teamwork; hone communication skills. <br/>5. Healthy youths and adults will also find meaningful rewards at Avalon Farm to carry out in their lives and the community.<br/>Avalon Farm operates in accordance with the legal regulations and highest standards in all relationships with clients, environment and the community.
In addition to the horses, Avalon Farm has many other animals. We are a rescue facility. We have rescued 2 pigs, 2 goats, 3 ducks, a flock of chickens. Throughout the process of our programming, especially with the autistic children, our clients engage with multiple animals through play and therapy.