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Maryland Salem Children's Trust, Inc.



Maryland Salem Children's Trust, Inc.
605 Salem Dr.
Frostburg MD 21532
301-689-8176

Tax ID/EIN: 52-1151566
Year Founded: 1978
Last Updated 2016-03-30

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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.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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

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.

2% 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:
The Maryland Salem Children\'s Trust Inc., located at the Salem Equestrian Centre, provides a home and education for children who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. At the Equestrian Centre we teach the art of horsemanship with a therapeutic focus. Lessons in Dressage, Hunters, Western, and Trail Riding are all offered.

Horse-related programs:
The Salem Equestrian Center (S.E.C.) has been an accredited riding facility through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) since 2000. We employ highly experienced and educated CHA certified instructors who confidently instruct riders in a variety of disciplines. <br/><br/>As a subsidiary of the Maryland Salem Children’s Trust Inc. (www.mdsalem.org), which provides a “home, family, counseling and education to children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned,” we work mainly with at-risk and special needs youth from across the state of Maryland. <br/><br/>We provide a safe, therapeutic and encouraging environment in which to learn the art of horsemanship and benefit from the sport of riding. <br/><br/>Mounted lessons are offered in: English and Western Pleasure, Beginner Hunt Seat Equitation over fences, Dressage and Trail Riding. Un-mounted lessons are offered in basic equine ground work, training, massage and care. All lessons are tailored to equip individuals for success in life. <br/><br/>Our instructors apply basic equine assisted learning techniques, fostering a unique environment wherein participants learn a combination of horsemanship and valuable life skills. This includes developing appropriate social and communicational skills, the importance of responsibility and personal care, appropriately leading and empowering others, and improving focus and perseverance in reaching goals. The Salem Equestrian Center’s desire is to bring physical, cognitive and psychological gains to every participant. <br/><br/>We are currently expanding and adapting our programs and facilities to include professional Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Hippotherapy programs available to our surrounding community in Western Maryland.

Non-horse-related programs:
The Salem Equestrian Center and its Horsemanship Programs are just a small part of The Maryland Salem Children's Trust Inc. (Salem). The Salem Campus is located on 380 acers in Garrett County, Western Maryland. Its primary purpose is to offer a home, family, counseling and education to youth who have been abused, neglected and abandoned. Salem has a Residential Program, Educational Program, Therapy Programs, and a Summer and Extended School Year Program.

Salem’s Residential Program is licensed by the MARYLAND EPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES. Youth accepted into this program are typically referred by the Department of Social Services or the Department of Juvenile Services. Salem also considers private pay/boarding school placements.

The Salem School is approved by the MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and provides full-day Special Education Services and Type III Regular Education Transition Services.

Salem’s Extended School Year Program (ESY), provides summer academic support along with a range of therapeutic and recreational activities such as the teaching of independent living skills, horseback riding, crafts and sports.

Salem's Summer Program includes youth in residence at Salem, and may also include Salem School students who qualify for ESY Services or youth funded by the community. This program is tailored yearly and has included a Therapeutic Wilderness Program, traditional summer activities like recreational sports, horseback riding, gardening, and arts and crafts, volunteer and service learning activities with local organization such as Habitat for Humanity, a life skills class, and summertime academic support.

Individual and Group Therapy Programs are incorporated throughout Salem. Therapy for each student is as unique as the student themselves. Individualized Education Plans present the School Social Worker with a prescribed avenue for individual or group therapy. Speech-Language and occupational therapies, as well as psychiatric services, are available on a contractual basis as needed.

In addition Salem also has two therapy dogs that are part of both the Education and Equestrian Programs. Molly and Ella are certified through Therapy Dog International (TDI) and provide a cheerful presence in our programs and help students to process their emotions in a gentle way.


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Wish List Items


4 Jumps, Cavaletti, Trot Poles, Gate, Bridge, Etc.

Surcingles/Bareback Pads For Therapeutic Riding

Gator Utility Vehicle
A Gator Utility Vehicle would greatly benefit the Salem Equestrian Center as we currently use wheelbarrows to cart hay to our various pastures which are spread out over our 380 acre campus. Our hay barn is also about a quarter of a mile across campus from our barn. We currently depend on other staff to keep our small hay room stocked with hay almost daily. The gator would ease the load of our barn manager and allow her to focus more energy working with the children in our program.

Ramp For Mounting Disabled Individuals