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Kentucky SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center



Kentucky SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center
P.O. Box 11134
Lexington KY 40511
214-949-9579

Tax ID/EIN: 46-4615862
Year Founded: 2014
Last Updated 2016-06-07

Public Charity

**Subordinate of SpiritHorse International Therapeutic Riding Center


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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.

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

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Our Mission is to assist individuals with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses.

Horse-related programs:
Kentucky SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., is a Kentucky Corporation filed on January 23, 2014, with the Kentucky Secretary of State, and is recognized and approved by the IRS as a 501c (3) non-profit organization and tax-exempt corporation. \r\nEIN number: 46-4615862.\r\nSpiritHorse programs serve children and adults with disabilities, abuse histories, and veteran status. We serve a very wide range of disabilities –including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Development Delays, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord injuries, Epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries. \r\nEquine therapy for those with disabilities aides in many ways: acting as a combination of speech, physical and relationship-building therapy, builds skills like balance, physical, speech, sequencing, independence and more to aide in their full scope of development. Our program utilizes movements and activities on the horse that stimulate brain activity that actually works to counteract the deficits of disabilities. By forming these integrated, foundational skills, we help our children have the confidence, independence, and the ability to thrive in their academic, communication and social development; we promote physical health and well-being, and heal the effects of disabilities through our research-based methods. \r\nEquine-Assisted Healthcare Program \r\nThe mounted portion of the therapy session is conducted by a SpiritHorse-certified Instructor according to our research-based, 88-step program. This program is a careful progression through movements and activities on the horse, designed for maximum intervention for different disabilities. While therapy goals are set according to the needs of each individual, in conjunction with parents and other therapists, all students undergo therapy to jumpstart the redevelopment of their affected brain hemisphere, stimulate their vestibular system (which controls balance as well as speech) and build neuro-pathways in the brain.\r\n\r\nIn order to provide this, our step system focuses on developing rhythm and balance, using activities such as balancing as the horse moves in a small circle. By doing so, the brain hemisphere that works to balance the portion of the body on the inside of the circle is stimulated and developed. For individuals with Autism, who have an underdeveloped left hemisphere, we work to stimulate its redevelopment on small, clockwise circles. Our program also utilizes coordinated hand-movements and decision making skills to build connectivity between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

Non-horse-related programs:
Volunteer Services, trained sidewalking on lessons, horse care, horse evaluation and training for lessons, horse clinics.


Volunteer Opportunities


Sidwalker Volunteers To Assist Instructors
Minimum Age: 18
Several Volunteers are needed to become sidewalkers on a lesson to assist the Instructors and riders. Great opportunity to administer and learn more about therapeutic riding lessons. Fall 2016 timeline (Sept-Nov, 2016). Demo and teaching available. Stay with same Instructor, horse, rider weekly. Fun!

Wish List Items


Therapy Horse 15 Hands
Therapy Horse donation needed to give lessons for children with disabilities. Prefer 15 hand horse. Must be bomb proof/very gentle to be a therapeutic horse. Desire retired show ring horses who have been handled all their lives. Prefer a Haflinger Breed. Must have health records and Vet approved for therapy work.

Round Pen Panels (up To 150 Feet)
Round Pen Panels are desperately need to build a 150 foot roundpen with a gate. Must be 50 feet in diameter across. This enables the Instructors to administer the Therapeutic lessons safely within a roundpen, and provide circles and patterns to build cognitive development on children with disabilities. We'd be forever grateful!