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Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center

Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center
PO Box 1879
Naugatuck CT 06770

Tax ID/EIN: 26-3248176
Year Founded: 2008
Last Updated 2017-04-18

Public Charity

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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.

90%% 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:
Hidden Acres is dedicated to improving the minds, bodies and spirits of children and adults with physical, developmental and emotional needs through equine-assisted activities, in a compassionate environment for all beings.

Horse-related programs:
We provide individual and group sessions that range from weekly 30-minute private to weekly 1.5 hour group sessions. These sessions with the horse take place on the ground and in the saddle, which teaches communication, awareness, empathy and social skills using the horse as a model and motivator. These "life" lessons empower individuals, building confidence and life skills. An initial assessment is conducted where participants are evaluated to determine their individual needs and goals, what resources are needed to safely and effectively service them, and which activities would be best. We offer year-round specific equine activities including, but not limited to, therapeutic horseback riding, un-mounted equine assisted learning, an integrated Horse Spirit Program and customized programs for groups. Weekly sessions vary between riding and un-mounted activities that focus on their specific needs and goals. when riding, we receive the same three-dimensional hip rotation on the horse as if we were walking, which provides significant opportunities for building strength and endurance. Other activities are provided to incorporate goals such as improving coordination, motor planning and spatial awareness. Bonding with the horse, fostering positive relationships, and the confidence gained with developing new skills, often lead to reduced anxiety and increased self-esteem. Interacting with volunteers and staff is a great way to practice appropriate social skills. We understand that our participants may be working on developing these skills are given an opportunity to do so in a supportive environment. The Equine Assisted Activities is rich with sensory experiences rom the movement of the horse, tactile experiences such as grooming, and the many sights and sounds the stable and trails provide. An individual's learning goals may include developing riding skills or reinforcing skills such as focus and following directions. There are many opportunities to address communication and valuable life skills in the therapeutic setting. Proving verbal cues to the horse and interacting with staff and volunteers reinforce express communication skills. Most importantly, learning how horses communicate with each other in the herd and with humans, provide valuable lessons in understanding body language, personal boundaries and developing observation skills.

Non-horse-related programs:
We have introduced a community garden in collaboration with Massaro Gardens to integrate the cycles of nature into our therapy programs. Participants will help prepare beds, sow seeds, weed, and harvest the produce.

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