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Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc (SMART)



Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc (SMART)
4640 CR 675 E
Bradenton FL 34211
941-322-2000

Tax ID/EIN: 65-0043354
Year Founded: 1987
Last Updated 2017-01-31

Public Charity


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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:
Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.
"Empowering lives through the healing power of horses.”
At SMART, we strive to improve the quality of the lives of our SMART Riders and their families through therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and equine assisted activities. Through respectful partnerships with our horses, we create an environment that promotes a life of inclusion, respect, growth and independence.

Horse-related programs:
SMART served 697 individuals in our community in 2016 while still operating as a mostly volunteer powered organization. SMART's committed and hardworking volunteers and volunteer staff logged in nearly 16,000 hours in 2016! Over 4,000 individuals have been served by SMART since 1987. <br /><br />SMART's main mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs. Approximately 65 individuals participate in our weekly riding and driving lessons which are offered 5 days a week.<br /><br />SMART also provides a Horse Sense Literacy Program to local school children. This literacy program targets children in grades 3-5 and is based on the sharing of a book that was written about one of our therapy horses: Magic, One SMART Horse, by Jody Lynn McBrien. This literacy program has touched the lives of 140 children in 2016 and inspired 301 children (and their family members) since inception in 2010 to read and learn about Magic’s life.<br /><br />SMART's Hope Reins! equine facilitated learning program is provided for women undergoing breast cancer treatments. This program began in 2012 and has served 7 women to date. This is a free, all-encompassing horsemanship program that includes riding, driving, ground work and horse care.<br /><br />Partnering with Just for Girls Academy and Middle School SMART provides the SMART GIRLS Program (Girls Inspiring Relationship, Leadership and Service.) This is a hands-on educational program that uses the interactions and developing relationships between horses and humans in an environment of learning and self-discovery. It is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive social/life skills in a fun and supportive environment. The curriculum, which also includes science and math activities, is set up for at-risk girls in grades K- middle school. In 2016, 57 girls took part in this program and 458 have participated since inception in 2013.<br /><br />SMART has provided a variety of programs for 219 veterans and their families since 2009. In 2014 a partnership was formed with the Recreational Therapists at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System to provide our Warriors in Transition program, furnishing day workshops for their veterans. Our equine facilitated experiential learning activities focus on leadership, team building , physical and emotional well-being. SMART provided this free program for 74 veterans and their families in 2016 and 180 since 2014. <br /><br />Partnering with Selah Freedom since 2013, SMART has provided an equine facilitated experiential learning program for women in the process of transitioning out of the human trafficking industry. 16 women participated in 2016 and 27 women have participated since the induction of this program.<br /><br />SMART has partnered with Beyond the Spectrum Educational Center since 2014 to provide a weekly day program which includes riding therapy and equine facilitated experiential activities to 78 students annually with Autism Spectrum Disorder.<br /><br />SMART launched a Hippotherapy pilot program in 2016 for 10 children in the adoption and foster care system.

Non-horse-related programs:
N/A


Volunteer Opportunities


Gardening And Handyman Work
Minimum Age: 14
Our beautiful, 23 acre facility is always in need of extra pairs of loving hands. There are lots of jobs and work to do that include mowing, weeding, Sensory Garden tending, basic repair work, etc. If you like to work outdoors--this could be the perfect volunteer job for you!

Lesson Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers are needed to assist with lessons, providing support and assistance to the riders by leading horses, sidewalking with riders, grooming and caring for the horses before and after lessons and helping out with barn chores.

Committee Members For Annual Mint Juleps & Roses
Minimum Age: 14
SMART is always interested in adding to our family of fundraising volunteers! We have a fun, annual event the first weekend in May---our Mint Juleps and Roses Derby Day event. Successful, beautiful, exciting! Join us for the prep, sponsorship seeking and/or day of activities!

Wish List Items


Barn Supplies
We can always use the following items.
Feed - Purina Impact; Safechoice Sr; Beet pulp
Hay- (Timothy/Alfalfa)
Vegetable Oil
EquiAid or Fiberpsyll
Horse Shampoo and Show Sheen
Fly Spray, Swat, Fly Masks
Paste wormers

Farm Supplies
We can always use the following items:
Gift cards to Home Depot, Loews, Tractor Supply, Office Depot, Walmart
Water, Gatorade, Soft Drinks
Assorted Tools, Manure Forks, Lumber (1x6x12)
Solar Electric Chargers for Fences

Rider Scholarships And Horse Sponsorships
70% of our participants are in need of a scholarship in order to receive the benefits of therapeutic riding.
A Rider Scholarship is $875 per year, providing 35 riding therapy sessions per person.
Our Horse Sponsorships help to offset the care and maintenance costs of each horse. ($250/ $500 / $1000)