Shining Hope Farms
Shining Hope Farms
P.O Box 1036
Mount Holly NC 28120
Tax ID/EIN: 30-0067482
Year Founded: 2002
Last Updated 2016-04-29
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a MESSENGER. Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance.
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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operate programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
Our organization operates programs involving horses that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
75% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Shining Hope Farms is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy.
Therapeutic Riding Program - A PATH Intl. certified instructor conducts these group lessons where individuals are taught horseback riding skills as well as participate in games and activities while horseback riding. The lessons are recreational in nature and the riders are assisted by a horse leader and side walkers which provide a safe and enjoyable social environment.
Hippotherapy Program - Shining Hope Farms is recognized by the Federal Government as a healthcare provider able to conduct Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-language Pathology, using the horse as a treatment tool, to children and adults with disabilities.
Special Olympics - Shining Hope Farms partners with Special Olympics of Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties to provide the program. The program involves a lesson program, regional invitational show, and culminates in the state level competition.
Both farms have small animals used for interaction as part of treatment strategies (including a bunny and cat at each location) or lesson plans in our therapeutic programs.
Community Service Programs - Shining Hope Farms hosts many workdays both with local organizations and Charlotte based corporations such as Hands-On-Charlotte, a local chapter of the national Hands-On Network. Additionally, Shining Hope Farms hosts numerous Eagle Scout projects, helping Boy Scouts to obtain their Eagle Scout award, and Girl Scout projects to help Girl Scouts to achieve their Girl Scout Gold Award. Volunteers also participate in the horse-related programs throughout the year.
We also treat our patients in our Hippotherapy Program in our clinic during a portion of their weekly session, as well as one week a month during our "clinic week."