Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.

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.

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Horsepower, Inc.

Horsepower, Inc.
8001 Leabourne Rd
Colfax NC 27235

Tax ID/EIN: 56-1907424
Year Founded: 1995
Last Updated 2017-06-08

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.

100% 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:
To promote and enhance the welfare of individuals with disabilities by providing a program of therapeutic, educational and recreational value, and further, to empower individuals who are physically, intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally and/or developmentally challenged through the use of horses, while providing therapeutic benefits in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Horse-related programs:
Horsepower TLC provides equine facilitated experiential activities for individuals with disabilities, youth identified as At-Risk and Veterans. Our equine activities foster the development of skills that increase autonomy, encourage constructive codependence, and nurture problem solving in the home, school, and community. Our project combines horseback riding which increases balance, muscle control and strength with goals targeted towards problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, academics, social, behavioral, recreational and/or therapeutic objectives.<br /><br />We have 7 PATH International certified instructors and 14 therapy horses and 1 Draft Mule. We provide 6 six-week sessions and 3 separate two-week halfday summer sessions. One of those summer camps is a 9 year partnership with UNCG's Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders where intensive communication based interventions have assisted community members living with Traumatic Brain Injuries, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities. <br /><br />Classes throughout the year address: functional academics; communication, social, behavioral, recreational, and fitness goals; and Life Skills development. All goals are designed to meet the current needs of clients providing them with opportunities to practice, transfer, and acquire critical skills that can be applied to their daily life.

Non-horse-related programs:
We have one Draft Mule that we use in our equine assisted classes.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Orienation
Minimum Age: 14
Get a tour of our facility and attend a 2 hour volunteer training class. Advanced training is available for those interested in becoming a horse leader.
Volunteer Training is held a minimum of 8 times per year and more often as interests or needs arise.


Promotions, Marketing, Public Relations
Minimum Age: 14
Need people who will set up displays at health fairs, colleges, etc. to spread the word about Horsepower and help us recruit volunteers, donors, and other people to help fulfill HORSEPOWER needs.

Buildings And Grounds Maintenance
Minimum Age: 16
Mowing, pasture maintenance, barn and building repairs, stall cleaning, landscaping, etc.

Therapeutic Riding Class Help
Minimum Age: 14
Horse leaders--people with horse knowledge and experience; responsible for handling the horse during each class.

Side walkers--ensures their assigned rider is safe at all times and they help facilitate activiites during the riding lesson.

Horse Exerciser
Minimum Age: 16
Need people with above average riding skills to help exercise the horses.

Wish List Items

Riding reins
English & western riding pads

Horse Care Items
Good horse quality orchard grass
Fly spray
Horse supplements: Biotin, salt blocks, Cosiquen
De wormers