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Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy

Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy
PMB 201, 1590 Sugarland Dr Ste B

Tax ID/EIN: 72-1578867
Year Founded: 2004
Last Updated 2017-01-30

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 Mission/How we are involved with horses:
CHAPS mission is to provide quality equine therapies to youth, adults and veterans in Sheridan and Johnson Counties.

Horse-related programs:
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy EFP. This is the method most often used with Veterans groups. The horses are loose in the arena. This is an un-mounted group program focusing on overcoming obstacles. The program is client driven, meaning the activities are open-ended giving individuals the opportunity to get the most out of them. This program includes a licensed counselor and the use of horses as metaphors for obstacles/issues in that person’s life. Success is measured on an individual basis by completing activities and connecting the learning to everyday life. This program is used mostly for clients with PTSD, severe depression, addiction and suicidal tendencies. <br /><br />Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). This can be done in groups or on an individual basis. This program focuses on skill-building, communication and confidence building. Success is measured by meeting benchmark goals and completing activities. This program benefits youth considered at-risk as well as mental delay, anxiety, behavioral problems and depression. <br /><br />Equine Assisted Activities (EAA). These are ground lessons with skill-building and goal setting as the focus. This program is designed for those who cannot ride for whatever reason. Success is measured by meeting benchmark goals and completing activities. EAA is great for people with mental delay, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems and at-risk youth.<br /><br />Therapeutic Riding (TR). This is a traditional riding lesson with a therapeutic goal. This is very much client driven and success depends on meeting benchmark goals. TR is great for people with minor physical issues, anxiety, depression, Down's syndrome, acquired/traumatic brain injury, PTSD, autism, cerebral palsy, etc. <br /><br />Therapeutic driving (new in 2017) is an alternative to riding for clients physically unable to ride, afraid of being astride and/or over the weight limit for our horses. The physical benefits from carriage driving are increased core strength, improvements in balance, and improvement in fine and gross motor coordination. It can improve the cognitive skills of sequencing, following directions and differentiating between left and right, etc. Success is measured by meeting benchmark goals and completing activities. Therapeutic Driving benefits people with physical issues, mental delay, brain injuries, anxiety, depression, etc.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Session Volunteers
Minimum Age: 16
CHAPS is seeking volunteers to assist clients in lessons. Commitment is 90 minutes once weekly. You pick your day and time. Training is required.

Wish List Items

Large Weed Sprayer Attachment For 4-wheeler
With a large weed sprayer attachment for the 4-wheeler, we could spray many more weeds to keep our pastures healthy for our herd.

Brush Hog
CHAPS is in need of a brush hog to help us maintain our pastures and paddocks. Currently, we use a riding lawn mower to mow the worst of the weeds, but it is inefficient and hard on the mower.

Arena Disc
Unless we rent the equipment, we have no way of keeping our arena footing in good shape for the horses. Rentals are quite expensive, making it difficult to do more than once a year.

Easy-Entry Driving Cart In Horse Size
Our driving program is in need of a light weight, easy entry driving cart for our older clients. We need a horse size cart.

Purina Senior Horse Feed Or Purina Omolean 200
Our herd is comprised of geriatric and "middle-aged" horses. Each horse is hand fed a diet to meet his or her specific needs.

Hay - Large Rounds Or Small Squares
CHAPS needs hay for our herd: grass or grass/alfalfa mix. Large rounds or small squares preferred. Need approximately 10 tons.