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Granite State Adaptive

Granite State Adaptive
44 Mirror Lake Drive
603 387-1167

Tax ID/EIN: 27-1141889
Year Founded: 2009
Last Updated 2017-06-15

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.

50%% 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:
GSA's mission is to provide individuals who have a disability the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in sports, therapy, training and recreational programs. In addition to providing skiing and cycling, GSA provides equine assisted activities and hippotherapy to individuals age two and above who have physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities as well has blind and/or hearing impaired. GSA's primary population served is disabled children from 15 local schools plus disabled veterans and at-risk youth.

Horse-related programs:
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy: grooming, horsemanship skills, adaptive riding, sensory trail, restorative justice<br />Hippotherapy with AHCB Hipotherapy Clinical Specialist, OT, PT

Non-horse-related programs:
GSA provides adaptive skiing at King Pine Ski Area during the season and adaptive cycling throughout the Lakes Region and Carroll County, New Hampshire. These programs are primarily for the disabled students in 15 Lakes Region schools, in cooperation with New Hampshire and local agencies and in coordination with other nonprofit organizations focused on specific disabled populations. Targeted outreach is conducted toward physically and developmentally disabled youth and adults, disabled Veterans , active duty service men and women and at-risk youth.

Volunteer Opportunities

Equine Assisted Activities Horse Handler
Minimum Age: 16
Experienced horse handler wanted to assist with equine program. Duties may include turning horses in/out of paddock, assisting/supervising students during grooming and tacking, leading horse during programming. Minimum 2 hours per week Monday through Saturday opportunities. Opportunity to volunteer 1-4 days per week 2-6 hours per day

Wish List Items

Jump Standards And Cups
5 foot tall polyethylene jump standards and cups

Saddle Pad And Blanket Wall Mount Rack
Equi Rack or similar Wall Mount Blanket Rack

Hippotherapy Riding Pad - Medium
Treeless riding pad designed specifically for medium children with stirrup bars and rolled leather handhold.

Hippotherapy Riding Pad - Small
Treeless riding pad designed specifically for small children with stirrup bars and rolled leather handhold.

Bitless Bridle
Dr Cook's BitlessBridle and Reins for therapy horse