Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

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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Special Equestrians

Special Equestrians
PO Box 1001
Warrington PA 18976

Tax ID/EIN: 23-2196098
Year Founded: 1982
Last Updated 2017-04-26

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:
Special Equestrians’ mission is to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience.

Special Equestrians capitalizes on the relationship between horses and humans to create life-changing pathways through the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.

Our research- and experience-driven philosophy and practice combine innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies with proven therapeutic riding principles.

Horse-related programs:
Therapeutic riding for children and adults; Hippotherapy; Youth Connections and GaitWays for School Success for at-risk youth (therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning); Silver Saddles (therapeutic riding for people aged 55 and over with age-related disabilities); REINS (Riders Excelling in New Skills) for children with autism (therapeutic riding and equine-facilitated learning); Horse Adventures (therapeutic riding and equine-facilitated learning) for young adults with autism and intellectual disabilities; EAL programs for cancer-support groups and the like; a visiting nursing-home equine squad; and summer camp for children with disabilities and their siblings.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Groups
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteer groups are welcome to help with many on-site projects, including: painting, landscaping, scrubbing horse stalls, cleaning offices, rejuvenating the indoor arena, adding activity sites to our Sensory Trail.

Barn Assistant
Minimum Age: 14
Barn assistants help groom and tack horses for lessons and assist barn staff with numerous tasks, including: general horse care, mucking out stalls, replenishing stall bedding, cleaning and filling water buckets, cleaning feed buckets, and keeping the barn sparkling.

Lesson Leader
Minimum Age: 14
Leaders are totally responsible for the horse during lessons. Leaders must understand horse behavior, have a calm and assertive energy, work as a team member, and follow instructors' directions. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.

Lesson Side Aide
Minimum Age: 14
Side aides are primarily responsible for the safety of the riders during lessons. Side aides must work as a team member, follow instructors' directions, and have a calm, enthusiastic, and kind energy around our riders. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.

Wish List Items

Circular saw
Bow saw
Industrial size exhaust fans
Box fans
Ratchet/socket set
Wrench set
Hex driver
Drill bit set
Cordless power drill 18v with battery charger
Portable air compressor, tire pump, hose nozzle

Lopping & pruning shears
Grass seed
Mulch and garden supplies
Step ladder 8"

Body clippers
Small clippers
Paste wormer (Ivermectin, Panacaur or Strongid)
Horse shampoo and conditioner
Gauze 4 X 4s
Latex gloves
Vet wrap
Epsom salts
Fly Spray--concentrated
Fly masks with ears--horse/full size
Davis bell boots--all sizes
Fleece girths 46, 48, 50, 54
Sore-No-More poultice
Hoof Oil

High-capacity printer
Office chairs
High-capacity copier
Office Supplies (paper, stamps, white out, etc)
Gift cards to Staples
Gift cards to Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s

Heavy-duty corn brooms
Double-end snaps
Muck buckets
4 x 8 peg board
Dump truck load of stone screenings
Heavy-duty wheelbarrow
Trash can liners--33 gallon
Mop and mop heads
Gift cards to local tack shops, State Line Tack or other online horse stores