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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

36 Town Woods Road
Old Lyme CT 06371

Tax ID/EIN: 06-0987749
Year Founded: 1974
Last Updated 2017-04-26

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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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 and shelter of horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
To improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. We strive to provide a challenging yet secure environment in which to experience not only physical and occupational therapy but also freedom, mobility and accomplishment thereby gaining independence and building self esteem. Additionally, our underlying mission is to offer our programs to everyone who might benefit from them, regardless of financial means.

Horse-related programs:
High Hopes programs and services include therapeutic riding lessons, unmounted equine learning programs, carriage driving, summer camps, instructor training certification courses, on-site workshops and other educational opportunities.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers help with general maintenance, repairs and improvements of the facility, including fencing.

Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers assist with word processing, data entry, photocopying, bulk mailings and other support tasks. They also serve as receptionists and help answer phone calls.

Carriage Driving Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers attend a general volunteer orientation and training session, then attend a training session with the driving instructor. Driving volunteers include horse handlers and able- bodied whips.

Equine Learning Coach
Minimum Age: 14
Assist staff in teaching unmounted horsemanship skills such as grooming and horse care. Additional training is provided.

Equine Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers work directly with barn staff to help feed and care for the horses and the facility. Volunteers in the equine program should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time each week and must first attend a general volunteer orientation and training session.

Lesson Program
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (sidewalking) during classes. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week and are required to attend a general volunteer orientation and training session.

Special Events
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with production during the various fundraisers and special events that High Hopes holds each year.

Wish List Items

High Hopes Wish List
Commercial grade, energy efficient clothes dryer; Muck Buckets; Gift certificates at tack and feed stores; Helmets; Hand Tools (i.e., shovels, rakes, hammers, etc.); Cleaning Supplies; Office Supplies; Fence mower - Barn manager will provide specifications upon request; Snow Blower

*Guardians 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. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.