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Milestones Inc.

12372 Riggs Road
Independence KY 41051
859-694-7669


Tax ID/EIN: 61-1343154
Year Founded: 1999
Last Updated 2016-02-20

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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.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Milestones is a therapeutic horsemanship program that presents opportunities for individuals with challenges to enhance their quality of life.


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Leader
Minimum Age: 14
The leader is in charge of the horse, but must also be aware of what the rider and instructor are doing.

When a horse moves forward the movement begins in the hindquarters. The best way to encourage movement is for the rider to help out by bumping their horse’s sides. Keeping forward movement best suits the needs of the rider and the horse.
Hold the lead 6 to 12 inches from the snap. Horses need to move their heads in order to move. Fold the excess rope, do not coil it around your hand. If it gets jerked on it is best for it to slide through your hand, not tighten up around it.

Avoid the temptation to talk to the rider and/or sidewalker/s unless, of course, there aren’t any sidewalkers, then you have an even bigger job.

Allow the rider to control the horse as much as possible, but not to the point where is becomes unsafe.

Leader
Minimum Age: 14
The leader is in charge of the horse, but must also be aware of what the rider and instructor are doing.

When a horse moves forward the movement begins in the hindquarters. The best way to encourage movement is for the rider to help out by bumping their horse’s sides. Keeping forward movement best suits the needs of the rider and the horse.

Hold the lead 6 to 12 inches from the snap. Horses need to move their heads in order to move. Fold the excess rope, do not coil it around your hand. If it gets jerked on it is best for it to slide through your hand, not tighten up around it.

Avoid the temptation to talk to the rider and/or sidewalker/s unless, of course, there aren’t any sidewalkers, then you have an even bigger job.

Allow the rider to control the horse as much as possible, but not to the point where is becomes unsafe.

Sidewalking
Minimum Age: 14
The sidewalker can greatly enhance the riding experience during the lesson. If there is a need for two sidewalkers, one needs to be the designated talker. It is important to maintain the position by the rider’s knee.

The best hold is over the thigh, commonly referred to as a thigh hold. Other holds include behind the knee, around the ankle and holding the pad just to keep up with the team.
Encourage your students to use their trunk muscles and to ride with the best posture they physically can.

In order for the rider to get the most benefit from the exercises and activities, please allow them to do as much as they can. We ask that sidewalkers try to avoid unnecessary talking with other members of your team. Too much input is very distracting to the rider.

The ultimate goal in therapeutic riding is to encourage the rider to be the best he/she can be and you play an important role in that.


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