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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
It is Hope Therapy's mission to improve the quality of life of children and adults, with various diagnoses, using equine assisted activities and therapy.
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 organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Administrative DutiesMinimum Age: 16This volunteer opportunity is for individuals that enjoy doing things such as writing newsletters, organizing fundraisers, grant research and writing, writing templates, and other office duties that are involved in operating a non-profit organization.
Horse GroomMinimum Age: 13The horse groom involves catching the horse from pasture before patient arrives. The horse groom will groom and tack the horse in preparation for the session. If the patient is able and willing they will assist the horse groomer to work on sensory stimulation, dexterity, and trust.
Side-walkerMinimum Age: 13The side-walker assists the therapist by walking along side of the patient and horse that the therapist is not on to provide stability and support as they ride. The side-walker needs to be prepared to take the patients foot out of the stirrup and assisting their leg over the horse at a moments notice in case of emergency. This depends on the rider. The side-walker also has the opportunity to interact with the rider, encourage them, and assist with their activities.
Horse LeaderMinimum Age: 13The horse leader will lead the horse during a session. While leading the horse they need to be aware of the horse, therapist, side walker, and patient at all times. They need to be alert to changes in the horse as well as the patient and be able to adapt or explain their opinion on the situation to the therapist.
Project HelperMinimum Age: 13This could be an individual or a group. There are many projects that need tending to around the farm. These include cleaning grooming brushes, polishing tack, sweeping office, cleaning stalls, gardening, and so much more. We host work days for groups who are looking to give back. Churches, scout troops, businesses, etc. can organize a group to come out to the farm to help with a particular project.
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