1909 Woodgate Lane
McLean VA 22101
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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 organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of Bridle Paths is to offer strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction and equine-assisted psychotherapy services to individuals and families faced with physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs.
The mission of Bridle Paths is to offer strength, support, and healing to our clients through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction and equine-assisted psychotherapy services to individuals and families faced with physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs. The program serves those with a wide variety of needs and diagnoses, including ADHD, cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression, genetic problems, seizure disorders, brain injuries, and trauma. Our facility includes a 14-stall barn, indoor and outdoor arenas, a round pen, and a climate-controlled viewing area, along with ample parking, a wheelchair-accessible barn, a mounting ramp, highly experienced and certified staff, and a group of committed and well-trained volunteers. We offer sessions year-round, and last summer we offered a therapeutic horsemanship day camp as well. <br/><br/>The Bridle Paths program offers programs to support the entire family. We have particular expertise in working with those struggling with anxiety and depression. We are proud to partner with the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education to offer the HEARTS (Hope Through Equine Assisted Recovery and Therapy Services) program, and with other well-qualified local therapists such as Beth Ratchford, LCSW, as well. Over the past year, we have offered mounted and unmounted programs for veterans and their families, enhanced offerings for trauma survivors, and social and communications skills programs in partnership with local schools.
Bridle Paths does not offer any non-horse-related programs.
Seeking Volunteers For Equine-Assisted ActivitiesMinimum Age: 14Volunteers are needed to act as horse leaders and side walkers and assist with grooming and tacking horses for lessons. Each volunteer receives training in the specifics of working with horses and riders in a therapeutic context, though horse experience is a welcome asset as well.
Your Donations Help Us To Heal With HorsesRainbow reins (horse length)
Adaptive reins (ladder reins, Rein-Bows)
Saddles (wool flocked, in tree size medium, medium wide, extra wide)
Wintec Western saddle
Safety stirrups (various sizes)
Lumber to build mounting platforms
New ASTM/SEI certified helmets (various sizes)
Specialized services (website, accounting, fundraising)
Tools and hardware (snaps, fasteners)