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Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

1026 Rock Springs Drive
Kingsport TN 37664
423-349-1111


Tax ID/EIN: 62-1603341
Year Founded: 1995
Last Updated 2017-04-10

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 organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. is a Christian-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded through love to enhance the physical, emotional, social, behavioral and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs and disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

Horse-related programs:
Small Miracles enhances the life skills and personal growth and development of persons with special needs and disabilities through three evidence-based equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) programs: Therapeutic Horsemanship serves those with disabilities such as, but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, Charge Syndrome, A-T and Down Syndrome. These students receive physical strength and sensory integration through the movement, feel, scent and sound of the horse. Positive Youth Development (PYD) provides prosocial, leadership and work/college-readiness skills, as well as helps children and youth at-risk discover hope and resilience through strength-based equine-assisted experiential learning activities. Horses Empower Heroes (HEH) helps veterans navigate post-military life, including PTSD, TBI, substance abuse disorder and military sexual trauma. Under the umbrella of Therapeutic Horsemanship are two additional programs meeting specific needs: HOPE (Horses Opening Pathways to Engagement) Connection for students with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and/or Pervasive Development Disorder; and Friends- designed to assist our older adolescent/young adult students with their transition into adulthood by developing pro-social and work-readiness skills. Therapeutic Horsemanship lessons include both mounted and unmounted activities based upon the need of the student. All PYD and HEH activities are unmounted.

Non-horse-related programs:
N/A


Volunteer Opportunities


Barn Team Volunteer
Minimum Age: 14
For those who love horses, but are not yet comfortable assisting in student lessons. Barn Team Volunteers must be able to behave maturely and handle and care for our horses according to PATH, Small Miracles and Natural Horsemanship protocol. Training is provided. New recruits are mentored by experienced staff and/or volunteers.

Program Support
Minimum Age: 14
Program Support Volunteers are cross-trained for both lesson and Barn Team assistance. During their scheduled time, these volunteers remain flexible to volunteer in whichever capacity is needed.

Sidewalkers
Minimum Age: 14
Volunteers are a vital part of our program! Approximately 100 volunteers are needed each week to assist with lessons as a leader or sidewalker. Training is provided.


Wish List Items


Supplies
We can always use all types of barn maintenance tools, tack, and office supplies! Some items we are always in need of include: Lead ropes, halters, equine fly spray, manure forks, tack cleaning supplies, buckets, grooming tools, paper towels, stamps, etc. Gift certificates are always appreciated too!


*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.