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Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers

EIN: 26-4041070
Founded: 2009
P.O. Box 11993
Marina Del Rey CA 90295

Physical Address:
1003 West Carson Street
Long Beach,CA 90810
Last Updated 2018-02-19

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:
The mission of Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Centers is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans 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,education and research.

Horse-related programs:
The mission of Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Center's is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans 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.<br /><br />We have five programs currently.<br /><br />1. Therapeutic Riding, a unique combination of sport, recreation, and education provides benefits to individuals with cognitive, physical, or psychological disabilities. All students gain confidence by mastering riding skills. Therapeutic riding focuses on forming a partnership with the horse. The horse’s gait closely emulates that of the human gait and allows the brain to practice correct walking movement patterns. Horses are very social animals. Social interactions are developed between the horse, therapist, instructors, volunteers, and other students.<br /><br />2. Equine Assisted Activities Therapy (EAAT), involves a team consisting of a licensed clinical professional, a certified equine specialist, and a trained horse has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health and human development needs such as behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, conflict resolution, relationship problems and communications. EAAT is experiential in nature. Participants learn about themselves by participating in activities with horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns. <br /><br />3. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). The equine assisted learning model helps individuals better understand themselves and others through participating in activities with the horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The debriefing process seeks to bridge the horse activities from the arena back to "real life," inviting people to reflect, generalize, and apply new insights. EAL can help you become a better team player, develop problem solving skills, improve your leadership abilities, communicate more effectively, build healthier relationships, and enhance self-authenticity.Why the Horse?Horses offer several advantages. For one thing, their size offers a perfect opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors for dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations. Horses are social animals, with distinct personalities; attitudes and moods. They have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. People complain that the horse is stubborn or antagonistic. The lesson to be learned is if they change themselves, the horses responds differently. <br />​EAL builds skills in the following areas:• Problem Solving• Work Ethic• Personal Responsibility• Teamwork• Confidence• Attitude• Emotional Growth• Relationship Building<br /><br />EAAT and EAP are often used for clients that are experiencing the following:• Personal issues• ADD ADHD• PTSD• Social anxiety or shyness• Anxiety• Trauma• Anger and acting out• Grief and loss• Poor self-esteem• Substance abuse recovery• Communication• Interpersonal relationships• Stress• Burnout<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />4. ​​​Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers' Horses for Forces has partnered with PATH, International and their Equine Services for Heroes program. This program strives to assist military personnel and veterans through our available services. <br /><br />"Equine-assisted activity and therapy programs are tailored to address specific issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel, while also providing a supportive and therapeutic environment for their families and loved ones."<br /><br />Currently, Dream Catcher L.A. offers for veterans:<br />• Ground lessons (grooming, tacking, horse care, etc.)<br />• Recreational / leisure riding skills<br />• Sports riding - setting goals for developing riding skills(may include competitions)<br />• Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy & EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning).<br /><br /><br />5. Able-bodied lessons: Dream Catcher of Los Angeles offers able-bodied beginner lessons in Western and English style riding to the general public. <br /><br />​

Non-horse-related programs:
Not applicable

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed For Therapeutic Riding Center
Minimum Age: 14
Dream Catcher needs volunteers for the following areas: Leading a horse or sidewalking in a lesson, stable management,ranch improvements,fundraising,newsletter,public relations,recruitment,future planning,budget/finance, gardening.

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Wish List Items

Therapeutic Riding Center Wish List
covered arena 96'x60', alfalfa hay, toys for lessons, cavalettis, small English and Western saddles, classroom

*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.