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Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship

8590 Sunrise Lane
La Mesa CA 91941
619-729-3853


Tax ID/EIN: 20-1928582
Year Founded: 2004
Last Updated 2017-05-01

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:
Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) member Center in San Diego County, providing therapeutic horsemanship as a means to improve the quality of life for those with special needs, their families and the community.

Horse-related programs:
Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship (Partners TH), established in 2004 and based in San Diego County, provides therapeutic horsemanship as a unique means to improve the quality of life for those with special needs, their families and the community. Partners TH is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Member Center with four PATH certified instructors. <br /><br />Partners TH serves approximately 55 students from throughout San Diego County and provided approximately 836 lessons during 2016. Partners TH programs provide equestrian therapy to students who come from all over San Diego county, offering lessons to students five days per week on a year-round basis. <br /><br />Partners TH has 4 PATH certified instructors with a fifth in training. Instructors are supported by an outstanding cadre of 65 volunteers, many with years of experience with Partners TH, who provide nearly 3,000 volunteer hours annually to support lessons as sidewalkers and leaders, as well as assisting with horse and stable care. Volunteers come from all walks of life, from teens via SPRITES, to adults with professional skills. Ongoing training is provided to volunteers, ensuring that they continue to improve their skills as they contribute to the Partners TH program.<br /><br />Students participating in Partners TH equestrian therapy range in age from young children to adults. Our participants include those with a variety of diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, psychological and psychiatric disorders, Downs syndrome, hearing and vision impaired as well as other disabilities. They are provided the opportunity to expand their capabilities through participation in our program. Therapeutic riding has demonstrated potential to improve strength, posture, balance, mobility and function, communication and language skills, increased mobility to process information, as well as self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills. <br /><br />Strong demand exists for equestrian therapy in the San Diego community given its increasing recognition as excellent therapy for a wide range of symptoms. Student referrals to Partners TH come from the families of existing students, as well as doctors, physical and occupational therapists, psychotherapists, schools and medical centers assisting families with special needs. Families choose Partners TH due to our strong reputation for quality instruction and our supportive environment. <br /><br />Partners TH commits 98% of its budget to expenses directly associated with maintaining the horses, riding facilities, and lesson instruction, with the balance for administrative,fund-raising,and other related expenses. Lessons are subsidized significantly through grants and individual donations in order to provide access for the widest possibly socioeconomic range of students from throughout San Diego County, who can benefit from this important therapy. Many Partners TH families face challenging financial situations due to the medical conditions of their family member. Partners TH also provides needs based scholarships to several students, as resources allow.<br /><br />In addition to core programming of therapeutic riding instruction, Partners TH hosts an Annual Horse Show and BBQ where students exhibit their riding accomplishments for their families and friends as well as the broader community. Several of the more experienced Partners TH students also participate in the California Network for Equestrian Therapy (CalNET) horse show in Burbank, California, as well as the local San Diego East County Horse Show Organization (ECHO) hunter and dressage shows. <br /><br />Partners TH maintains close ties with the San Diego County community and benefits from ongoing sponsorship from area Rotary Clubs (Rancho Santa Fe Rotary and La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary), the Lakeside Optimists, as well as from local businesses, philanthropy organizations and personal donors. Grantors to Partners TH have included Equus Foundation, Build-a-Bear Foundation, Sempra Foundation,BIA Cares, and Cox Kids Cares Fund.

Non-horse-related programs:
None


Volunteer Opportunities


Lesson Volunteer
Minimum Age: 13
Lesson Volunteers are an important part of Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship's program. They serve as lesson leads, lesson sidewalkers and provide horse and stable care. Training sessions available for new volunteers. Experience is not necessary, just enthusiasm.

Lesson Volunteer
Minimum Age: 13
Volunteers are needed to side walk with a student or to lead a horse during a lesson.


Wish List Items


Sponsorship And In-kind Donation Opportunities
Annual Horse Show & BBQ Sponsor: $1,000
Rider Scholarship Sponsor: $1,200 (supports one needs qualifying rider for one year)
Horse Sponsorship: $2,500 (supports care for a therapy horse for one year)
1. Used, good quality dressage saddle
2. Railroad ties
3. Gift certificated to feed stores, home depot, tack stores etc.
4. Corn oil, especially in the fall for use during the winter months


*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.