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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Hunkapi offers programs for children age 3 through adult. Hunkakpi uses horses as an aid to promote personal growth. Since our inception in 1996, our horses have helped thousands of children and adults establish more mindful connections with themselves and other people. That’s why we named our program “Hunkapi,” a Native American word that means “I am related to everyone.” It’s not always easy to explain Hunkapi. We believe it’s impossible to interact with a horse and walk away unchanged. Hunkapi’s programs all have one aim—to use the bond between horse and human as the catalyst for positive growth in the life of our clients.
In the late 1990s, Debbie Crews, PhD, a research professor at Arizona State University, discovered that horseback riding had a positive effect on children with AD/HD and autism. The children showed greater self-esteem, reduced depression, and reduced anxiety, among other improvements. This led to the development of a therapeutic riding program at ASU known as Hunkapi, which later became an independent nonprofit organization in sun-drenched Scottsdale.
Today Hunkapi Programs, Inc. offers multiple equine programs for both children and adults. Led by a staff of PATH certified Instructors, Therapists and teams of experienced volunteers; Hunkapi Programs, Inc. continues to lead the industry by offering integrative, unique and expansive holistic programs to the clients we serve.
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.