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Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska

EIN: 92-0176932
Founded: 1983
P.O. Box 240663
Anchorage AK 99524
Last Updated 2017-04-19

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 Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Equine Assisted Therapy Alaksa is a non-profit, 501(c)(3)organization that is dedicated to bringing the benefits of therapeutic and recreational horseback riding to children and adults living with disabilities.

Horse-related programs:
Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to enhance the physical, psychological, and social well-being of Alaskans living with disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship. We offer equine-assisted activities and therapies, include a program specifically for veterans called, “Freedom Reins.”<br /><br />Clients: <br />EATA serves three clients an hour, five days a week, between 6-8 hours a day. In 2016, 118 clients participated in our eight-week summer program. EATA beneficiaries live primarily in the Anchorage and Mat-Su areas, but we also served clients from Tok and Dillingham this year. 76% of EATA participants are under 18 years of age, 64% are male. 15 veterans from the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary participated in our Freedom Reins program. We continue to have a partnership with three clinics in the Anchorage area for therapeutic activities, through Alaska OT Services, Alaska Pediatric Therapy, and All For Kids Pediatric Therapy. Participant demographic make-up consists of 58% Caucasian, 31% are Alaska Native, 6% are Hispanic, 3% are African-American, and 2% are of Asian descent.<br /><br />Alaska’s leading therapeutic riding center provides multi-faceted benefits to individuals with a wide-range of physical, neuromuscular disorders, learning and language disabilities, hearing, visual and cognitive impairments, behavioral and emotional disorders. Some specific conditions include amputations, functional spinal curvature, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.<br /><br />Programs:<br />Equine-Assisted Therapies (EAT) are sessions run by licensed occupational, physical, speech-language therapists/pathologists, or mental health specialists with a PATH certified riding instructor. During sessions, clients ride a therapy horse and work to fulfill the goals set by the therapist. There are unique challenges not present in clinical setting that encourage the client to engage in a task that few able-bodied individuals are capable of accomplishing mentally or physically. For those bound to a wheelchair, the horse’s gait provides a unique opportunity for the client to move his or her body in a manner similar to walking, as the horse’s gait mimics an individuals natural walk (or gait). This movement exercises their legs and back, while it strengthens their spinal cord.<br /><br />Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) are the many activities that occur at the center, whether the rider is on the horse or not. This can include stable management, grooming, learning basic horsemanship skills, shows, and other demonstrations. For the majority of the participants, equine-assisted activities involve mounted or therapeutic riding in the arena or on the trails with a PATH certified riding instructor and a group of volunteers. The goals vary from rider to rider, yet a general goal is to work on self-confidence, teamwork and social development. This environment also improves the rider's core strength, manual dexterity and flexibility.<br /><br />"Freedom Reins" focuses on active, reserve, separated, and retired men and women of the Armed Forces suffering from the effects of military service. This program is primarily an equine-assisted activity based program, but aims to incorporate both the equine-assisted therapy and equine-facilitated psychotherapy in the future. This program is a rehabilitative program and aims to give riders true freedom from their limitations, while rebuilding their confidence and self-esteem.

Non-horse-related programs:

Volunteer Opportunities

Horse Leader
Minimum Age: 12
Primary responsibility is to keep the rider and horse safe by managing the horse. Horse leaders manage the horse and pay attention to spacing and elements around horse. Horse Leaders must be in good enough physical condition to walk/stand for 1-2 hours at a time and able to lift 20 lbs.

Stable Management
Minimum Age: 12
Volunteers assist with cleaning and managing the stable and tack.

Minimum Age: 12
Primary responsibility is to provide safety for the rider. Sidewalkers stand/walk/job next to the horse to provide safety and stability for the client and horse. Sidewalkers also help assist rider in putting on helmet and gatebelt if needed. Sidewalkers must be in good enough physical condition to walk/stand for 1-2 hours at a time and able to lift 20 lbs.

Wish List Items

Administrative Needs
office supplies

Bridles, Bits, Headstalls, Halters, Lead ropes, saddle lifts, girths, bareback pads, English, Australian, or Western saddles, western blankets, English pads, safety stirrups of all sizes, reins, stirrup leathers, etc.

One Time Needs
Horse Trailer 2 to 4 Horse
Fencing Supplies paddock, corral panels
Security system
Rubber stall mats
Kick boards

On Going Equine Needs
Grooming and Bathing Supplies Brushes, curry combs, de-shedders, sponges, shampoos, fly spray, duct tape, hoof picks, etc.
Feeding Supplies
water buckets 5 gal and larger
hay bags no nets
feeding buckets or pans rubberized not hard or plastic
salt and mineral block holders small or large feed alfalfa pellets, old timer horse feed, rice bran, Timothy hay
Misc Horse blankets rain and cold weather

*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.