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AHEAD With Horses Inc.

EIN: 95-3165603
Founded: 1968
AHEAD With Horses Inc.
10157 Johanna Ave
Shadow Hills CA 91040
Last Updated 2015-08-06

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
AWH’s mission is to: rnMaximize potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives.

Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve. A therapy horse is the key element in our program because it demands, facilitates and rewards desired changes (outcomes/adaptive responses) in the children.Horses are the most critical asset to the following outcomes: Disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children have improved physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally, enabling them to lead more independent, productive and better lives

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

AWH Vol.: Intern Office Assistant/Grant Researcher
Minimum Age: 14
AHEAD With Horses Inc provides developmental therapy through horses and the environment for disabled, disadvantaged and special-needs children.
We are currently looking for an unpaid intern to volunteer their time for our non-profit organization to help us find, research and write grant applications. If your services are successful, and allow us to find more grants, there is a possibility of compensation in the future.
We are also looking for someone who has secretarial skills, such as: typing, ability to alphabetize and combine lists of labels, filing, mailings, etc.

AWH Vol.: Spotting, Leading, Instructor's Assist.
Minimum Age: 12
AHEAD With Horses Inc provides therapy through horses for disabled, disadvantaged and special-needs children. We are currently looking for people to volunteer for our non-profit organization.
Assist instructor with children and horses, which includes leading horses and walking alongside the horse to ensure child's safety and position changes on the horse. Must be able to walk for a few hours (with frequent stopping). Horse grooming and tacking are also an option. Various other activities including: facility maintenance (raking leaves, gardening, removing rocks, etc), cleaning horse tack, mailings, etc depending on time of year and need.
Short Orientation Required.

Wish List Items

Fly Traps And Fly Spray
We want to ensure that our horses our well taken care of. Flies are not only annoying, but can cause eye infections as well as irritate other small wounds and scratches. We try to keep our horses happy with fly masks, fly spray, and fly traps. While everyone appreciates there being less flies (staff and children in addition to the horses), fly traps and repellent can get to be very expensive in the summer months.

New Vaulting Surcingles
We are looking for new vaulting sursingles (preferably in a small size for a regular horse). We want to ensure that all of our tack is in a safe and good condition. Regular wear can cause straps to break or handles to become loose.

New Bridles
We are looking for new bridles (pony to large horse size). We want to ensure that we have safe equipment that is not falling apart or damaged, due to use and horse curioursity (somehow they figure out how to remove their bridles on their own or let their neighbor chew on them.)

Pepper Tree
We are looking to plant a peppertree on the property to provide more shade to our lesson arena. Peppertrees are safe for horses to snack on and grow relatively fast.

Psyllium Fiber Supplement
Our program is located in Southern California where sand colic can be quite common. Psyllium fiber pellets are great for the health of the horse, yet can be costly for the budget to give all of our horses the amount recommended.

New Benches
We are looking to get new benches for our clients and their families to use at our facility. We are looking for at least 12 heavy-duty, long lasting benches. Our ideal bench is: upbeat.com, style 35PYW-TGB6 in teak.

New Fence
We are looking to repair or replace our chain link fence that is on the perimeter of the property. It is currently bent and in a beat-up shape that is not safe to let the horses or children be around in places, (besides being an eyesore).