PO Box 1001
Warrington PA 18976
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:
Special Equestrians’ mission is to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience.
Special Equestrians capitalizes on the relationship between horses and humans to create life-changing pathways through the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.
Our research- and experience-driven philosophy and practice combine innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies with proven therapeutic riding principles.
Therapeutic riding for children and adults; Hippotherapy; Youth Connections and GaitWays for School Success for at-risk youth (therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning); Silver Saddles (therapeutic riding for people aged 55 and over with age-related disabilities); REINS (Riders Excelling in New Skills) for children with autism (therapeutic riding and equine-facilitated learning); Horse Adventures (therapeutic riding and equine-facilitated learning) for young adults with autism and intellectual disabilities; EAL programs for cancer-support groups and the like; a visiting nursing-home equine squad; and summer camp for children with disabilities and their siblings.
Volunteer GroupsMinimum Age: 14Volunteer groups are welcome to help with many on-site projects, including: painting, landscaping, scrubbing horse stalls, cleaning offices, rejuvenating the indoor arena, adding activity sites to our Sensory Trail.
Lesson Side AideMinimum Age: 14Side aides are primarily responsible for the safety of the riders during lessons. Side aides must work as a team member, follow instructors' directions, and have a calm, enthusiastic, and kind energy around our riders. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.
Lesson LeaderMinimum Age: 14Leaders are totally responsible for the horse during lessons. Leaders must understand horse behavior, have a calm and assertive energy, work as a team member, and follow instructors' directions. Attendance at a New Volunteer clinic and completion of all paperwork is required prior to volunteering.
Barn AssistantMinimum Age: 14Barn assistants help groom and tack horses for lessons and assist barn staff with numerous tasks, including: general horse care, mucking out stalls, replenishing stall bedding, cleaning and filling water buckets, cleaning feed buckets, and keeping the barn sparkling.
HORSE SUPPLIESBody clippers
Paste wormer (Ivermectin, Panacaur or Strongid)
Horse shampoo and conditioner
Gauze 4 X 4s
Fly masks with ears--horse/full size
Davis bell boots--all sizes
Fleece girths 46, 48, 50, 54
GARDEN SUPPLIESLopping & pruning shears
Mulch and garden supplies
Step ladder 8"
FACILITY SUPPLIESCircular saw
Industrial size exhaust fans
Drill bit set
Cordless power drill 18v with battery charger
Portable air compressor, tire pump, hose nozzle
BARN SUPPLIESHeavy-duty corn brooms
4 x 8 peg board
Dump truck load of stone screenings
Trash can liners--33 gallon
Mop and mop heads
Gift cards to local tack shops, State Line Tack or other online horse stores
OFFICE SUPPLIESHigh-capacity printer
Office Supplies (paper, stamps, white out, etc)
Gift cards to Staples
Gift cards to Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s