Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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volunteer-letter-2017

2017-registration

Just something to start thinking about…volunteering at Still Meadows!
Please remember us when you start making your summer plans, whether you like helping with Wednesday evening therapeutic riding or spending some fun filled days with our campers!

Please note that all potential applicants for this program must contact the President of the Board of Directors, Jodi Haas, to discuss if these activities are suitable for you. Please call (540) 833-2072 or email jodi.haas@campstillmeadows.org for more information.

Each session is 6 weeks long and lessons will be held on Wednesdays at 6:45 P.M the fee is $180.00. Alternative dates will be scheduled in case of inclement weather.

  • All riders must be approved before being accepted into program by Jodi before going and getting physical.

Volunteer Training is provided for all volunteers working in Therapeutic Riding Program. The goal of this program is to provide an activity that positively affects the cognitive, emotional, physical and social well being of the campers by using horseback riding as therapeutic medium.

2017 SESSION DATES

SESSION #1 SESSION #2 SESSION #3 SESSION #4
1. Wed.April 5 1. Wed.May 24 1. Wed. July 12 1. Wed. Aug 30
2.Wed.April 12 2.Wed. May 31 2. Wed. July 19 2. Wed. Sept 6
3. Wed. April 19 3. Wed.June 7 3. Wed, July 26 3. Wed. Sept 13
4. Wed.April 26 4.Wed.June 14 4. Wed. Aug. 2 4. Wed. Sept 20
5. Wed., May 3 5. Wed.June 21 5. Wed. Aug 9 5. Wed. Sept 27
6. Wed.May 10 6. Wed.June 28 6. Wed. Aug 16 6. Wed. Oct. 4

 

APPLICATION: Because of space and horse constraints, we accept three riders per session. Applications are due one month prior to the start of each session.

Horses:

Image of participant being assisted onto Horse

DUSTY is a beautiful palomino Quarter Horse/Tennessee Walker cross with a lot of personality. He was donated in the spring of 2007. He is a calm horse, which makes him ideal for our program. We are excited to have him as part of our program.

ISAAC whose name means “He makes me laugh” is the youngest member of our therapeutic riding team.    Isaac is a nine year old Quarter Horse gelding.  He’s a people’s horse who will walk right up to you to share time with you.  He’s been trail riding and taken part in the Still Meadows Ride-a-Thon.  He is a beautiful chestnut, with a calm personality.  Isaac is a great asset to our riding program and loves to be ridden.

JASMINE is a very gentle and friendly chestnut Quarter Horse mare.  She is seventeen years old and is very patient  with campers (who love to dress her up with hats and more), riders and volunteers.  Jasmine fits perfectly into the riding program at Still Meadows.

 

Benefits:

Therapeutic horseback riding benefits individuals with just about any disability, including, but not limited to: Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Amputations, Visual Hearing Impairments, Down Syndrome, CVA/Stroke, Mental Retardation, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Emotional Disabilities, Brain Injuries, Autism, Spinal Cord Injuries and Learning Disabilities

The Horse as “Therapist”:

  • Horse rider carrying USA flagThe movement of the horse’s gait positively affects balance, muscle control and strength.
  • The allure of being able to ride a horse motivates individuals to increase concentration, patience and discipline (as they follow directions of the instructor).
  • The unique relationship formed with a horse can help improve interpersonal relationships (kindness, communication, positive interactions).
  • The accomplishment of having ridden a horse provides an enormous boost to self-esteem and coping skills.

Donations:

We are in need of horse care products and special equipment that is beneficial to the riders. We also need calm, sweet horses for the program. All horses have a 30-day trial period and donations are tax-deductible. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation.

Some of the items on our wish list are:

  • Watering trough
  • Gift certificates to Farm Choice (Harrisonburg, VA.) for feed

 

 

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