As of 2011, it has been reported that there are 650 million disabled people in the world (“Disabilities”). Though this number is high, it is greatly underestimated because disabled people are commonly isolated and stigmatized by their community (“Disabilities”). After hearing of this extremely high number of disabled people, I then ultimately decided I would write my research paper on ways to help the disabled. Therapeutic riding has been actively helping individuals with disabilities for decades, and can benefit these unfortunate people physically, mentally, and emotionally. “Therapeutic riding, which originated in Europe, has been actively helping individuals with disabilities since the 1950's” (Shepard). Through equine-orientated
When Columbus brought the first horses to the United States, he had no idea he had brought the animal that would later bring the hope back into people’s lives. Horses have always been a huge part in the lives of people all around the world, but today they have become something much more than an animal. They have become best friends with society and are now being used to give various people with different disabilities the amazing feeling of security and confidence. Equine Therapy has opened a new world to the people who have disabilities. Equine Therapy is for people who cannot understand the real world like most of us can. Before becoming an Equine Therapist, one must analyze the qualifications, training,
This paper will inform the parents, educators, and American society of the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for people who have cognitive challenges or loss of limbs and other functions. Therapy can happen on the horse as well as off, depending on the condition of the rider. Not all therapy has to be done on a horse. It can be done on the ground as well, by padding the horse, brushing the horse, leading the horse. Knowing you can conquer being around and taking care of a big horse gives those with challenges a sense of satisfaction and self confidence. Therapeutic horseback riding is wonderful for young people as well as older people with disabilities. Even if they cannot sit up straight, therapy can make it so that any individual can
Walking into the sunlit barn hallway, the musky scent of hay and horse fur overwhelms my senses. I see a chestnut-colored horse stick his head over the wooden stall door to greet me. As I look around, I notice other volunteers getting horses saddled up and ready for the next lesson. Turning around I smile at a young student entering with her mom, ecstatic at the prospect of being able to ride a horse despite being in a wheelchair. Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, located in Gretna, makes dreams possible. People of all ages have the opportunity to learn how to ride a horse despite their physical or mental disabilities. After volunteering at HETRA for five years, the organization has made significant impacts on my personality, interests, and maturity.
Hurston’s Dust Tracks on a Road depicts the struggle and journey of growing up in a predominately African American society. She displays how African Americans were curtailed to nothing after the Civil War and how it was quite difficult to commence a town on their own of there own race. Her autobiography entails the very candid moments of the Harlem Renaissance.
More than 20 years ago, an ordinary middle-aged man working in the insurance industry, getting ready to retire from his job, was shopping at his local grocery store. In the grocery store parking lot, an unlikely encounter with a girl named Stacy changed his life. Stacy had cerebral palsy, making her unable to talk or hear. That's when Swimmer got the idea, "what might happen if I put her on a horse?" Stacey soon later visited Swimmer at his farm in outside Charlotte, North Carolina, where Stacy was able to ride a pony for the first time. "She lit up like a candle," said Swimmer, and that's when I knew what I wanted to do. Today Swimmer has helped over 800 kids with disabilities through his equine-assisted therapy program from his organization
A.W.A.R.E. - Always Wanted a Riding Experience, or A.W.A.R.E., provides therapeutic horseback riding experiences to individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in an effort to improve strength, coordination, self-confidence, and other vital needs. You don't need to have any experience with horses to volunteer. If you love horses and have a heart for disabilities, this should be an exceptionally fun way to spend your time volunteering.
Throughout high school, I volunteered at a reputable childrens therapy facility called Equi-kids. Equi-kids is a nonprofit organization that teaches disabled children how to interact with animals and build core strength on horseback. I have volunteered as a horse-walker and side-walker for thousands of lessons and watched each student gain remarkable confidence. Even some of the most severely disabled riders have found comfort alongside the helpful staff and loving animals at the farm.
In the space of two years, Kristine Hewlett was thrown from her mare, Cher and broker her back both times. The accidents occurred while Hewlett was at her riding lesson on her mare, Cher when the horse suddenly spooked. After having such bad luck with her horse and both of her injuries Hewlett still vows to ride again. “She said, ‘I have thought long and hard about my future but I love horses and I want to carry on taking lessons.’”(Evans) Kristine Hewlett is so passionate about her love for horses that even after suffering not one but two broken back injuries she still vows to ride again. “But despite her second scare she has vowed to carry on riding.”(Evans) For most people one broken back would be enough to stop them from living their dreams but not Kristine Hewlett. Hewlett’s second broken back injury has made her even more determined to get back on and be successful. “Kristine Hewlett was flung from nine-year-old mare Cher in November and suffered a spinal fracture but she has vowed to ride again.”(Evans) Kristine Hewlett is very confident in her own ability to have a solid recovery and get back on. Though Kristine Hewlett has had her fair share of injustice she has overcome this injustice through passion, determination, and
In 2010 we ran a test program at Down Home Ranch to see which type of disabilities we could manage and still accomplish our goal of teaching kids to ride. I was taking youths with disabilities to great places like The Rock in Georgetown. They were doing great things there but they were limited to working in an arena,” said Don. “So after the tests in the summer of 2010 on every type of disability you could imagine, we decided to focus on high functioning intellectual disabilities in order to safely provide the ability for people to move beyond the training
On June 2013 SPC Montes’ unfailing dedication to his community volunteered 5,000 hours at the Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso (THEP). This nonprofit organization provides therapeutic riding sessions, serving children and adults with a wide range of special needs. These therapeutic riding sessions work toward building independence, self-confidence, strength, relaxation and social skills in children and adults. His involvement was prominent to the overall mission of the organization.
Shoestring City Ranch has a mission that states, “Shoestring City Ranch provides free & low cost rural experiences to city kids while teaching teamwork, respect, and leadership skills in an ecologically friendly green-space working with rescued animals.” The ranch is a place that was made to not only help people, but to also help animals side by side to those who are also in need. While volunteering at the ranch I realized that how they saw the problem was different from other people who interact with the disabled on a daily basis. They did not see these kids disabilities as giant disadvantages, but rather as obstacles that can be overcome by simple practices, tools, and resources that cannot be found anywhere else.
We live on dirt roads, which don't have many cars on it. one way to improve the roads would be to trim trees and trim areas around intersections, so you could see better. Another improvement would be to have the potholes filled in.
Thank you for showing interest in wanting to participate as a leader at Cowboy Camp. All the positions for Rowdy Riders have been fill, but the logistics team is still looking for workers. As a logistics worker, you will be one of the people who will be first in line to step into a Rowdy Rider position if one does not show up on that day. Working with logistics is just as important as working as a Rowdy Rider.
The organisation accommodates both beginers and well experienced customers for this magnify ride. The club horse is ideally situated between the grey mountain and the lovely white sanded beach. Each horses has their own history.