You can be a Foster Friend to one of our horses
in our Therapeutic Riding Program!
Thank you for sponsoring the Annual Therapeutic Riding Show
The Swinerton Foundation Ms. Norma Goodnight
Helen Woodward Animal Center thanks "The Country Friends" and The "Menard Foundation" for their support of our Therapeutic Riding program!
Special thanks to Linda Pfleger Edwards and the Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation, Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, Elizabeth and Donald Dickinson Foundation, and the Toby Wells Foundation for making our weekly riding lessons possible
Therapeutic Riding – Horse
Therapy for Children and Adults with Special Needs
The Center's Therapeutic Riding program benefits children and adults who have a variety of special needs relating to cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and autism to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. Students ride specially trained horses with our certified instructors in weekly sessions to develop increased balance and muscle control, improve concentration and short-term memory, and enhance their confidence and self-esteem.
See how Therapeutic Riding at Helen Woodward Animal Center is changing the lives of the Ausen family.
Therapeutic Riding News and Notes
The Therapeutic Riding Program is already deep into a fun and rewarding 2013, and we have several exciting events fast approaching. If you will be attending the 25th Annual Spring Fling Gala on June 1st please say hello to rider Sarah and her mother, Shihong, who will be speaking about the program. Their story is truly inspiring, and Sarah’s happy, outgoing nature is infectious. We’ll also have one or two other clients and families mingling with the crowd who will be happy to share with you their experiences in the program.
The week of June 18th we’ll begin accepting donations for our annual used tack sale, which will take place on Saturday August 3rd. Is your tack room getting so clogged with saddles, bridles, and other “horsey” accessories that you can barely reach your grooming kit? Do you have piles of unused saddle pads, horse blankets, and boots collecting dust in the corner? Donate those gently-used items to our tack sale! We’ll find a new home for those items you never use, with all the proceeds going to benefit the therapeutic riding program. All donations are tax deductible!
The staff of the Therapeutic Riding Program would also like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Rodrigo Vasquez of Equine Surgical Services, which operates out of the Center’s Equine Hospital. Dr. Vasquez is a renowned equine veterinarian who cares for internationally known equine competitors in a variety of disciplines. We are so grateful that he also generously donates his time and talents to the special equines in our program. Without Dr. Vasquez’s support, our horses could not provide our riders with the amazing experiences they do. Thank you, Dr. Vasquez!