Macie is 5 1/2 and a perinatal stroke survivor. She has just completed her first session at Horsepower, and I can see improvements in her balance, trunk strength and control, and confidence.
Dear Mr. Clifford and the staff and volunteers at the Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center,
It was a great day for our kids and an even better day to remember, thanks to you and your staff and the family of volunteers and Masons who hosted our kids on July 27, 2013 at your center. ... read more
Special thanks to Mr. Clifford, who worked for some time now with our Home to make this trip something great for our kids. Not only was this a fun day, it was a new opportunity and our Home strives to provide different and unique learning experiences to complement our mission. This was a wonderful example of giving to the entire purpose of our Home and those it serves. If there are others we can acknowledge for this day and its success, please do not hesitate to contact me and forward this information. For the food, the time, the work, the funds, and the entire event, thank you all, for adding to the lives and memories of our children. Please keep in touch and come and see us again soon.
I am a sidewalker and leader for Horsepower. I've only been volunteering here for 5 weeks, for three hours a week. I volunteered for another therapeutic riding center near my house that also runs under PATH guidelines. I started volunteering there because I love special needs children, and I've grown up with horses and love them also....read more
Rachel has a very special bond with her horse leader, Nancy Young. The two of them have lots of little conversations and as a mom, it is wonderful to see a person take such positive interest in my child. Nancy really takes special care to make Rachel feel special. ... read more
Rachel has mastered a sitting trot and is excelling at a posting trot. She is doing very well with independently steering her horse and spend the majority of some lessons off lead. She currently rides Brandy.
There are no words to truly explain how important horse riding has been to Anna. She enjoys having the same volunteers each session. The kids really do get attached to the adults who work with them and those adults become part of their discussions at home and part of their lives! ... read more
Anna has mastered the sitting trot and is working on a posting trot. She has truly mastered steering her horse independently and spends the majority of her lessons off lead. She currently rides Clipper.
My experience at Horsepower has been wonderful! I hope to get more involved as time goes on and as my schedule allows. I began working with exceptional needs people in the 1980's. I used to ride horses as a teen and loved riding. My work as a special educator has taken me to several jobs working with varied levels of disabilities among students. ... read more
I have been volunteering at horsepower for only a little over a month. I love it! The kids I walk for are the population of kids I miss teaching. They might not be able to communicate fully, but you can see the joy on their faces when they are high upon the horse. They squeal with delight! They also gain physical strength. They work on physical skills, communication skills, and sensory skills. It is so uplifting to watch and be a part of this process.
Another great gift this experience serves is to be unplugged. I am totally present in the moment with that child and that horse. My phone is in the car. No one can reach me for that hour. I am not in a hurry; I am not worried about anything else. Everything else is out of my mind. I also wear double hearing aids and this is a quiet place that gives my ears a rest. Horsepower gives me the opportunity to be near horses and work with children at the same time. I highly recommend it to anyone who is comfortable around horses and children with disabilities. It is pure joy to see these children love the experience of riding a horse and get needed therapies at the same time.
We are so thankful for this program and all the staff and volunteers at HORSEPOWER, who gives their time to make this possible. We are also thankful to all the people and companies who donate money to HORSEPOWER. Kathryn is always very excited about her Monday riding session. ... read more
It is hard to imagine Addie's life without HORSEPOWER. I believe this is at least year 12 but would love to know for sure:). Thank you for ALWAYS being there for Addie. Thank you for always encouraging her and knowing what is best. ... read more
I would like to thank the wonderful staff and volunteers for the MANY long, tiring and sometimes thankless hours that they put in each and every day at HORSEPOWER. This allows us, as clients, to have a facility that gives us a chance not to give up. ... read more
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas but most of all. God Bless each of you for coming into my life!