Feed a 1,200 pound Therapist
What are the appropriate grade levels?
Kindergarten through 12th grade
Is there a limit to the number of participants?
Is there an opportunity for community service?
Is there a deadline for this project?
Is this a new or existing project?
Estimated project cost:
Our project is an ongoing, yearly opportunity to help us “feed a 1200lb therapist.” Swiftsure provides equine-assisted therapy for over 100 individuals in our community with a variety of disabilities.
Our riders range from 2 to 80 years of age with physical, mental or cognitive disabilities. Our teams consist of a certified instructor, volunteer(s) and a horse. Horses’ walking movements are almost identical to the movement of a person walking. If a person is unable to walk or needs assistance, our horses help the body move as if the person were walking. The horses gait is considered for each student and the horse is chosen by the need of the client. A horse with a choppy gait may be well suited for a student who has attention deficit issues because the student has to concentrate to stay on the horse and then can be more attentive to the lesson and the cognitive tasks we have them perform. Many of our students receive therapy in other more traditional settings, but here at Swiftsure Ranch, our horses provide a unique and important role that cannot be reached in other settings.
During this sponsorship project, if a student or class chooses to sponsor one of our many horses they will get regular updates from our equine manager, pictures of their horse, the opportunity to come and help with his/her care which may include feeding, grooming and cleaning the stalls. In addition, the student/class will get special recognition in our publications.