In these last weeks of saying farewell to our facility (and the family farm), the idea came to do a last special event…
A celebration of all the good times, the horses, the people.
The lessons, events, clinics, and courses that brought us all together here.
3 years ago, I received a call from a friend in Zimbabwe. We had met years before at a business seminar and had kept in touch, but I was still surprised to see her name on the incoming call.
“The riding stable of my son is about to shut down. They don’t have enough hay to feed the horses next week and they are desperate. These people do amazing work. Can HorseClass help?”
The stable she was referring to was not an ordinary riding school. It was Healing with Horses, an equine therapy center who supports more than 150 disabled children per week.
Children who have been abandoned, cast out, and overlooked by the culture and the country, where many people with disabilities are viewed as cursed and marginalized in the society.
In their program, these children talk for the first time, learn to sit, stand, and walk. They experience acceptance and love, from the horses and the staff.
Healing with Horses has been struggling to find the funding to support their daily operations, let alone make the improvements they need to their facilities to grow and help more children
Our closing celebration at the Farm Campus falls on the same date as the 10th anniversary of Healing with Horses, October 28.
The entire event will be a fundraiser for their program.
Here’s where I am asking for your help,
Founder of HorseClass
Horse/ Human Relationship Specialist
Reiki for Animals
Equine Assisted Coach
Representative of Healing with Horses
Additional Presenters to be announced…
The Centre is a non-profit, voluntary organization with 30 trained ponies and horses (mostly rescues) that serves up to 150 disabled children per week.
They rely completely on the kindness of others, including voluntary help, donations and sponsorships to help those in need.
“At the Healing with Horses Therapeutic Centre we work with a lot of children who have cerebral palsy. CP is a weakness or lack of muscle control that originates in the brain with the result of stiffness, slowness, shakiness and difficulty in balance.
The key to therapy on horseback lies in the movement of a horse. As a horse walks, its center of gravity is displaced three-dimensionally with a movement that is very similar to the action of the human pelvis during gait. The warmth of the horse in conjunction with this movement helps riders relax and teaches their muscles the rhythmical patterns of walking. Their muscles are strengthened by increased use and the exercises stimulate coordination, concentration and memory.
Horses naturally motivate children to move, explore and touch. This natural desire and the reciprocal interaction from a non-judgmental accepting being creates a feeling of safety, achievement, confidence and above all joy in our riders.
Therapy on horseback is not just for people with CP. Children and adults experiencing autism, down syndrome, vision impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, physical and emotional abuse and depression can all benefit from sustained interaction with horses.”