Helping with Horsepower™, is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that designs volunteer programs that empower, encourage, and raise funds for worthy charities. Helping with Horsepower™ has developed several programs that have shown proven results, including the Helping with Horsepower™ SpiritHorse Program.
The mission of the HWH SpiritHorse Program is to assist individuals with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses. Through an amazing partnership with Crystal Young of Reclamation-Ranch, and Noreen Young of Life’s Trail, HWH was able to launch this program summer of 2015!
This program utilizes movements and activities on the horse to develop rhythm and balance, and stimulate brain activity that actually works as effective intervention for the deficits of disabilities.
This therapy builds a variety of skills:
- Balance & coordination
- Flexibility & core muscle strength
- Speech & communication
- Self-esteem & self-confidence
Our goals include addressing each rider’s individual needs and achieve the goals his or her parents, contributing therapists and doctors, and HWH SpiritHorse instructors set. As clients move through the 88-step Equine-Assisted Healthcare Program, progress is measured according to the mastery of these steps. Because we serve such a wide range of age and physical and cognitive functioning ability, success is measured in the individual accomplishments and milestones of each. General success, however, is measured by the clients’ improvement in different areas affected by disabilities. These include improvement in balance, coordination, muscle strength and flexibility, self-confidence, independence, and progress in environments outside our center – home, school, etc.