#GivingTuesday : Equine-assisted activities and therapies is a cause near and dear to our hearts. That's why the American Quarter Horse Foundation supports activities and therapies with grants. Emma here is a 6-year-old equestrian at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, one of riding centers impacted by a Foundation grant. .
Emma had almost immediate improvement in mobility when she started hippotherapy at 2 years old, and her skills now, four years later, are astonishing. When she was diagnosed as an infant with a microdeletion of the second chromosome, her parents went to work googling and researching, determining what they could do to help her lead her best life. They came across hippotherapy and got her on the waiting list at 6 months old, not believing their luck that Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center was essentially in their Redmond, Washington, backyard. .
We all know horses are magical and life-changing, but we're certain this is their noblest calling yet. This #GivingTuesday , consider a gift to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, a gift that will change the lives of children and adults like Emma. .
I absolutely love the little pose right before he stands up!
These horses and the skills I learned at #therapeutichorsebackriding really helped a lot throughout this health/hospital ordeal.
During my recent event there was a lot to deal with! However, whenever I was feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious throughout this recent medical experience, I would close my eyes and imagine being with the horses.
In my mind I visualized the senses and feelings that come up for me from being around the horses. I went through each of my senses that applied, for example how soft the fur on their muzzle is, how their ears move, how they sound, the smells of the stables, how it feels to move with them. I also called on the mindset that I put myself in to work with them.
While visualizing the horses I was able to bring my attention back to my breath as well. This was crucial for me to deal with both the pain and anxiety.
QOTD: what things do you think of in times of stress/anxiety/pain that help you refocus and/or get you through the rough times?
Please note - I know that with high pain levels/anxiety/panic attacks it's often impossible to even see clearly let alone think so this is a tough one!
But! if you can grasp on to one small thing it may help you get through a rough moment... relief even for a minute is still relief!
My coworkers (human and equine) are so awesome. In addition to teaching yoga, I'm also the barn manager @wheatlandfarm. It's such an exceptional place and I feel so blessed to work with the incredible people and horses there. If you live in the area, come volunteer with us!
Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis, or DSLD, is a progressive disorder that involves the breakdown of connective tissue in the horse's body. The classic sign is "dropping" of the pasterns/fetlocks, particularly in the rear legs. We added big trailers to this horse's hind shoes to give him added support, since his suspensory ligaments are no longer able to do their job adequately. While there isn't a cure for DSLD, we can often keep these horses comfortable for a while, sometimes for years. It just depends on how quickly their bodies break down. This is a therapeutic riding horse who works with kids with disabilities. He's totally worth the effort to keep him happy as long as we can.
Horse Care #101 (Let's Learn About Thrush) — Our pal, Blue, has thrush so we thought it might be of interest to learn a bit more about it. Thrush is a bacterial infection that occurs on the hoof of a horse, specifically in the region of the frog. The "frog" covers about 25% of the bottom of the hoof and acts as a shock absorber for the foot when it makes impact with the ground, decreasing the force placed on the bones and joints of the leg. The frog is also an important part of the horse's circulatory system — it pumps blood up the horse's leg each time the frog makes contact with the ground. Therefore, farriers try to keep the frog as large and ground-covering as possible when they trim or shoe the feet.
The bacterium that causes thrush occurs naturally in the animal's environment — especially in wet or muddy conditions. Some horses are more at risk of developing thrush, especially those with deep clefts, or narrow or contracted heels. Such appears to be the case for Blue, who has had thrush previously on this left front hoof, but now has it on his right front hoof. (You can see the difference between Blue's healthy hoof and his infected one in the photos. The frog is the triangular part of the hoof.) Our #farrier , Scott Beebe first noticed that Blue might have a new infection a couple of weeks ago and suggested we have our vet, Dr. Paul Patton, take a look at it. Dr. Patton wrapped Blue's infected hoof (see photo) and prescribed a care regimen, which included having Scott put shoes on Blue's feet and apply fresh wound dressing. Scott has also added a steel plate over Blue's shoe to help keep the infected foot dry. We're happy to report Blue is recovering from his infection.
We'd like to extend a big "Thank You" to Patton Equine Services and Scott Beebe for their ongoing, excellent care of our horses. We'd also like to thank everyone who donates to Camp Able - your generosity makes providing this care possible.
Once fully rehabilitated, Blue will return to helping people with special needs as one of our trusty therapy horses as shown in photos from past therapeutic riding activities. #magichappenshere#equinetherapy#horsesanctuary#therapeuticriding
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Happy Birthday to Shimmy who celebrates his special day on March 18! 💚 Did you know that Shimmy has the fastest walk in the barn? Our volunteers working with him have to be pretty fit! Another little Shimmy quirk is that he always takes one last bite of hay as he's being led out of his stall for a lesson, and nothing much bothers him except for thunderstorms and babbling brooks - he doesn’t cross them. When Shimmy was being tested to join LMU, he was so willing and happily trotted and returned to a walk when we asked him to do so. He was well-behaved and seemed very happy to be ridden. After Georgia got off she was told that they had wondered if he might buck. She asked, "why would he buck?" Well it turns out he hadn't been ridden for three years! After an accident, his owner gave up riding and Shimmy became a pasture pet. After hearing that and seeing what a good boy he was, Georgia knew he would be great for LMU!
Thank you to all who attended & supported our 2019 Masquerade Gala. With your help, Strides was able to raise more than double what has previously been raised in the past!! .
Let's make sure to give an extra big thank you to all our sponsors & collaborators that helped make the Gala extra special:
Gala Sponsor: Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Associated Brokers @cbtabs
Beef: McCary Meats @mccarymeats
Wine: Gamache Vintners @gamache_vintners
Cider: Sheffield Cider @sheffieldcider
Video: Beyond Sight Media @beyond_sight_media
Photography: Kaila Homes Photography @kailahomesphotography
H.E.L.P. is beyond proud of the riders and horses who competed at the Gold Stirrup horse show yesterday! So many months, weeks and hours of practice and prep went into getting ready and everyone did such a great job!
All 3 ladies competed in Trail, English Pleasure, and Barrels. This was Leesiah and Katie's first time at a horse show but they quickly shook off the nerves and focused on their ride. Jenny had to switch horses mid-show (which is quite challenging!) and won a gold buckle just moments later! H.E.L.P. was also awarded the Sportsmanship Top Club for the show.
We CAN NOT participate in events like these without the extreme dedication and commitment that the volunteers poured in to the prep for this show and weekly practice with the riders and horses. A huge THANK YOU to: Alex, Colleen, Melissa, Alison, Bonnie, Krysta, Tami, Ron, Steve, Emily, Neda, and Caitlin for all of your hard work! Our H.E.L.P. heart is full <3
They say if you love something or someone, letting them go when they need it is the greatest act of love ❤️. Yesterday, Sonic left my barn to go live with another horse owned by a staff member that needs a friend. If he doesn’t like it there, they will bring him back, but if he does, I’ll never see him again. That would be the last kiss I ever gave him 💔
I’m holding back tears as I write this. He was my horse of a lifetime, my heart horse. The first horse I ever truly got to bond with, the first horse I ever rode independently on, the first horse I lead and groomed on my own. The first horse that taught me, tested me, and showed me so much love.
Sonic, I sealed my heart in that kiss and I hope you carry it with you wherever you go and that you remember how much I love you. I hope you like your new place although my heart is breaking knowing that I probably won’t ever see your sweet face again. I know this is what’s best for you and my barn as a business, but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less. When I saw someone leading you back out to the pasture past my car before I went home, I said goodbye to you and you turned your head to look back at me as if to say it would be okay. In that moment I wanted to jump out of my chair, run to you, and throw your arms around your neck in a warm hug, but my body can’t do that. I wanted to get closer to you but my mom wouldn’t let me because she wanted to go home. Then, I watched you walk away, and restrained myself from crying right there.
I cried on the way home, and I’m crying now, all out of love for you. You changed my life and I’ll never forget you. I hope you’ll never forget me.
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With nearly 50 equines under our care, fence repair is a constant maintenance task at Camp Able. The other day we got a little extra help with this chore from Ed McGlothlin, from McGlothlin Associates Construction, and his grandson, Dalton. They were out to the ranch to work on another task when they noticed a problem with one of the fences. Luckily, they had their welding equipment on their truck and they quickly made the repairs. Thanks Ed and Dalton! #magichappenshere#equinetherapy#therapeuticriding#horsesanctuary
A special shoutout to our physiotherapist, Athanasia Prentza who served as a volunteer at the ongoing 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games (March 14 - March 21) in Abu Dhabi. Catch a glimpse of Athanasia's day, which was packed with great games, majestic horses 🏇🏇 and some incredible people.
The 2019 Swallows Day Parade is coming next Saturday! Volunteers, clients, families, board members -everyone is invited to come out and support The Shea Center and the City of San Juan Capistrano in the annual #SwallowsDayParade on Saturday March 23rd. There are no Shea lessons that day and we encourage our riders and their families to join us in the parade/on our trolley (trolley space is limited, but we still have room, please RSVP). #SanJuanCapistrano#SheaCenter#TherapeuticRiding#OCnonProfit#EquineTherapy#OrangeCounty
A new study has found that therapeutic riding helps lower stress levels in adolescents with #Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the study, researchers compared the effectiveness of 10 consecutive, 1-hour sessions of therapeutic riding with stress management techniques on stress levels in 27 youth with ASD between the ages of 13 and 22. The results showed that the stress management protocol and the therapeutic riding protocol were equally effective in decreasing levels of salivary cortisol. But, in comparing the two therapies, the therapeutic riding protocol showed greater changes in cortisol levels than did the stress management protocol. Cortisol is the hormone that regulates body processes including stress.
The researchers noted that youth on the autism spectrum who are lower functioning in verbal exchange may have more difficulty actively participating in the stress management program than therapeutic riding. They also noted that therapeutic riding offers additional benefits that stress management cannot. For example, therapeutic riding can also promote proper posture, trunk balance and leg strength to improve posture and gait for community and work tasks. Equine-assisted activities also provide sensory input.
The study was funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) and conducted at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. #therapeuticriding#equinetherapy#specialneeds#autism