Launched in 2010, EQUI-KIDS affiliate program, EQUI-VETS Service Program, offers physical and mental healing through equine activities for armed service members wounded in the line of duty. Offering therapeutic horseback riding, horse care activities and outdoor experiences, this program is offered to active duty and retired veterans at no cost in honor of their dedicated service to our country. Interacting with the horse strengthens emotional bonds, builds trust and confidence with each session. The goal of the program is to assist in physical and mental healing through equine activities to help our heroes reconnect to their families and their lives.
The EQUI-VETS Service Program offers the support of fellow military personnel to assist with the therapeutic riding session, and for those participants who do not wish to ride, many join our volunteer ranks to lend a hand on the farm.
EQUI-KIDS offers physical and occupational therapy services incorporating Hippotherapy (Hippotherapy is greek for horse/hippo and treatment /therapy). Hippotherapy uses the movement of the horse to improve physical condition, neurological function and sensory processing. Our specially trained Therapists utilizes the multi-dimensional movement of the horse to achieve gait training, balance, postural/core control, strengthening and range of motion goals. Impairments are addressed through the variability of the horse’s movement by modifying the rhythm, tempo and cadence of the horse’s movement. This movement provides physical and sensory input which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. For more information contact Kathy Chitwood at (757) 721-7350 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
EQUI-KIDS proudly serves more than 137 individuals each week through our therapeutic riding program. We offer 30-minute private lessons, 45-minute semi-private lessons (2 riders) and 60-minute group lesson (4 riders). Our team of hard-working horses provide equine-assisted activities to a diverse group of riders each week and our programs offer support to individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder and more.
EQUI-KIDS offers a School Partnership Program to benefit special needs students from area elementary and middle school systems. Students participate in riding and theory classes once a week over a six-week period every spring and fall. We partner with special education teachers to reinforce their lesson plans and enhance the life skills and development of special needs students. For more information contact Kathy Chitwood at (757) 721-7350 or via email at email@example.com
We are now offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy groups from July 11th-August 22nd (Mondays). These groups will focus on the topics listed below and are
unmounted activities. This will be a 5 week session and the cost is $35 per class ($175 total).
1: Pre-teen self esteem group (ages 11-13) focus on building positive relationships and coping skills, 2:00pm
2: Autism social skills building group, Focus on building communication skills and appropriate boundaries, 3:00pm
3: Caregivers support group, Focus on support and guidance for adult caregivers with children with disabilities, 4:00pm
Everyone is invited to attend these groups. They will be conducted by our Equine Assisted Therapist, Melanie Huss, LPC.
Lesson fees can be paid with a check payable to EQUI-KIDS, or online with a credit card via Paypal payment processing. You do not need to have a Paypal account to make a payment, simply select "pay with a credit or debit card."
For more information contact Kathy Chitwood at (757) 721-7350 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org