#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. .
4627347:10 PM Nov 27, 2018
#shakeitout moment with Loki for #fjordfriday
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!
Much love to all of you 💜💜💜 ______
162214:33 PM Jun 29, 2018
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!
Our new friends at Moose's Mission will be here at the BTG Hose for a fun tie-blanket workshop/party! March 16th from 2:00-4:00. While waiting for their forever homes in shelters and rescues, Moose’s Mission believes that every dog should have their very own blanket & toy. These items provide comfort both physically and emotionally - when an animal feels safe and happy, they are more likely to show their true personality & find a perfect home! Moose’s Mission is making a difference by providing hands on volunteer opportunities in our community both at events and with materials in our "Moose at Home" kits. With the help of our hundreds of volunteers, Moose’s Mission has donated over 2,000 handmade blankets & 1,500 toys to shelter & rescue animals, all given with love. Please RSVP!
This week's Feature Friday is none other than our rockstar Leah!! She recently got accepted to Queen's University for a B.A. in Economics!!
Leah has been with us since 2015, volunteering primarily as a sidewalker but also as a horse handler when we needed a sub.
She came to us through her sister Annie, who had been volunteering with us for 3 years. Annie knew she'd love it and it would help her fulfill her 40 community service hours required by her high school. She's since completed those hours awhile ago, and we're so thankful she's stayed on.
When asked what she loved most about her role, Leah said, "My favourite part of being a side-walker is hearing about the riders life and all of the interesting things they have done. I also really enjoy watching them succeed and then feel proud about what they have accomplished, it really brings a smile to my face."
When Leah isn't helping us at TROtt you can find her at Canterbury High School where she is in the winds program. She's played the flute for 12 years and even won first place in a music competition. In addition to her music Leah rides horses when she can and really enjoys a great yoga practice.
We asked Leah what would really make her day and she said, "It really makes my day when I see or experience random acts of kindness. It really warms my heart!"
Leah is truly one of a kind, and we're so thankful for her hard work and dedication to our program. Leah, on behalf of everyone at TROtt, a huge congratulations on you acceptance to Queen's University! We're so excited to see you take this next step!
Happy #FactFriday! Did you know that we have a room full of adaptive tack to help accommodate a wide range of disabilities? One of our favorite pieces of tack is our endurance saddle! Endurance saddles are traditionally used by competitive endurance riders because they are comfortable enough to sit in for hours at a time. However, we love our endurance saddle because it provides more stability for our riders without being restrictive, and often allows riders with more profound disabilities to ride more independently. One really cool feature of our endurance saddle is the ability to attach a handlebar, which provides extra support for riders who have a hard time holding themselves up on their own. #hhhtrc#therapeuticriding
Despite the pouring rain that led to canceled sessions today, we had a lovely visit at the barn with Cindy Linsenbardt from Indiana and her sweet baby Simeon. Cindy is a certified PATH Intl Instructor who runs the website LessonsInTR.com, a wonderful resource for PATH riding instructors and instructors-in-training. The opportunity to learn from and share program ideas and tips with visiting instructors is one we always cherish, especially way out here in the middle of the Pacific. Cindy dodged the rain and jumped puddles with us to check out our indoor and outdoor arenas and TRP/HVP tack room, and baby Simeon was just busy being adorable. Mahalo for visiting with us, Cindy! Sending you and your family our warmest (and driest) aloha. Safe travels.
Happy Valentine's Day to Jeffrey (our participant), our horses, our donors, and all our wonderful volunteers! ❤️ TBT Jeffery was riding Susie at last year's benefit horse show and is pictured with Bonnie (his mom who also volunteers!), Donna Steinbach, and Jeanne Grambling.
Join us on June 15th at Flintrock Farm for this year's Benefit Horse Show!