WHO ARE OUR PARTICIPANTS IN
Our participants range in age from five to senior citizens. All have a physical, cognitive, or emotional life challenge. Some of the challenges we serve include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, MS, PTSD, depression, anxiety, behavior disorders, bi-polarism, hearing and vision impairment, development delay, and more. Most have multiple challenges.
As a PATH (Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship) member center,
we offer therapeutic riding and equine assisted
learning. PATH requires high standards of
professionalism and safety for people working
in the field. Each member center must follow strict
guidelines and each instructor must maintain certification.
In general, equine-assisted activities include therapeutic riding and other mounted and ground activities such as ground driving, round penning, advanced obstacle leading, grooming and stable management, where participants, volunteers, instructors, horses and/or other equines are involved.
SPONSOR A RIDER OR PARTICIPANT
Some of our riders/participants come from low-income or financially challenged families and cannot pay for services, but we do not want to turn them away! It costs us $1,600 a year (or $40 for 40 lessons) to serve a rider. Any contribution toward a lesson or a series of lessons is much appreciated. Just click on the DONATE button below the photos of our herd. Thank you so much!
OUR THERAPY HORSES
Each of our therapy horses was specifically chosen for his or her unique gait, personality, size, width, and training. After a horse arrives at Colby's Army, he or she undergoes a rigorous vetting and training process that teaches each individual how to be a therapy horse. Only after a minimum of 90 days of therapy training, is the horse allowed to participate in lessons. Each horse also has a specific, year-round feed, exercise, conditioning, and training schedule that is adjusted according to the needs of each individual horse. Our herd is currently full, and at this point in time we are not looking for new horses or ponies.
MEET THE HERD
Tessie: 15.2 hand chestnut Belgian/Quarter Horse mare born in 2001. Tessie was bred and trained by the Amish as a cart horse. Tessie is the PATH Region 5 2017 equine of the Year!
Quincy: 16 hand registered bay Appaloosa gelding born in 1999. Quincy is a retired 4-H, event, and third-level Dressage horse.
Lex: 16.1 hand silver dapple bay Thoroughbred/draft cross gelding born in 2002. Lex is a former trail horse..
Braxton: 16.2 hand registered chestnut Thoroughbred gelding (registered name Hard to Handle) born in 2010. Braxton is a retired race horse and is a great-grandson of Mr. Prospector, and Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Alydar, and a grandson of Danzig.
Therapeutic riding (TR) is an equine-assisted activity with the goal of improving the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs through mounted activities on horseback.
Our therapeutic riding participants learn horsemanship, sportsmanship, grooming and tacking, social skills, and everything from left/right directions, counting, two- and three-step directions, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and much more. Participants must be age five or older and under 200 pounds. We currently are not able to serve any mounted wheelchair participant who weighs more than 125 lbs, however we encourage participation in unmounted equine assisted learning activities.
We also reserve the right not to offer mounted activities to any participant if our certified instructors feel the safety of the participant, horse, or volunteers would be compromised.
EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING
Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional, and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.
Our equine assisted learning participants learn about horses and themselves through activities such as horse health, stable management, grooming, longeing and round penning, ground driving, advanced obstacle leading, learning about herd dynamics, and other fun, experiential activities with horses. Each lesson is tied to an activity that involves leadership, time management, affect, respect, teamwork, etc. Participants must be age eight or older.
INTERESTED IN TR OR EAL?
Each participant is assessed onsite at our learning center, to be sure the activity is a good fit. (Some medical conditions are contraindicated for equine activities.) After the assessment and initial meeting, the participant can then be assigned an instructor and a horse, and slotted into a lesson time.
Note: if the actual or "feels like" temperature is 94 or higher, or if the combined temperature and humidity is 150 or greater, we will not have equestrian activities on that day. Volunteers, and participants or their families, should text their instructor if they have not heard anything regarding a heat-related cancellation for a specific lesson.
Please contact us to learn about lesson fees and other information.