Do you like giving back to your community, and feeling appreciated when you do. There are so many volunteering opportunites out there and we are grateful that you took the time to read about our organization. We are a therapeutic riding program whose focus is on the military and children with developmental disabilities, particularly Autism.
What we need the most however are people to walk side by side with the horses during the lesson and help the horse handler maintain safety for the child. We need volunteers who can promise coming in at least once a week for a five or six week block of time to help with lessons.
Volunteers will be expected to come to meetings and workshops, where our staff will teach basic horse handling techniques in order for volunteers to feel comfortable enough working around the animals. Our main goal outside of providing an awesome experience to the children and adults in the lessons, is to keep everyone involved including horses safe.
'Horses with Wings’ goal is to improve the lives of riders and equine enthusiasts of all ages using a range of therapeutic equine facilitated activities and exercises. There are so many documented benefits to this therapy with significant improvement in both physical and psychological areas as well as responses to social environments. Balance, muscle strength, communication and a higher self esteem, self image and improved interpersonal skills are all things that can be gained by choosing to participate in this exciting type of therapy. It takes the individual outside of the typical office setting and makes working towards therapy goals seem less like work and more like fun.
'Horses with Wings’ is a local therapeutic riding program located in Tucson, Arizona. It was founded, and is directed, by Michelle Mastrangelo M. Ed., BCBA L-BA. Michelle is also the Lead Trainer.
Currently, we have eight amazing equine partners working with our 'Horses with Wings’ family. Cowboy, Sedona, Dynamite, Reba, Dana, Baxter, Fritz and Iceman. These wonderful miracle-working creatures, paired with our devoted and caring staff, makes for a great learning and growing environment for individuals and families.
Therapeutic Riding is a growing and widely-accepted treatment for rehabilitating a range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Conditions served include: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, and cognitive disorders. Riders experience increased self-confidence and improvement in strength, balance, coordination, attention span, language and social skills.
Ms. Mastrangelo is a member of the Professional Association the Therapeutic Horsemenship International (PATH) and working toward her Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification. She and her staff work with very creative ways to increase communication skills, social skills along with motor development and balance of all riding participants. Each participant has specific goals and objectives developed for them that are designed to decrease their area of need and increase their strengths. Some clients are more interested in working on the ground and not riding while some clients enjoy the ground work and the riding.