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StableStrides

EFP

StableStrides has been providing equine therapy to the community since 1981! We are a premier accredited program through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (www.pathintl.org) ensuring safety and quality services. StableStrides is currently seeking volunteer horse handlers to assist in our Mental Health Therapy sessions offered at the Norris-Penrose Event Center on Tuesdays - Saturdays between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Volunteers are needed to maintain a safe and supportive environment by safely handling the horse, observing and giving feedback on horse behaviors, and sharing observations with the therapist about how clients and the horses interact. We work with active duty service members, veterans, and civilians.

VOLUNTEER QUALIFICATIONS:

Solid horse handling skills (training available)
Ability to confidently direct clients safely around the horses
Excellent communication skills
Commitment to at least 2 months of programming
18 years or older

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING AT STABLESTRIDES:

A chance to change lives through the amazing attributes of the horse
Working with the incredible animals that make up the StableStrides herd
Reduced fee riding lessons
Looks great on resumes and college applications

ABOUT EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY:

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is a form of experiential psychotherapy that includes horses. This includes a number of mutually beneficial equine activities such as handling, grooming, and lunging.

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About StableStrides

Location:

13620 Halleluiah Trail, Elbert, CO 80106, US

Mission Statement

To significantly improve the lives of individuals through a connections with horses.

Description

Not only is StableStrides (formerly Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center) the oldest and largest program in El Paso County, we are the only PATH, Intl Premier Accredited Center in the area. We offer Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities as well as Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) to those experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD and other Mental Health issues.

Animals
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd # 3Colorado Springs, CO 80905

(38.82298,-104.84842)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Mental Health
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services
  • Equestrian

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 1 - 3 hours/week for a 2 month session

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