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Therapeutic Horseback Riding Classes

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ORGANIZATION: Bit-by-Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

  • 2 people are interested
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We are in need of volunteers with a desire to help children and adults with special need. Plus, get your horse cuddles because all classes are on horseback! All adults 15 years and older are welcome. No horse experience necessary, we will teach you all you need to know. Volunteers needs to be able to walk consistently for 45 minutes but can be paired with smaller/slower horses if needed. Classes are Monday through Friday at varying times during the day, so we can work with your schedule. Email me for questions or to sign up for an orientation.

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About Bit-by-Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Location:

14674 S Highway 169, Oologah, OK 74053, US

Mission Statement

Bit By Bit provides a safe, regularly scheduled equine experience for individuals with special needs. We use equestrian activities to engage the bodies, minds, and spirits of people facing challenges in their lives. Certified professional instructors, trained volunteers, and skilled horses work with students to achieve individual goals. Together, we make strides for those with special needs!

Description

Since opening in 1997, Bit by Bit has been and continues to be Northeast Oklahoma's premier therapeutic riding program. Founded by Linda Barron and originally located in Claremore, Bit by Bit began as a way to make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs through equine therapy. Over the years, the program has relocated to Oologah and expanded to serve over 70 students, offering therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults living with a variety of special needs. One thing hasn't changed: the commitment to making a difference in riders' lives. This is possible thanks to over 150 volunteers, nearly 20 horses, and generous support from donors.

The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding are many and varied. Because the horse gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increase confidence, patience, and self-esteem. Educational goals like letter and color recognition can be incorporated into riding activities. Lessons also provide a positive social experience for students as they interact with volunteers, staff members, other riders, and horses. Research shows that individuals of all ages who participate in equine-assisted activities and therapies can experience physical and emotional rewards.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities
Animals, Education & Literacy, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

14674 S. Highway 169Oologah, OK 74053, OK 74053

(36.40015,-95.78406)
 

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Child Development
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week

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