Horse and Buddy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding including sport, recreation, therapy, and education to people with special needs, while encouraging bonding between horse and rider.
Riding a horse is an enjoyable experience for many people, but for an individual with a disability it can be much more â a road to recovery. Each year people with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities are discovering the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding. Whether itâ s a five year old with Down Syndrome, or a 45 year old recovering from a spinal cord injury, horseback riding provides challenges as well as rewards for many.Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the riderâ 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 increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem. The sense of independence found on horseback benefits all who ride.
The people who work here are wonderful. The riders are so sweet while the staff ar e always willing to give a helping hand and love what they do. It is such a wonderful and fulfilling experience that I would recommend to anyone.
This is a really great program! Each time you volunteer you have the opportunity to work with some terrific special needs kids, help them enjoy riding, learn, and hopefully brighten their day. The sense of fulfillment is awesome! Horse & Buddy's Staff, Instructors, and other Volunteers are all tremendous people. I can't say enough good things about this program. If you have horse experience, great! If not, that's fine too. They always need side-walkers to assist the kids.