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Riding for the Handicapped of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.Riding for the Handicapped of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
To enhance the progress of disabled children through therapeutic horseback riding. To supplement traditional physical therapy and educational development by improving muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor skills, self-esteem and general ... Read more
To enhance the progress of disabled children through therapeutic horseback riding. To supplement traditional physical therapy and educational development by improving muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor skills, self-esteem and general well being. To provide a program at no fee to families with handicapped children.
RHWPA is a therapeutic horseback riding program that has helped children and young adults with disabilities for over 30 years. It is run entirely by volunteers and funded exclusively by donations, fundraising and grants.
by Tabitha L. from Verona, PA
This organization is a beautiful thing, large groups of teens and adults alike coming together on their own time without any pay at all to bring joy to the faces of the handicapped. This volunteer service is one of the most rewarding things I've ever participated in.
Riding for the Handicapped of Western PA is one of the best volunteer opportunities I have ever encountered.
Helping the children mount the horse and go around the track was one of the most encouraging things I have ever done with a child with special needs. The horse walks not only for but WITH the child and for someone who cannot walk on their own, this is an experience that could never be duplicated without these powerful creatures; it is a relationship between two living things that cannot be achieved with a machine or other walking aid. Emphasis is on fostering self-efficacy.
Do yourself a favor and get up to the stables!