Equine Sharing Program, Inc. is a charitable organization exempt from income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. This program was organized to fulfill a growing need for equine assisted therapy for handicapped individuals who do not have the financial means to pay for this program on their own.
Many health care providers, including occupational and physical therapists, are recognizing the many benefits horseback riding is providing for children and adults with disabilities or health problems. Even though horseback riding may be prescribed by a physician as therapy to improve a disability, the patient may not be eligible for assistance from a government agency and lacks funds of their own to be able to participate in an equine therapy program.
Thanks to generous donations from the community and local businesses, eligible individuals will be able to experience the many benefits of horseback riding which will improve their quality of life both physically and mentally through their interaction with the horse. Recipients will be granted scholarships to be used exclusively for therapeutic horseback riding from a qualified instructor certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) at a riding facility that is a member center of NARHA. Our scholarship committee will select eligible scholarship recipients based upon available funds and financial need.
Individuals benefiting from these scholarships will be selected based upon financial and therapeutic needs. Equine assisted therapy uses the physical and emotional benefits of the horse to achieve positive results in the lives of disabled individuals. Through the use of instructors that are certified with NARHA and trained volunteers, these individuals are provided with an opportunity to interact emotionally and physically with the horse through the development of trust, seof confidence and discipline. Riding also provides many benefits to its rider from the horse’s range of movement that increases muscle strength and improves flexibility and balance.