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Anna Davis – Guest Contributor
Sep 30 @ 1:21 pm

Give the gift of horse power this holiday season. Since 1981, Equest has been providing equine assisted activities and therapies to children, adults and veterans with diverse needs. Your gift supports Equest’s 30 therapy horses and life changing programs that provide hope and healing all year round.

 

Imagine the freedom that a horse provides for those who are unable to walk; the sensory immersion a horse gives someone diagnosed with Autism, or the calming comfort the human-horse connection creates for veterans and first responders coping with PTS, depression or combat-related symptoms. Equest therapy horses do all this and more.

 

The list below outlines gift levels, and custom amounts are also available. Gifts can be made at www.equest.org/donate or by calling 972.412.1099.

 

-        $5,000 sponsors the care of a therapy horse for one year.

-        $2,500 covers physical or occupational therapy (Hippotherapy) for one client for one 11-week semester.

-        $1,000 provides 12 weeks of Equine Facilitated Counseling for a veteran or their family member

-        $550 provides a scholarship for one rider for one 11-week semester

-        $300 enables one client to participate in an EWD (Equestrian with Disabilities) horse show such as Chisolm Challenge, Quarter Horse Congress, Special Olympics, AQHA Equestrians with Disabilities, Dixie Nationals, and NSBA.  

-        $100 provides enough hay to feed the therapy herd for one day

-        $50 covers monthly supplements for one therapy horse

 

About Equest

Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine facilitated counseling and equine assisted learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 30 therapy horses, eight instructors, four therapists, three counselors, and 700 volunteers, lives are changed for more than 2,000 served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 30,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. www.equest.org