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New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding



New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding
PO Box 32505
Santa Fe NM 87594
505-948-6900

Tax ID/EIN: 46-5184226
Year Founded: 2006
Last Updated 2017-03-24

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding (NMCTR) seeks to improve the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with disabilities, as well as homeless and in-crisis youth, through professional therapeutic horseback riding programs that help them increase independence and life/leadership skills and improve their physical, mental, and behavioral health.

Horse-related programs:
The New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding provides instruction in riding and horsemanship with the goal of expanding the cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills and well-being of individuals with special needs.Students of all ages and abilities participate in our program with the ultimate goal of learning to ride as independently as possible, gaining enhanced self-confidence from their accomplishments.The mission of the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding is to enrich and expand the lives of children, youth and adults with special needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Our instructors, who are certified by PATH Intl., develop a lesson plan that is specific to each individual’s needs and goals. We offer private and group lessons. In addition to serving persons with special needs, NMCTR also offers riding to seniors over 60. The New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding was founded in 2006, and many of our students have been part of our program since its inception.NMCTR holds several eight-week sessions yearly, as well as a week-long summer camp, with individual and/or group riding lessons for persons with special needs. Students/riders learn aspects of horse care, saddling and bridling, as well as riding. Each rider is encouraged to participate fully in these activities to the best of their ability. New and returning riders are evaluated as to progress and to assess ongoing goals and achievements. Santa Fe Youth Shelters and the Center provide opportunities for homeless or troubled teens to develop a sense of self-worth and responsibility through our horsemanship program. Opportunities to bond and have fun are presented. Internship opportunities are made available for interested teens. The Santa Fe Transitional Education Program and NMCTR work together to<br />keep teens in school through a special class offering instruction in horse knowledge, followed by opportunities to ride.Currently, NMCTR is providing a semester-long internship program to twenty high school students from The MASTERS Program charter school. Participation in the intern program satisfies the community service requirement for these students. As interns, the kids learn about aspects of horse care/management and the therapeutic riding program, and provide assistance in these areas.In addition to our ongoing programs, NMCTR has just instituted a pilot program, the School Outreach Project, for Spring and Fall of 2017. This innovative project is the only program of its kind in New Mexico, and coordinates with participating local elementary and middle schools to provide scholarships to our PATH certified therapeutic riding program for underserved children with special needs in Santa Fe County. The 2017 project will serve 64 - 84 children living with a variety of disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, PTSD, emotional disturbances, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. In addition to mounted activities, students will take part in interactive unmounted lessons related to horses, such as identifying parts of the horse, learning to care for a horse, types of breeds and colors, and so on. These lessons are built around some sort of arts and crafts activity or a game to encourage the participation of every student. NMCTR intends to expand this project beyond 2017 and will seek grants, corporate funding and individual donations to do so, as well as holding several fundraising activities during the the year. Additionally, classroom teachers and special education coordinators will be encouraged to seek their own grants to fund their students based on the life-changing results that they see in the children/youth who participate. Therapeutic riding has been proven to contribute positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of individuals with special needs. Just experiencing the rhythmic movement of the horse can be therapeutic; riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.The fact that an individual is living with a disability does not preclude him/her from enjoying all that riding and a relationship with a horse has to offer. The Board, Staff and Volunteers at NMCTR are all dedicated to our program motto, “Changing Lives, One Stride at a Time”.

Non-horse-related programs:
None at this time.


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