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Hope Therapy, Inc.

Hope Therapy, Inc.
1591 Big Branch Road
Middleburg FL 32068

Tax ID/EIN: 20-0373761
Year Founded: 2001
Last Updated 2016-03-24

Public Charity

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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:
It is Hope Therapy\'s mission to improve the quality of life of children and adults, with special needs, using equine assisted activities and therapy.

Horse-related programs:
1. Hippotherapy sessions are provided by our certified physical therapist and occupational therapist along with volunteers and horses. The horse’s movement combined with the traditional therapy interventions of our therapists provides a unique experience for the rider. As they ride they can experience an improvement in their muscle tone, vestibular reactions, sensorimotor integration, and midline postural control. Each rider has a different physical response to their sessions; these are just some of the areas that can be impacted. This combination of horse and therapist doesn’t stop there! Riders often have personal growth due to the positive psychological, social, emotional, and behavioral effects of riding. <br/>2. Our occupational therapist, physical therapist, certified therapeutic riding instructor, volunteers, and our horses provide therapeutic riding lessons. These lessons provide those with special needs the opportunity to learn riding and horsemanship skills. Therapeutic riding lessons also provide physical, cognitive, and social benefits as a rider interacts with their horse, volunteers, instructor, and fellow riders. The riding arena is an amazing stage for riders to blossom and develop self-confidence with the help of their equine partners! <br/>3. Horses Helping Veterans is a project we offer to military veterans to provide them a safe equestrian environment where they can receive the assistance they need whether it be providing physical and/or emotional support and healing or they just need a place where they can feel safe and comfortable in the company of other military members and our horses.<br/>4.“Horses of Hope” is a program that reaches out to children who are at a local hospital. Children are given a small stuffed horse that has a special tag that reads, “Good for one horse ride at Hope Therapy.” It is our heart’s desire that this encourages the children as they continue to recover and gives them something to look forward to! <br/>5. Hope Therapy provides the community with opportunities to become involved, learn, and give back. Many volunteers feel that when they come to the farm it is a therapy session for them. They build relationships with riders, horses, staff, and other volunteers; see the progress of riders; learn about horses; and are filled with an uplifted, positive feeling. Some of our student volunteers have been so inspired that they decided to go into the health care profession! Hope Therapy also has “Work Days” which is when a group comes to help with a particular project around the farm. These groups come from businesses, churches, 4H clubs, and scout troops. We may be a smaller program, but we are thrilled to be making an impact on our community!

Non-horse-related programs:
We only offer horse-related services.

Volunteer Opportunities

Project Helper
Minimum Age: 13
This could be an individual or a group. There are many projects that need tending to around the farm. These include cleaning grooming brushes, polishing tack, sweeping office, cleaning stalls, gardening, and so much more. We host work days for groups who are looking to give back. Churches, scout troops, businesses, etc. can organize a group to come out to the farm to help with a particular project.

Horse Leader
Minimum Age: 13
The horse leader will lead the horse during a session. While leading the horse they need to be aware of the horse, therapist, side walker, and patient at all times. They need to be alert to changes in the horse as well as the patient and be able to adapt or explain their opinion on the situation to the therapist.

Minimum Age: 13
The side-walker assists the therapist by walking along side of the patient and horse that the therapist is not on to provide stability and support as they ride. The side-walker needs to be prepared to take the patients foot out of the stirrup and assisting their leg over the horse at a moments notice in case of emergency. This depends on the rider. The side-walker also has the opportunity to interact with the rider, encourage them, and assist with their activities.

Administrative Duties
Minimum Age: 16
This volunteer opportunity is for individuals that enjoy doing things such as writing newsletters, organizing fundraisers, grant research and writing, writing templates, and other office duties that are involved in operating a non-profit organization.

Horse Groom
Minimum Age: 13
The horse groom involves catching the horse from pasture before patient arrives. The horse groom will groom and tack the horse in preparation for the session. If the patient is able and willing they will assist the horse groomer to work on sensory stimulation, dexterity, and trust.

Wish List Items

Fence Posts
4 ft Stall Doors
Manure Spreader
Asphalt paint
Rubber Mats
Mucking Forks
Barn Fan
Electrolyte Supplements

Bottled Water
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Cleaning Supplies

Fly Masks
Joint Supplements
Aloe (liquid)
Grooming Supplies