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Special Spirit Inc



Special Spirit Inc
9889 Helen Ave
Shadow Hills CA 91040
323-428-5005

Tax ID/EIN: 26-2504871
Year Founded: 2008
Last Updated 2017-04-11

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 organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Special Spirit is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, and all-inclusive environment in which people can explore the horse-human bond and enrich their lives through affordable and effective equine assisted therapies.

Special Spirit changes lives, one person at a time, with this high impact, experiential treatment solution for children challenged by autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs or disabilities. Special Spirit's equine programs have also provided a powerful healing venue for individuals struggling with addiction and recovery, as well as for challenged youth with identified social and behavioral issues that are particularly difficult to successfully address through traditional "talk therapy". Special Spirit is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified center.

Horse-related programs:
Special Spirit provides therapeutic riding and horsemanship to special needs individuals, including at risk youth, foster children and veterans. Specials Spirit are also involved with EAP, EAT & EAL (Equine assisted psychotherapy, therapy and learning)for both sober living facilities, kids in foster care and veterans. Alongside our therapy programs we also offer affordable riding to able bodied kids as an after school activity. They can also participate in our volunteer program in exchange of discounted riding lessons and also do their community service hours required for high school.

Non-horse-related programs:
Special Spirit organize an open house, twice a year, for young children that may be on the autism spectrum, for sensory discovery. We have the children feed and touch, cats, dogs, chicken, and also groom a horse and finish with a bareback ride. We also offer an arts & craft program in our ceramic art studio.


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Opportunity
Minimum Age: 14
Special Spirit is a nonprofit PATH Int’l certified therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs. We strive to work with a child's parents, teachers, and therapists to help the child overcome obstacles and achieve their goals while teaching him or her to ride and care for a horse.
Volunteers need no previous experience with horses or special needs children to contribute their time to our program. Our PATH certified instructors will help you learn as you work. Some of the tasks given to volunteers include grooming and preparing horses before their lessons and leading or side-walking during lessons.
If you'd prefer, there is also plenty of work to be done around the barn that does not require handling horses.

Volunteer Opportunity For Community Hours
Minimum Age: 14
Special Spirit, a nonprofit PATH Int’l certified therapeutic riding center for children and adults with special needs. We strive to work with a child's parents, teachers, and therapists to help the child overcome obstacles and achieve their goals while teaching him or her to ride and care for a horse.
Volunteers need no previous experience with horses or special needs children to contribute their time to our program. Our PATH certified instructors will help you learn as you work. Some of the tasks given to volunteers include grooming and preparing horses before their lessons and leading or side-walking during lessons.
If you'd prefer, there is also plenty of work to be done around the barn that does not require handling horses.

Wish List Items


Electrolites

Equine Senior

Joint Medication

Fly Spray

Water Fountain

Movable Ramp

Orchard Hay For Our Special Horses

Covered Arena 100'x200'

Carrots