We are a 2017 Messenger!
We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.
The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.
Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.
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PO Box 69
Milford PA 18337
Tax ID/EIN: 22-3444872
Year Founded: 1995
Last Updated 2017-02-17
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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:
To improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine activities and therapies resulting in a more independent life in society.
1. Therapeutic Riding: focuses on riders in a group setting to improve balance, posture, trunk control, sensory processing, communication skills and socialization.<br />2. Hippotherapy: allows licensed, credentialed therapists (Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists) to use the multi-dimensional movement of the horse to improve neurological function and sensory processing in the rider.<br />3. Equine Facilitated Learning: is conducted by certified equine professionals and/or PATH-Certified Instructors and educators. Activities with horses offer experiential communication, team building and self-expression to groups of people.<br />4. Equine Facilited Psychotherapy: teams a mental health professional with an experienced horse professional and/or Certified PATH Instructors to offer therapy and experiential sessions to clients.<br />5. Vocational Training: opportunities abound at a horse stable. Stall-cleaning and maintenance, horse feeding, and sweeping are taught in addition to learning to follow a supervisor's instructions, math (measuring feed), and appropriate behaviors in a work environment. These skills help them transition to other job sites and work opportunities.<br />6. Horses for Heroes Program focuses on issues such as PTSD for service men and women as well as law enforcement officers and Emergency Medical Technicians.Sessions are designed by PATH Certified Instructors, a a specialist in horses for Heroes and a mental health professional.<br />7. Volunteer Opportunities: These opportunities are varied and plentiful at GAIT to people 12 years old and older with and without disabilities. This inter-generational group is trained to work effectively and safely with horses and with people with special needs.