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ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
3160 N. Custer Road
McKinney TX 75071

Tax ID/EIN: 26-1525268
Year Founded: 2007
Last Updated 2017-03-08

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:
At ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional and caring community.

Horse-related programs:
ManeGait provides weekly therapeutic horsemanship programs to 135 adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral disabilities. Certified instructors lead our programs with the assistance of 20 skilled therapy horses and 350 volunteers each week. <br /><br />Our clients range from 3 to 71 years of age; 85% are under the age of 21. Riders come from five North Texas counties including: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Grayson and Rockwall. Disabilities served include Autism Spectrum Disorder; Cerebral Palsy; Intellectual Disability; Developmental Delay; Down Syndrome; Attention Deficit Disorder; speech/hearing/visual impairments; among other disabilities. <br /><br />ManeGait Programs Include:<br /><br />• Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Riding a horse provides a multi-dimensional movement pattern similar to the human gait. This motion influences the rider's body leading to increased flexibility, core strength, motor skills, and intellectual functioning. What makes equine therapy unique is that it does not feel like traditional occupational, physical, or speech therapy to our clients. Horseback riding is an exciting and rewarding sport, and ManeGait provides a fun, enriching, and supportive environment for our riders to reach their potential.<br /><br />• Therapeutic Carriage Driving: Carriage driving is a form of equine-assisted therapy that provides many of the same physical, mental, and emotional benefits of therapeutic riding. Instead of riding horseback, participants drive the horse while riding in a horse-drawn carriage. The program provides individually tailored therapy services to special needs adults and children, specifically those who are unable to participate in therapeutic riding due to weight, allergies to the horse, or a disability that prohibits them from safely mounting or riding a horse. <br /><br /><br />• GaitWay to the Brain Program: GaitWay to the Brain (GaitWay) is the first program of its kind to extend the benefits of therapeutic riding by integrating brain-building exercises into the framework for equine therapy. These exercises stimulate underutilized parts of the brain giving participants the improved ability to focus, center themselves, and get the most benefit out of therapeutic riding. The program also includes an at-home protocol, which reinforces these outcomes by incorporating the exercises into the rider’s daily routine. In 2015 ManeGait developed a training curriculum and mentorship program to support the replication of the GaitWay program at other riding centers. <br /><br />• ManeGait Veteran Program: In 2015 ManeGait launched a veteran-focused subprogram to provide injured and disabled veterans the mind-body benefits of Therapeutic Riding/Driving and GaitWay to the Brain. The program is designed to help veterans move beyond their disabilities and cope with the pain of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from military combat.

Non-horse-related programs:
Not applicable.

Volunteer Opportunities

Minimum Age: 14
The primary responsibility of a sidewalker is to maintain constant safety awareness, while providing physical and motivational support to the rider.

Qualifications for Sidewalker – Minimum age is 14. Be able to walk briskly in sand for 15-20 minutes. Jog intermittently for short periods of time while horse is trotting. Attend volunteer training and be committed for your time slot assignment.

Horse Leader
Minimum Age: 14
The main responsibility of the leader is to control the horse during grooming and the lesson. It is the leader who must help in guiding, stopping and starting without making the rider feel that they are simply a passenger.

Qualifications for Horse Leader – Minimum age is 14. Must have attended Volunteer Training. Must have experience with horses and be approved by the program director. Attend hands-on training and be responsible for continued training as needed. Should be able to walk at a fast pace and jog intermittently during the lesson.

Barn Buddy
Minimum Age: 14
e main responsibility of the barn buddy is to support the barn staff during feeding times. It is the barn buddy who assists with feeding our equine therapists, cleans their stalls and assists barn staff with caring for the ManeGait horses.

Qualifications for Barn Buddy- Minimum age is 14. Must have attended Volunteer Training. Must have attended a hands on barn buddy training and be approved by the Stable Manager.

Wish List Items

ManeGait Current Wish List
Clear bins, all sizes
Copy paper
Office Max gift card
Staples gift card
Office Depo gift card

Horse Tack, Equipment and Stable Supplies

D & L Feed Store gift card
Dover Saddlery gift card (1-800-989-1500)
State Line Tack gift card (1-800-228-9208)
Seargents gift card (1-800-383-3669)
Valley Vet Supply gift card (1-800-356-1005)
Riding Helmets (Must be ASTM-SEI approved for equestrian sports.)
Stirrup leathers (leather, all lengths)
Extra peacock rubber bands, extra leather tabs
Cotton Web Reins (pony and horse lengths)(Dover Saddlery: 1-800-989-1500)
Rainbow Reins: Cotton, all lengths
Ladder Reins
Dressage girths 26-34
All purpose girth overlay
Leather English bridle full size
Leather English bridle pony size
6 foot cotton lead rope with bull snap (white)
Push Brooms
Corn Brooms
Muck Buckets (Blue or Green) ($18.00 @Gebos, Tractors Supply, Feed Stores)
Apple Pickers Dura Forks ($20.00 @Gebos, Tractor Supply, Feed Stores)
Equine dietary supplements: Aloe Vera, Corta flex, MSM, Biotin, etc.
First Aid supplies
Portable saddle rack
Hay bags

Teaching Aids

TraFik Signs and Sportime Dome-N- Post Set (available at Abilitations)
Giant Beanbag Board (available at Abilitations)
Frogpockets (1# replacement beanbag frogs and 6 Lily Pads) (available at Abilitations)
Plastic Mounting Blocks
Horsemens pride jump blocks – 4

Machinery and Tools

Power Tools (drill, saws)
Hand Tools (adjustable wrenches, pipe wrenches, screwdrivers set, hammers, level, lacksaw, wood saw, etc)
12 foot ladders
Leaf rake
Push mower
Wal-Mart gift card
Home Depot gift card
Tractor Supply gift card