ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
3160 N. Custer Road
McKinney TX 75071
Tax ID/EIN: 26-1525268
Year Founded: 2007
Last Updated 2016-05-06
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
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.
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.
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.