Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program

Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program
40 Baker Bridge Rd
Lincoln MA 01773

Tax ID/EIN: 04-3139666
Year Founded: 1988
Last Updated 2017-03-09

Public Charity

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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.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Sport & Recreation

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:
Lovelane's mission is to provide high-quality therapeutic horseback riding in a fun, supportive environment in order to achieve occupational, physical, speech, cognitive, and other therapeutic gains, focusing on children with special needs.

Horse-related programs:
Lovelane is a therapeutic horseback riding program that provides services to over 100 children with special needs each week with the help of nearly 200 volunteers. Lovelane students range from two years to young adult and our families come from 30 towns throughout Massachusetts. Students in our program have a wide variety of special needs including cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, visual impairments, genetic disorders, cancer and Down syndrome.<br/>Additionally, Lovelane serves children through our adjunct programs with organizations like the Cotting School and Perkins School for the Blind, as well a our unmounted program, Barn Buddies, which meets twice weekly for two hours and offers our students the opportunity to work in the barn with the horses. The program focuses on communication skills, social pragmatic skills, taking responsibility, pre-vocational skills, team work and the chance to bond with fellow program participants as well as the horses in the barn.

Non-horse-related programs:
All of our programs support our pediatric, special needs population and are horse related, whether it is riding the horses, taking care of the horses or learning how to care for the horses.

Volunteer Opportunities

Barn Help
Minimum Age: 16
When assisting in the barn the volunteer is required to physically work around the
horses safely, and constructively. Volunteers in the barn assist with barn chores such
as mucking, sweeping, and filling water buckets.

Horse Leader
Minimum Age: 16
A horse leader is responsible for leading the horse safely during lessons. The leader’s
main focus is paying attention to the horse, and listening closely to the instructor’s
directions. The horse leader’s primary goal is safety and controlling the horse.

Side Walker
Minimum Age: 16
A side walker is required to assist with the lesson by standing, walking and running next
to the horse, and supporting the child as per the instructor’s directions. A side walker’s
primary role is to support the student as needed.

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