Badge/Patch Workshops at Clover Ridge Farm

Looking for a unique and memorable experience for your Girl/Boy/Cub Scout Troop?

The EquAbility program at Clover Ridge Farm is proud to offer workshops that give you hands-on experiences. We invite Scouts to take an educational guided tour, complete a mini service project, and fulfill the requirements for the following animal-themed badges.

Badges/Patches can be completed at a Weekend workshop or spread them out over 2 evening troop meetings.

  • Daisy and Brownie Scouts: Fun with Horses Patch
  • Junior Scouts: Horseback Riding Badge
  • Cadette Scouts: Animal Helper Badge
  • Senior Scouts: Voice for Animals Badge
  • Cub Scouts: Horseback Riding Belt Loop or Sports Pin
  • Boy Scouts: Horsemanship Merit Badgegirl and horse
  1. The dress code: Long pants, Boots (closed-toe shoes) and rain jacket.
  2. Bring a snack and drink.
  3. Helmets are provided.
  4. All parents must sign the Equability Liability contract before the event.
  5. TROOPS ONLY: Leaders remember to fill out the horseback riding approval form two weeks prior to event (not necessary for individuals). Have your GS/BS Permission slips signed by the parents and check Safety-Wise for the number of leaders/adult volunteers needed.
  6. To register please mail in your sign up form and a check.

You will need at least 8 scouts. (If you have a small troop you may want to find another troop(s) to join you.) Send in a check to hold your date. We do not give refunds/credits.

If there is bad weather, we will reschedule.


Call for per Scout Pricing: Register at least one month before your preferred program date.
Group size: 20 maximum; 8 minimum
Time: Saturdays and Sundays or evenings
Program Length: 3 hours
For more information: Contact Barbara Diamond (518) 369-3527

 

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Intern and Volunteer Opportunities at EquAbility

Do you have a passion for horses?  A desire to make a difference in the Saratoga area community?

EquAbility, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995, located in Middle Grove, NY.

EquAbility, Inc. provides a therapeutic riding program that uses specially trained horses to work with children and young adults with a wide range of special needs including mental, physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.

We are currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator and Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructor.

Seeking Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructor for Therapeutic Riding Program

Do you have a passion for horses?  A desire to make a difference in the Saratoga area community?

We are seeking a Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructor for EquAbility, Inc. to assist our founder with riding lessons, monitoring horse discipline and keep the horses healthy and maintained.

Knowledge of medical situations required.

Incentive pay will be based on your ability to bring more clientele into EquAbility.

Ideal for recent Special Education or Therapeutic Horsemanship graduate or experienced horse person looking for hands-on experience with a therapeutic practice.

Boarding is available.

Wanted but not required – If you have a Special Education degree and are interested in on-the-job training in Therapeutic Horse Riding, this would be a great opportunity for you!

If you are interested, please contact us!

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Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship


Nearly everyone has seen movies or television shows that depicted some heroic person effortlessly springing onto the back of a horse and flying off to fight the bad guys. However, actually climbing onto the back of one of these gentle giants is much different than what popular media portrays. Just ask anyone who has a horse farm, those who regularly ride, or adults and children who take part in therapeutic horsemanship. Not many people have actually heard of the last activity, but this activity has significantly impacted the lives of those with special needs.

Therapeutic riding has been actively helping individuals with disabilities since the 1950’s, when it started in Europe. Now, found throughout the world, it is considered exceptionally beneficial for people of all abilities, ages, and circumstances.

Therapeutic horseback riding and developmental vaulting each help to augment emotional, cognitive and physical well-being through riding, horsemanship instruction and personal interaction with the horses.

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According to the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), there are various disciplines of therapeutic horsemanship, such as riding, driving, and vaulting. Participation in equine-assisted activities promotes mental, physical, emotional, and cognitive therapeutic development and well-being. The three-dimensional movement of a horse has proven extremely helpful in establishing balance. It is so like a human gait that, for those who struggle to walk or cannot walk, it imitates the rhythm needed for their own independent steps.

The act of horsemanship for disabled individuals can aid in bonding with fellow riders, reducing anxiety, building self-esteem, team building and the controlling of anger. Equestrian therapy necessitates the rider to address issues such as communication, trust, honesty, accountability, responsibility, patience, relationships, self-respect, respect for others, self-confidence, and social skills. Additionally, horseback riding helps those with disabilities increase their self-confidence, learning problem-solving skills, and ability to focus.

Moreover, riders learn to work through their fears, set goals for themselves, and achieve these goals.

Horseback riding activities assist people with disabilities in the stretching and strengthening of all muscle groups, improvement of posture and coordination, as well as the development of fine and gross motor skills. This change develops an increase in the rider’s awareness of their body in space and improvement in their range of motion. The physical benefits include the stretching of tight or spastic muscles, reduced spasticity, increased range of motion of the joints, a decrease of abnormal movement patterns, improved respiration and circulation, improved appetite and digestion, and sensory integration.

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The cumulative benefits that riders with special needs gain are crucial to their overall health and well-being. Since those benefits include physical, psychological, social, and educational training, the rider will have an opportunity for personal growth and will more easily integrate into social situations with others. The riders may also gain increased interest in the outside world as well as a sense of normal living. Additionally, the increased interest in his or her own life may help in the therapy of psychological disorders.

Medical, educational, and social service practitioners are increasingly accepting the benefits of therapeutic riding for their clients, and, as a result, the demand for such therapeutic centers increases. This respect and acceptance, coupled with the continued dedication of volunteers, staff and supporters, helps to ensure that riders will continue to have the opportunity to benefit from their relationship with the horse.

Sources:

The Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://cstrc.org/

Therapeutic horseback riding. (2015). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therapeutic_horseback_riding

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