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Inside The Numbers: ASPIRE Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

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ASPIRE serves individuals in the Black Hawk, Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy and Tama counties. We grow more as each year begins with new programs and increased numbers in participants. In 2009 ASPIRE began offering programs to non-profits in the local community. Organizations like the YWCA, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts, and Boys & Girls club visit our farm to see what the program is all about, and experience the power of horses.

Our Mission:
ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program provides benefits to individuals with disabilities through animal assisted activities and outreach programs.

ASPIRE Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program is a 501 C3 non-profit organization that specializes in offering individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities a unique therapy through various horseback riding techniques.

Where Did Therapeutic Riding Come From?
Humans have practiced therapuetic horseback riding since the 17th century. The first therapuetic riding centers came to the United States in 1960. There are now 800 centers in the United States - of which five are located in Iowa - and all centers affiliate with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, PATH Int. Many professionals, including the American Physical Therapy and American Occupational Therapy associations recognize the qualities of therapuetic riding.

What do we Offer?

  • ASPIRE Therapuetic Riding Program offers classes in Spring, Summer, and Fall on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
  • CAMP HOPE is a day camp program during the first week of August that offers a variety of fun-packed activities for participants.
  • ASPIRE offers a mini-visitation program at Central Intermediate School. Cody visits a special education classroom, and educational lessons are offered to the individuals in the program.

How Could You Benefit?
Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the riders body in a manner similar to a human gait. Riders with physical disablities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and strength. Children and adults with a disablitiy gain developmental improvement from this program. Therapeutic Riding works with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

  • Amputation
  • Autism
  • Brain Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Emotional Problems
  • Learning Diabilities
  • Hearing, Visual, and Speech Impairments
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Be a Volunteer, Help Make a Difference
ASPIRE is looking for volunteers who want to donate their time on a continual basis or for a one-time event. Leaders and side walkers are needed for evening classes. Volunteers can also help with grant writing, fundraising, data entry, and serve as assistant instructors and barn assistants.

Come Share in the Heart of an ASPIRE Child today!
Contact Marilyn Moore at (319) 296-0964 or use our convienient online form on our ContactUs page.

 


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