The Issue: Equipment Upgrades at Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center provides hippotherapy and adaptive-riding sessions for approximately 250 people with disabilities every week. Each horse has its own stall and each stall has a saddle rack. However, the majority of the center's racks are currently broken and will snap shut, causing the saddle to fall unexpectedly. In addition to startling the horses, broken saddle racks can be a safety hazard for riders.
The Campaign: Funding New Saddle Racks for Stables
If 30 people donate $10, then Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center can fund 10 new saddle racks for the stables. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center aims to replace its malfunctioning equipment in order to prevent possible hazards to riders and horses from a broken saddle rack. Each additional $30 raised will fund another saddle rack for the stable. Any funds raised past $600 will go toward scholarships for new riders.
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Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
In 1976, Margaret Dunlap, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, began working with riding instructor Debra Powell. Over time, Dunlap realized that horseback riding seemed to ameliorate the effects of the disease. She joined forces with Powell to form a therapeutic horseback-riding program in the community. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center has come a long way since then, expanding from 5 to 250 riders, who participate in hippotherapy and adaptive-riding sessions each week.
Working with horses helps riders with disabilities gain muscle strength, prevent bone weakness, and improve balance and hand-eye coordination. Riding also offers a fun outdoor activity and an opportunity to socialize with other participants. Set on 4.5 acres of rural land, the Little Bit facility houses 19 program horses in a 20-stall barn. Horse and rider meet once a week to navigate nearby trails, providing people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a chance to exercise and bond with the animals.