Therapeutic Horsemanship

student

Dear Friends,

 

After medically retiring from the Army’s 25th C.A.B (Schofield Barracks, Hawaii), I made the decision to return to college and enrolled in SUNY Cobleskill’s Diesel Technology program. Shortly into my first semester, I was introduced to Professor Mansfield and the Therapeutic Horsemanship program - I knew that I found my calling! Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, both mounted and through groundwork, puts the horse at the center. The horses gently encourage all who work with them to be in the moment, to regulate our emotions, to allow us time to process, organize, and be calm. The power of the horse helps improve individual's emotional, mental, and physical health and well being. As a student, I assist in therapeutic riding sessions designed to help children, adults, Veterans and other clients. These experiences have had a powerful impact on my post-military transition. I see the overwhelming benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship and I have chosen to focus my path on helping more people to access these innovative equine activities.

It is a profoundly moving experience to share in the power of positive, meaningful recovery.

 

At SUNY Cobleskill, we are all working together to keep up with the demand of managing physical and mental health in rural areas. Especially now, with disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, more families and individuals are seeking positive ways to sustain their wellness.

Please join me in helping SUNY Cobleskill’s innovative Therapeutic Horsemanship program keep up with demand. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support this impactful program.

 You can help to support:

 

  • Equine Spa Day (or TLC)— The therapeutic herd often carries unbalanced, busy riders that may not always ride exactly in rhythm with their horse. Supportive services like saddle fitting, massage, chiropractic, specialized Veterinary care and joint supplements can help them be their best and avoid aches and pains.  $5,000
  • Our specialty programming such as Veteran programs and retreats, the Traveling Pony program (schools, nursing homes and childcare centers), sibling and caregiver support, and new developing programs.  $10,000
  • Our Equine Excursion— Help us buy Fuji and his friends a customized team travel vehicle. Their new ride will get them to their destination safely, is easy park, and is fast to assemble for traveling educational programs.  $25,000
  • Provide participation scholarships, affording access for those who benefit from equine assisted activities and therapies. Although each session is just $20, with the cost being $200 per semester, many of the participants need support to afford the sessions. Every dollar counts for our participants.  $10,000

 

SUNY Cobleskill's Therapeutic Horsemanship program is the essence of peace, kindness, and well being - let's work together to help it thrive! Donate today and help us reach our $50,000 goal. 

Sincerely,

Adam Halloran '23
SUNY Cobleskill Therapeutic Horsemanship major