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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

EquiVenture focuses on improving each of our riders'

potential through their equine experience. We help them

meet the physical, mental, behavioral and social

challenges of their special needs. "There is something

about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of

a man." - Winston Churchill. EquiVenture provides the

opportunity for special youth to take advantage of the

extraordinary physical and psychological benefits of

horseback riding. The rhythmic motion of the horse acts

as a powerful tool to improve documented benefits of

strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance.

Therapeutic riding programs have been witness to

autistic children uttering the name of their horse,

wheelchair-bound individuals walking for the first time

after a riding session, and thousands of children and

adults who have a renewed enthusiasm for life after

climbing aboard a horse.

Few things in life are more rewarding than the smile of

pride and joy on the face of a client after a few minutes

of riding in an atmosphere of love and support.

Located at: 6086 W. 250 S. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2573

Russiaville, IN 46979 Kokomo, IN 46904

Phone: Bonnie at 765-860-9227 or Jim at 765-455-3887

Facebook: EquiVenture Therapeutic Riding



It's Never Too Late

New Beginnings

EquiVenture 2014

Last year our classes were held on Thurs-

day evenings from 4:00-7:15, and we had 15

riders who faithfully attended each Thursday.

We especially want to thank our parents and

volunteers for all of the effort they put into at-

tending and making this such a great program.

The riders benefitted from the rhythmic walk

of our specially trained horses: Pecos, Wheat-

ie, Cheyenne, Sailor, Bubba, Wish, Cloud, &

Quart. The rider's abilities varied, with some

who could guide their horse and needed only

one side walker, to some who needed a volun-

teer as a back-rider for support and balance.

The riders worked on things such as; holding

the reins and steering the horse, sitting up tall

(good posture), leg position, verbal cues, and

concentration. For the riders, concentration,

discipline and self-respect grow as they learn

and accomplish horsemanship skills. The

horse is a friend or ally who does not judge or

make demands of them. Together they work

toward the riders' goals while they are having a

good time.

Riding Schedule for 2015

This year, our volunteer training will be on Thursday, April 30 at

4:00 at the barn. Classes will begin on Thursday, May 7th and con-

tinue on May 14, 21, (not the 28th), June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 16,

23, 30, and August 6, 13, 20, 27. The Horse Show will be on Sept.

13 at 3:00 with a bon fire to follow.

EquiVenture is located in Howard County and

is the only facility in the country that has been

able to operate for this long without ever

charging a fee to our riders. We do this by

utilizing an extensive all-volunteer staff. Our

volunteers assist the riders by leading the

horses or side walking, or they help in many

other ways including horse care, barn

maintenance, publicity, and fund-raising. These

are just a few of the ways our volunteers keep

the program going. A special than you to Boy

Scout Troop 519 for moving stacks of hay from

the back of the barn to the front, so that daily

feeding of the horses is much easier. They

faithfully come out every week to move the hay.

However, there are expenses involved in our

program. The horses need food and healthcare,

which cost money, especially when you are

caring for 8 horses. They need wormed and

their hooves trimmed bimonthly, plus vaccines

and a vet check annually. There are also

program expenses, such as equipment (saddles

and tack) and miscellaneous supplies. We also

pay for new instructors to get their training.

Sometimes we are able to get grants for some of

the bigger expenses when possible. We only do

one fund-raiser for the year, and that is selling

cookie dough.

If you would like to donate to our program, we

will gladly accept donations of any amount. The

donations go towards feed for the horses,

equipment upgrades, and general maintenance

of the facility. We hope that you will support

EquiVenture so we may continue to offer our

wonderful services that help so many. You can

be assured that your donations will be used

wisely. Donations can be mailed to the address

on page 1 of this newsletter or you can go online

to our web site at

Donations Kindly Accepted


"Equiventure has made a big impact in my life. Not

only has it taught me how to properly care for a

horse but it has taught me the love and compassion

a horse can have. It has taught me the basics of

horse riding and how a horse really influences the

lives of other people. Volunteering at Equiventure I

have gotten to witness some of the best experienc-

es such as; kids constant smiling face everywhere,

the miracles of them walking and talking for the first

time, and knowing the horses are enjoying just as

much as the children. How I became involved in

Equiventure was when I needed a horse for 4H.

Pecos was my very first horse that showed me my

love for contesting. When we were in the ring, he

knew his time was running out and when we were

out he knew his job was just beginning. His differ-

entiation between being a horse at Equiventure and

a contesting horse for me was outstanding. He'd be

the fastest horse in the ring and the slowest horse

for the children. Pecos was the sweetest and my

best friend, riding bareback in the fields, wrangling

up when the little guys would get up, taking naps

together in the sun, and staying out late under the

stars in the barn. Even though moving away from

Equiventure saddens me I know that retiring Pecos

to his true love was the right thing. The memories I

have made will forever be in my heart and never

forgotten and I am so great for my experience with

Equiventure." Miranda McGuire

Thank you to all of the dedicated parents and riders who make our program fun and

rewarding. Thanks also to all of the volunteers who give selflessly to support our pro-

gram and make it successful. A special thanks goes to Jim Crew for mowing every

week, the Boy Scouts who moved hay every week and when they couldn't John did.

Jim Crew got his son Mike involved, who got his boss involved and they worked on

the electrical wiring for us, AND so many volunteers that were there week after week!

We couldn't have done it without YOU!

We are also grateful for a large donation of tack from an anonymous donor.

Thank You !!!

Two of the young men from Boy Scout Troop 519 are

working with Bonnie to add 2 more phases on to our

Sensory Trail as an Eagle Scout Project. EV is hoping

to receive a grant through the Area 5 Agency to help

fund this project.

Waterford Residential Center has themed events periodically. When they had a Old West event,

EquiVenture provided the equine flavor--Bubba was a big hit and brought a lot of smiles to the resi-

dents' faces.

Ryan Beining was diagnosed with PIDG, a very aggressive and deadly cancer. When one of his 'Last

Wish'es was to ride a horse--we made that happen

EquiVenture helps teach our youth about horses and responsible horse care as well as the benefits of

therapeutic riding. Cassidy showed Bubba in the 4H show and they both did great

Our local airport has a benefit for SMA every year and when we did pony rides for them, Bubba

dressed the part! It was so windy that day, that Bubba was the only one able to take off!

Valerie Gordon donated a beautiful piece of art to EquiVenture because it made her think of how we help

children achieve a freedom that they don't normally have.

We are excited to announce that we have a new volunteer who is going through training to become a Certified riding instructor

for the Equiventure Program. Her name is Deborah Wise. Following is some information that she wrote up for us:

I have been a practicing clinician for 25 years, the last 18 in pediatrics specifically. I graduated from IU in 1990 with an associ-

ate of science degree in Occupational Therapy. My primary focus has been children 3 and under for the last 14 years, but have

had experience with school age children as well. I LOVE my career path, helping families and children with special

needs. Becoming involved with Equiventure will allow me to extend my compassion for these children, share ideas and my

knowledge base to help them progress and become all they can.

My husband, Tom, and I have two children. Austin is 21 and in college in Indianapolis; Alex is 17 and in high school. We have

two dogs and live rurally. I love to be outdoors, walking, riding bicycle or motorcycle, tending to yardwork and growing vegetables

and herbs. I could easily be classified as a "foodie", love to cook and try new recipes and foods often.

Our Annual Horse Show on September 14,

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


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