The mission of Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program is to provide Healing with Horses. Since 2013 the Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program has offered youth and adults with special needs therapeutic riding lessons free of charge to participating families. Savannah Station serves a large population center as the only therapeutic riding program on the west side of the Oklahoma City metro.
The program is a member center of PATH International, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and leading governing association of equine assisted therapy. Savannah Station is currently on track to gain Premiere Accreditation status with PATH International within the next year.
The Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program is a community of humans and horses where riders with special needs and their families overcome life's limitations, achieve optimal physical and mental well-being, cultivate cognitive, social, and emotional confidence, and reach their highest individual level of independence while defying their disabilities. Savannah Station is where little miracles are witnessed with every lesson.
At Savannah Station safety is paramount. From the moment our riders arrive until they wave goodbye our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where our passion for equine assisted therapy takes place in a professional, fun and engaging way. It is a place where both human and horse are respected and celebrated for their unique abilities to improve the quality of life in the other.
Savannah Station riders are youth and adults. The youngest age accepted is four years old. The special challenges accepted are:
- Brain Injuries
- Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Emotional Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Retardation
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spina Bifida
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Visual Impairment
- Other highly involved disabilities
Savannah Station relies on a gifted group of volunteers to make the magic happen and to keep the program operational and free of charge to our riders. Our trained volunteers provide the support and guidance necessary for both horse and rider.
Our volunteers dedicate their time and energy to the fulfillment of our mission to provide Hope and Healing with Horses. Savannah Station volunteers are caring and compassionate and have a passion for helping each individual rider achieve their highest goals while providing the best support during their equine therapy sessions.
In the arena where horse and rider become one, every lesson is taught by a certified instructor. Most every rider starts out with a three-person volunteer support team. This team is made up of a horse leader who is responsible for guiding and caring for the horse and two side-walkers, one on either side of the rider, with the responsibility of steadying, protecting and encouraging the rider.
Outside of the arena, there are many other valuable ways volunteers help Savannah Station help our riders. Volunteers help with event planning, fundraising and horse care just to name a few. If you have a passion for this program we need you!
Savannah Station holds volunteer orientation prior to each new riding semester; Spring, Summer and Fall. Please follow our Facebook page for training schedules. Every volunteer will be fully trained and equipped to perform their assigned work. No experience with horses or with special needs is required.
To register for a volunteer position, please complete the volunteer application found on this page.
Equine therapy all starts with the horse. These amazing creatures that take our breath away with their beauty and bring peace to our souls with their presence are perfectly designed as a service animal.
The healing relationship between the horse and the human is a magnificent site to behold. The horse's ability to carry us, their warmth and body movement, ability to respond immediately to our movements, and their keen perception to mirror our emotions makes them the perfectly designed therapy partner.
Equine assisted therapy uses the movement of the horse to create muscle and sensory stimulation that brings about physical, emotional and cognitive rehabilitation. It has to do with the rhythmic, repetitive gait of the horse. The movement of the horse gives the experience of normal pelvic movement in the rider. Riding the horse brings a sense of freedom many of our riders are not able to experience any other way.
Savannah Station is committed to helping both the rider and the horse by rescuing horses for this higher calling whenever possible. Horses with the patience and temperament to be a therapy horse are highly valued. Each horse in the Savannah Station program has earned their spot as a reliable and safe member of the healing team.
Donors come in all types: individuals, families, businesses, foundations, and other sources.
Savannah Station has made it easy to contribute through the following methods: Text Giving, Bank Draft, Credit Card, Facebook, Website, Check and Cash.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, enabling us to give donation credit as prescribed by the Internal Revenue Service.
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