Bonding with a horse can be life-changing, particularly for people with special needs. Great and Small offers equine-assisted activities and therapies from individualized riding lessons to summer day camps to help children and adults with disabilities improve their health and reach their potential. Through therapeutic riding, individuals with special needs (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy) learn horsemanship, while also working toward personal goals in areas like balance, strength, and social skills. During hippotherapy sessions, licensed therapists facilitate interactions with the horses that help clients improve speech, language, and cognition. And in the serene farm environment, mental health clients work with a counselor and equine friends to learn how to cope with trauma and conflict. Riders are encouraged to pitch in, building independence as they help care for these magnificent creatures that empower and befriend people of all abilities.

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Budget (FY2023)

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