Welcome to Edelweiss Equine-assisted Therapy Center. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people with special needs. Through the rider and horse relationship we offer opportunities for people to nurture independence, confidence and trust in a safe and stimulating environment.
An Unusual Pair
An Unusual Pair by Meghan Schneider, age 14. Dedicated to Leo.
Hooves beating on the ground he summons me. The instant our eyes meet we become one. I gracefully climb onto him and pat his side. He breathes slowly; as if to say he is relaxed and we are off.
The warm sun on our backs fill us with pleasure and I feel at peace — one with the world, Like I could go anywhere I want and be anything I want to be. The bond between us is obvious for he is my best friend and I am his.
We go on great adventures — he and I — to faraway lands, in castles and up mountains. At the end of the day we ride into the sunset. Horse and rider, Companions forever.
(Meghan has been riding at Edelweiss for 7 years)
Information on becoming a Volunteer
Joy comes in many forms. It’s in the beauty of a horse’s stride, the intelligent compassion of a horse’s eyes. It’s the thrill of a new adventure, helping someone break through a barrier he assumed was insurmountable. Joy is the satisfaction of knowing that however small your contribution, whether by giving with your hands, your feet, your words or your material resources, you are spending minutes of your life being a hero.
Even though first semester is well under way, we still have a few openings for riders and can ALWAYS use volunteers. Click here for upcoming volunteer and horse handling training times.
Therapeutic Riding & Horses for Heros
Our classes are great for people ages four and up. Physical limitations are pushed aside when you climb (or are lifted) onto your horse and smell freedom. Unused muscles get a work out. Coordination increases. In some cases, riding helps with incontinence. Therapeutic riding can assist stroke recovery. It teaches trust to teens and vets struggling with Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome. Success on horseback can evolve into the confidence needed to meet academic challenges. Any kid with an Individual Education Plan qualifies. Special needs in kids or adults are not always obvious.