Spirithorse Completes Spring Schedule

LIBERTY, July 28, 2017 - SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center has completed their 2017 Spring Schedule.

During 2017, we provided instruction on only two (2) days each week.  We served 31 riders with 17 volunteers.  Many different physical, behavioral, sensory, and self-esteem activities (such as focusing on the task, dropping the ring on a tube, putting the ball through a hoop, opening locks with a key, opening doors and gates, checking the mailbox, obstacle course maneuvering, brushing and bathing a horse, walking a horse over a bridge) are guided by the riders’ instructor, horse handler, and side walker while the rider is on the horse.

Our facility is funded by grants from large companies.  Spectra Energy, Sam Houston Electric, and Exxon have all donated to SpiritHorse Liberty.  Most of our donations come from the citizens of Liberty County and surrounding counties.  We have had water donated by Altus Health Care and our riders’ parents.  Several community members have left donations with Chachere Feed to help cover the cost of feed.  Hay has been donated, or sold to us at a reduced cost, through local ranchers.   I, Donna Wiebelhaus, would like to say a Sincere Thank You !  to ALL the volunteers and community supporters that help make this facility a successful and happy place for so many riders and visitors.

We do several fundraisers each year.  Our main fundraiser is Trinity Valley Exposition during October.  With the help of our riders’ parents, the Dayton High School ROTC, the Liberty High School Law Class, and the Liberty County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, we have worked both concession stands and the East parking lot for the past 5 years. 
This year, we are adding a Clay Shoot fundraiser on Saturday, August 26 at Clay Mound in Liberty.  If you, or your company, would like to be a sponsor or compete in the clay shoot, please contact Nicki
at   J. Rollins                                . 
SpiritHorse Liberty is also holding a SpiritHorse Rodeo Day at Trinity Valley Exposition on October 6.  There will be categories for both special needs and typical children.  Stay tuned to the local newspapers, KSHN radio, and the SpiritHorse Facebook page for more information on these events.

In honor of Nursing Home Week, SpiritHorse Liberty helped the staff of Liberty Health Care in Liberty treat their residents to a day of bunnies, horses, fishing, shoot the basket, and a delicious lunch.  Russell, Tanner, Snowball, Streak, and Midnight thoroughly enjoyed the hugs, soft words, and petting.

In 2010, SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center started with 2 boys, 2 horses, and 1 instructor.  Each year, visitors from Magnolia Place Nursing Home, Liberty Health Care, Liberty High School Life Skills class, Anahuac Life Skills class, and Liberty Elementary Life skills class come to SpiritHorse Liberty.

Parents bring their children from the nine (9) surrounding counties.  Some parents drive 55 miles one way for their child to participate in equine therapy with us.  We have served children from 9 months old to adults 63 years old.   Special needs riders ride for free.  For typical children and adults, we ask for a $20 donation for horse care.
If you are interested in private lessons, please contact Donna at 936-641-0165, through a text message.

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