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Contact: Sandra Sandee
Our program enhances the quality of life for people with special needs by developing connecting relationships between people and horses, with measurable results. Among many proven benefits, riders unwittingly train their muscles and improve their neurological function and balance through riding. Horses also provide riders with the sensation of walking, since the movement of the horse closely resembles that of a human. Riders learn balance, coordination and self-assurance while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation. Imagine being in a wheelchair after a traumatic injury and not being able to walk. The horse gives the person the sense of movement, as if they are walking again. BEAMING offers therapeutic riding four days each week, and provided specific sessions for our U.S. Military Veterans through the Horses, Hearts, and Heros program. We will again be providing therapeutic riding sessions for special needs students in collaboration with the Neenah Joint School District as an adjunctive therapeutic recreational outlet to their adaptive physical education program. These school sessions will run for six weeks starting in April of 2012 and a second school session will run beginning in September of 2012. We are receiving financial support from the Neenah Joint School District, and have received interest from other school districts in the area. We continue to expand the Horses Hearts and Heros program. BEAMING is targeting veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as traumatic brain injuries. We have made an initial contact with the Veterans Administration clinic in Appleton Wisconsin, as well as planning to be in contact with the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin for identifying specific clients who would benefit from the BEAMING therapeutic riding program.