SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

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, Day 3:

We thank our vendor, SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program, for introducing so many in our community to the love of horses through their therapeutic riding classes and beginner horseback riding classes.
Best professional development day EVER. SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

Spirit provides therapy, learning and improvement of life skills fostering healing of the body, mind Spirit Equine Assisted Activities - Programs

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Therapeutic Riding
2. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
3. Equine Assisted Learning
4. SPIRIT Academy - education and training for service providers

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 11/01/2022

Boy, did we have fun with Halloween costumes this year! Thanks to everybody that dressed up. Of we didn't snap a pic, comment here to share with you SPIRIT family!

Thank you Maria for some great photos 🕷

10/28/2022

Spooky trail rides! Extra special thanks to Erica for bring some super fun glow sticks to light up the night! Our beginner and TR riders had a blast!

10/04/2022

Please join SPIRIT in welcoming Hanna Bleznak to the team! Hanna will be joining us to provide occupational therapy services incorporating hippotherapy.

Hanna is an occupational therapist with experience in outpatient pediatrics. Hanna grew up riding horses for fun and competition, and currently has one mare of her own! Over the years, Hanna has volunteered at therapeutic riding centers gaining valuable experience working with participants and horses.

A little more about hippotherapy:
Incorporating hippotherapy into occupational therapy sessions can add in targeting the strength, muscle coordination, sensory processing skills, and cognitive skills necessary for participating in activities of daily living and general attention tasks. The use of hippotherapy as a tool or strategy under the direction of a therapist has been reported to increase motivation and participation in treatment, as well as showing social emotional benefits when combined with other elements of a plan of care. 

Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more and register for sessions!

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09/03/2022

The before and after of a job well done!

09/02/2022

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Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 08/31/2022

We had so much fun with our relay races on Monday!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 07/26/2022

Lots of cleaning and organizing happening today! Thank you to all the EALs and volunteers that to help! help!

07/23/2022

Thank you for the lovely poster Eastern Ridge School!
We loved having everybody at our workshop this year and look forward to partnering up again!

07/18/2022

Happy Birthday to Vēsma Montvillo, instructor extraordinaire! Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā!

07/17/2022

Want to get involved with your local Equine Assisted Activities organization (that's us!) but not sure where to start? Have general questions about what we do? Want to come out with a group and help us with volunteer projects? Drop a horsey emoji and post your question in the comments below, we will answer it!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 07/14/2022

Please join us in wishing our Executive Director Michelle a very happy birthday! 🎂 🎈

06/27/2022
06/25/2022

Saturday lessons 🐎

06/21/2022

Tommy got to lessons pretty early today, so he and Abby came on the trail with the group! That was fun, Tom!

06/18/2022

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post

04/27/2022

Ibrahim, Vivienne, Nicole, and Eren demonstrating their beautiful sitting and posting trot!

Horse Expo – Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park 04/26/2022

Horse Expo – Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park

Horse Expo April 30
Come join us Saturday April 30th at the Frying Pan Farm Park Horse Expo!
https://friendsoffryingpan.org/equestrian/horse_expo/

SPIRIT will be having a demonstration with our therapeutic riding and equine assisted learning participants! You can find us at our booth all day from 11-5! We would love to see our participants and volunteers come join us and share their experiences at SPIRIT.

Horse Expo – Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park Come to the first-ever horse expo at Frying Pan Farm Park!This event is for experienced riders as well as people who are new to the world of horses.There will be food trucks, speakers, demonstrations, networking opportunities, and businesses that sell horse-related products and services. Free, but p...

03/31/2022

Tommy and Brad nailing the bean bag cone toss!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 03/31/2022

Incredible Monday riders and their horses! A few dynamic duos having fun on the final cold days of winter!

03/20/2022

Suhani and Melissa

03/15/2022

Monday class

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 03/10/2022

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the numbers on Cece’s neck? This is her US Trotting Association (USTA) freeze brand!

Up until 2019, freeze branding was a required part of registering a Standardbred with the USTA. Standardbreds like Cece are known for their skill in harness racing. Her brand, as well as the pacing gait that those who have ridden her may have experienced, are indicators of her life before coming to SPIRIT.

There is a movement now to overturn the 2019 rule change regarding freeze branding for Standardbreds, as having a visible marker such as the brand is instrumental to rescue groups that focus their efforts on rescuing this breed. As Cece shows us every day, a horse that has retired from racing has a lot of life and purpose left in her. If you are interested in joining this movement and making your voice heard regarding freeze branding of Standardbreds, consider reaching out to the USTA CEO Mike Tanner ([email protected]) before they vote on overturning the 2019 rule change tomorrow.

Thank you Laura for keeping us informed on this matter that is so impactful for the breed of one of our valued herd members, and for sending along some information on our own Hickory Cecelia!

03/05/2022

https://youtu.be/haSNzHkhYh4
Happy Saturday! Please check out this very important message from one of our very own Saturday riders, Melissa! Thank you Melissa for being a part of the SPIRIT family and for being an advocate with the ARC of Northern Virginia!

03/03/2022

Teach horsemanship skills where applicable
Teach riding skills per approved PATH standards and practices.
Communicate with rider’s parents to ensure customer satisfaction is at the highest level.
Effectively manage volunteers before, during, and after lessons according to PATH standards and The SPIRIT policies and procedures.
Assess appropriate goals for each student and ensure communication with parent/caregiver/guarding regarding progress
Other related duties assigned by Program Director

03/03/2022

Offering training to certified Mental Health professional in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy . Previous horsemanship experience desirable but not mandatory.
Working in private setting using proven and skilled herd to provide animal assisted therapy to clients with different needs. Serving mostly youth with anxiety, depression, and families in crisis. Work includes grief, trauma and other indicated conditions for this type of therapy

03/01/2022

2/28/2022

Good mood Mondays!

02/26/2022

Two point and the alphabet, talk about multitasking!

Go Anis!

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 02/26/2022

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post

02/15/2022

Monday night lessons! 2/14/2022

02/14/2022

Happy Valentine Day!

01/26/2022

Offering training to certified Mental Health professional in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy . Previous horsemanship experience desirable but not mandatory.
Working in private setting using proven and skilled herd to provide animal assisted therapy to clients with different needs. Serving mostly youth with anxiety, depression, and families in crisis. Work includes grief, trauma and other indicated conditions for this type of therapy

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 01/24/2022

Did you ever want to learn how and when to blanket a horse? What we do with frozen water buckets? How we keep operations running to serve our community in the middle of winter? Get in touch to be a volunteer! Contact [email protected] and our wonderful staff will get back to you with how YOU can make a difference.

Photos from SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program's post 01/17/2022

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff, EALs, and volunteers that keep things running on even the nastiest of winter days! Things always seem to go south when you need them most, water heaters, generators... but when it comes down to it our team always knows what to do! Special thanks this last week to:
-Executive Director Michelle thaws frozen high water-content feed in her running car.
-Instructor Cynda & our EAL grad (and engineer grad) Rachel fix our water heater, blood was shed!
-Mr. Mike - handyman extraordinaire comes to the rescue to fix up our equipment!
-Instructor Vesma uses a tea kettle with the electricity from the indoor arena to boil water which will bring the temp of icy troughs up just a few degrees.

EALs for clearing the barn area, stacking hay, and blanketing our herd!

We couldn't do it without you!

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Spooky trail rides! Extra special thanks to Erica for bring some super fun glow sticks to light up the night! Our beginn...
We love sunny Saturdays
Saturday lessons 🐎
Ibrahim, Vivienne, Nicole, and Eren demonstrating their beautiful sitting and posting trot!
Tommy and Brad nailing the bean bag cone toss!
Suhani and Melissa
Monday class
2/28/2022
Two point and the alphabet,  talk about multitasking!

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