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To assist individuals with special needs in reach their full potential through interaction with horses.
WE CHANGE LIVES
SpiritHorse of MS is part of SpiritHorse International. Together with its 80 licensed centers it is the only center in America that provides all private therapeutic horseback riding services free to people with disabilities, children who are victims of abuse, children who are terminally ill, at-risk-youth, and wounded US Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in our "SpiritHorses for Heroes" program that is coming soon.
Our goal at our new center in Jackson, MS is to serve over 200 children Free of Charge each week. At the SpiritHorse facility in Corinth, Texas SpiritHorse currently serves over 400 children and adults Free of charge each week, and there are 110 children on the waiting list. We serve another 5,000 at our 80 centers worldwide, more than any organization in the world. Three hundred of these children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
In ten years of operation, as the result of our research and development and the faithful application of our methods by our certified instructors, we have heard 104 children speak the first word of their lives, helped 59 children walk their first steps to reach their ponies, and have seen 57 children sit up for the first time. A study by a leading medical school recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that we moved 24 severely autistic children to mild autism and one to non-autistic in just six months of intervention with our research-based, award-winning methods.
The statistical analysis of the blinded measurements rated the improvement as "Significant". The study was also published by the National Institutes of Health in their review PubMed in January 2012. The study has been published in 10 other publications that provide the latest news of intervention with autism. We believe this to be the first study of intervention in autism with blinded measurements and statistical analysis. Other studies have been found to be based upon anecdotal information.
A study by Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, soon to be published in a European peer-reviewed medical journal showed identical statistical results and of 47 children who measured on the autism spectrum, 9 children measured in blinded Childhood Autism Rating Scale measurements as “Non-Autistic”.
Please support our cause!
Our most immediate need is raising money to sustain our free programs. You can make a difference by making a donation through any of our giving programs. All grandparents, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends, give for the children you love.
After 11 years of operation:
~104 children have spoken their first word on a SpiritHorse pony
~63 children have walked for the first time to reach their pony
~57 children have sat up for the first time on a SpiritHorse pony
~11 children with autism have been measured non autistic in blinded measurements
Our New SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center is opening in Jackson, MS.
Click on the donations link to find out our immediate need in opening our new SpiritHorse Center in Jackson, MS.