Horsemanship

“Horses change lives. They give people confidence, hope, self-esteem and provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls.”

The Eagle Mount Equestrian Center promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities for individuals and families with special needs. We employ a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and provide a professional caliber of training to all other staff members and volunteers.

Equestrian Program Eagle Mount

What are the benefits of Equine Assisted Activities?

A physical, cognitive, or emotional special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. In fact, such interactions have proven to have major physical and emotional impacts.

Individuals of all ages who participate in Equine Assisted Activities can experience physical and emotional rewards:

  • Riding a horse moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
  • For individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem.
  • Partnering with equines also provides recreational opportunities for individuals to enjoy the outdoors as well as take pleasure in the interaction with animals.

Equine-Assisted Activities such as Recreational Riding and Equine Assisted Learning are available for:

  • Individual or group sessions.
  • Mounted or unmounted sessions.
  • Special groups.
  • Our traveling horses: Group, nursing, and retirement homes; Schools and other interested groups.

*We do not provide hippotherapy at this time.

Build a better team and community!

Discover how horses can teach us how we work as a team, be honest with ourselves, communicate with others and more through our EMPACT program.


EMPACT Brochure

Think your horse would be a great fit for our program?

Our current need for horses are:

  • Completely sound – no lameness issues or any other known ailment.
  • Ability to walk, trot and canter under saddle.
  • Calm, adaptable temperament.
  • Preferred Age Range:  7 to 15 (willing to adjust to the right horse)
  • Between 14 and 15 Hands
  • Ability to carry up to 250 lbs.
  • Patience – must be able to stand and wait for participant to groom, mount or dismount.

Download our paperwork and complete a horse profile if you would like your horse considered.  New Horse Prospect

 

In order for us to bring in new horses, our retired horses need to retire to a good home.  If you are interested in being a home for our retired horses to please give us a call for more information. Rehoming Policy

Goats!

 

Dwarf Goats

  • Participants can help groom the goats and learn what to feed them for snacks and meals.
  • Goats are great lawn mowers, very friendly and silly.
  • They are smaller than horses and less expensive to take care of. This is great for any participants that are afraid of horses.
  • The small size of goats will allow us to take them to nursing and group homes. Plus, they are small enough to be picked up and cuddled. Even once they are full grown, they will be about 2 feet tall and weigh about 35-45 lbs.
  • Goats are quick learners and you can teach them to walk with a harness at a young age.
  • The more they are socialized at a young age, the friendlier they will be!

Chickens!

 

Chickens

  • Learn about different breeds of chickens and how each breed makes different colored, shaped, and sized eggs.
  • Chickens are very small and if handled from the beginning are incredibly friendly. Eagle Mount’s chickens will be raised by our participants, volunteers and staff starting from chicks.
  • Chickens make great buddies for your property – they eat bugs, fend off snakes and their waste and eggshells are great compost for gardens.
  • Food sources.
  • The chicken coop will be built to have raised nesting boxes exposed. This will allow participants in wheelchairs to experience the excitement of safely picking up fresh eggs they can take home!
  • Their waste and eggshells will go to Eagle Mount’s gardening program to keep our garden flourishing.

Sunny

Registered Name: WWW Sunrise Drifter
Bashkir Curly
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2009
D.O.B.: 2000
Gender: Gelding
Height: 14.3 hh

Sunny came to us via Free Lease. His owner lives in Costa Rica and is very proud of all the work Sunny does for our participants. Sunny is very playful and definitely a favorite!

Maya

Registered Name: Ali Froya
Norwegian Fjord
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2014
D.O.B.: 1999
Gender: Mare
Height: 13hh

Maya came to Eagle Mount Great Falls via Donation from another therapeutic riding program. That program closed down and Maya was donated to Eagle Mount. Maya is a rock star for our more challenged riders who are unable to ride independently.

Otto

Coming Soon!

Otto has passed his trial and is able to start in some classes with our kids. He will be working his way up to full classes and all ages soon!

Otto came to us via Free Lease. His owner has volunteered in our equestrian program the last couple of years and was recently hired as a summer program assistant while she is home from college. She loves seeing how happy he is working with our participants. Otto was made for this job!

Darla

Coming Soon!

Darla is getting ready to start classes soon. She is still working on some arena work and finding her a saddle that will fit her properly before she can move forward to full classes.

Darla came to us via Purchase. Darla loves people, especially kids. She is going to be a favorite!

Lark

Registered Name: Meadowlark's Morning Mist
Miniature Horse
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2016
D.O.B.: 2013
Gender: Mare
Height: Mini

Lark came to us via Purchase. Her previous owner follows all the fun she provides to our participants through Social Media. Lark likes kids and is amazing with our participants in wheelchairs.

Class

Miniature Horse
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2022
Gender: Mare
Height: Mini

Class came to us via Free Lease. Her owner breeds Minis and also is our other horses' massage therapist! She loves to see her minis making people smile through our social media posts. Class is super friendly and loves to be loved on.

Carmel

Miniature Horse
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2022
Gender: Mare
Height: Mini

Carmel came to us via Free Lease. Her owner breeds Minis and also is our other horses' massage therapist! She loves to see her minis making people smile through our social media posts. Carmel is super friendly and loves to be loved on.

Pickles

Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2021
D.O.B.: February, 2021
Gender: Male

Oliver

Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2021
D.O.B.: February, 2021
Gender: Male

Bow

Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2021
D.O.B.: April, 2021
Gender: Male

Arrow

Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Started Working at Eagle Mount: 2021
D.O.B.: April, 2021
Gender: Male

Participant and Volunteer Requirements and Registration Forms

Participate

  • Ages 6 and up.
  • Some disabilities may prevent certain activities – such as uncontrolled seizures, severe behavioral challenges and/or movement and weight restrictions. Individual assessments will be done.
  • Closed toed shoes required.
  • Each activity may have individualized requirements that will be noted upon registration.

 

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2022 Summer Fun Days

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Chillin’ at the Barn

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Schedules are subject to change at anytime.  Registration is required for all programming.

Volunteer

  • Ages 16 and up.  Some exceptions for younger volunteers for certain activities.
  • Volunteer duties will include, but not limited to, assisting with crafts, animal handling, chores, ground work assistance, side-walking and horse leading. Advance volunteer positions available to qualified volunteers who complete extra training and accumulate enough volunteer hours.
  • Some volunteer positions with our horses will require ability to stand and/or walk alongside a horse for 30- 60 minutes.
  • Closed toed shoes and wear modest and weather appropriate clothing.
  • Complete Eagle Mount Volunteer Training.
  • Training is on-going.  We can do one-on-one if we don’t have enough for a group training.
  • Groups and individuals are also invited out to help with chores and other property maintenance. 

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