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 PATH, Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and provide a professional caliber of training to all other staff members and volunteers.

Equestrian Program Eagle Mount

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 are proud to be a 2021 EQUUS Foundation Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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:  9 to 15.
  • Between 14 and 15 Hands, Narrow Build
  • 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

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.

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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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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