Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center

235 Run Hill Rd, Brewster, Ma 02631, Usa
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Our mission To enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs on Cape Cod by providing individualized Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center

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Side Walker

Side walkers are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the student during the lesson. A side walker’s primary role is to support the student as needed. A side walker is required to assist with the lesson by relaying instructions, standing, walking and running next to the horse, as well as supporting the student per the instructor’s directions. No experience required
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Horse Leader

A horse leader is responsible for leading the horse safely during lessons. The horse leader’s primary goal is safety and controlling the horse. The leader’s main focus is paying attention to the horse, and listening closely to the instructor’s directions. The Horse Leader is also responsible for the preparation and care prior to and following the lesson for the program equine, including groom and tack and untack. Some horse experience needed.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Barn Help

help keep the barn clean, safe and operating smoothly during program hours. Tasks include cleaning stalls and paddocks, sweeping, changing water, and cleaning tack.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
How you help Volunteers are essential at Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center. Our volunteers generously give their time and their heart to support our students and horses. Our volunteers groom, tack, lead horses and assist with property maintenance & barn chores around the farm. They encourage our riders and they ensure that our students have fun and safe experiences at EHTRC. Volunteering at EHTRC gives you an opportunity to be outdoors, to provide joy and challenges to people with disabilities, to meet other volunteers and to work as a team. Our riders in turn provide smiles, camaraderie, enthusiasm, and pride in the progress of their skill.
About us In spring of 2001, Emerald Hollow Farm began as a small boarding and rescue farm, taking in older and unwanted horses who needed a forever home. After a few years we added a horseback riding lesson program for children and adults. In the spring of 2010 we were contacted by Latham Centers and began a weekly therapeutic riding program. It was then that the magic happened as we watched the horses we loved so much bring such joy and self-esteem to individuals with special needs. In addition to learning to ride, the students also learned how to safely handle and care for their mounts and we watched the bond between student and horse grow even deeper. Shortly after Latham Centers began riding with us, we were contacted by Cape Abilities to run a similar program for them. In addition, we began to be contacted by families and individuals who were also interested and in need of a therapeutic riding and horsemanship program. Due to the wonderful results and the tremendous response from the riders and their families, by 2014 the therapeutic program had grown to the extent where additional staffing, volunteers, and equipment was needed and we began to pursue the dream of finding like-minded and like-spirited individuals to help us form a separate, nonprofit corporation that would allow us to assist countless other riders with special needs. Six wonderful men and women stepped up to the challenge and volunteered their time and talents to serve as Board of Directors and in May of 2015, "Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc." was established.
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