Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children

by Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria
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Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children
Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children
Horse therapy gives hope to disabled children
Timi is getting better
Timi is getting better

The past few months were very challenging for our organization. Unfortunately, one of the instructors left the organization. Since the end of May we had to rely only on 1 therapeutic riding instructor to complete the lessons of all children in the Spring Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities.

Luckily, the instructor was assisted by volunteers. The volunteers are part of the team of the organization by means of the European Solidarity Corps project ‘’Young Volunteers and Horses Make a Change for Children with Disabilities’’. They come from different European Countries to help with the therapeutic riding sessions and the care for the horses. Their efforts and dedication has become a necessity. The instructor relies on them now to be able to carry out the sessions.

Thanks to the support of our donors and the efforts of the team we were able to fund and complete the Spring Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities!

Even though, we now have only one instructor all of the children will continue their therapy sessions in the Summer Program. All we need is a little support in funding the rest of the Program. 

Support us in undertaking the Summer Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities. Spread our cause further and let’s do it together!

Exercising on the horse
Exercising on the horse

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John and his favorite horse - the gentle Moby
John and his favorite horse - the gentle Moby

Dear Friend,

This year our organization will become the voice not only of children with disabilities but their parents, too.

All of the children that participated in the summer Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities applied again and were accepted to continue their weekly therapies. By Friday only, every donation to our project up to $50 is matched by 50%!

The parents of most of the children cannot afford equine-assisted therapy. Parents are on the edge trying to look after their children and working full time. We are compassionate for their emotional and financial struggle. The free therapy is our way of giving them a hand in the difficult situation they find themselves in.

The single mother of John, 7-year-old who suffers from epilepsy shared in our feedback form:

"John is in great euphoria every time before we leave. He knew when his horse day was, and he looked forward to it. After the session he was super calm, he told me about the horses and at the 10th minute on the way back he fell asleep."

Thanks to your support we will be able to start yet ANOTHER Spring Program for Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities. Our organization still needs to find funding to cover the cost to complete it and ensure its continuation.

We’ve made it so far together. There is no doubt we will find the necessary support.

Don’t forget that by Friday only, every donation up to $50 is matched by 50%!

Forever grateful, 

John playing a fun game during horse therapy
John playing a fun game during horse therapy

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Timi, one of our very special boys
Timi, one of our very special boys

Let's get to know the children in our program ''Free Therapeutic Riding for Children with Disabilities''. The program which you made possible! 

Timi is 9 year old. The horses help him and his family fight the diagnosis ''autism''. Meet Timi in this video.

In appreciation Timi's mother shared the benefits of the program.

|‘’Timi is speaking more, he is calmer and more balanced on the horse.’’

Follow the stories of Joan and Antony this week on our website and social media channels – facebook, instagram, and youtube.

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Learn also how you can support us on December 1st, #GivingTuesday.

The COVID-19 situation made it even more difficult for disabled children. The main obstacles are limited and expensive rehabilitation and social isolation. To help them our organization is determined to continue the program for free therapeutic riding for children with disabilities in 2021.

This December 1, for 24 hours (local time matching begins and ends), GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to nonprofits around the world*. Your gift will help us unlock a greater share of those funds!

Together, we can make horse therapy happen for Timi and other disabled children in 2021. Mark your calendars today!

Warmly,

The team of Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria

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Our growing family
Our growing family

With your help we began the 3rd Program for Free Therapeutic Riding on June 1st! We had three intense months of therapy sessions with our amazing group of children with disabilities.

This summer the children and their parents were coming at least once a week to our ranch. They got to pick a favourite horse, learn how to brush it and gave the horses lots of treats. Some like Johan even learned to saddle his favourite horse, Moby. The two are inseparable. Johan loves to pet Moby from the ground and when he is on his back. There is nothing the two love more than picking apples from our 70 years old apple trees and having a treat. Johan is diagnosed with epilepsy but that will not stop him from doing what he enjoys and helps him live a better life – therapeutic riding. The story of Johan and Moby is only one of the many more to come.

We are also proud that our program is growing. Volunteers from around Europe applied to participate in it. For the past months we had young people from France and Portugal assist us in the therapeutic riding sessions and get to know the children. It is an amazing experience not only for the young volunteers but also for the children. It was a first interaction for the children with people from other nationality and culture. With more supporters our family is getting stronger.

With a little effort we will be able to continue providing therapeutic riding for children with disabilities for fee.

Join us and stay healthy and safe!

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A game of basketball in a riding session
A game of basketball in a riding session

The long cold winter is finally over and our team is ready to welcome the children with special needs in our 3rd Program for Free Therapeutic Riding.

Thank you all for being with us! Your support makes a difference for the lives of the disabled children and their families!

We received many applications from families with children with disabilities. Unfortunately, we had to reject some of them due to the limited size of the individual therapeutic sessions we can manage within the Program. Hopefully, with the development of the Program and the establishment of the therapeutic riding centre we will be able to have more instructors certified. That will allow us to reach even more children in need.

The 3rd Program for Free Therapeutic Riding was scheduled to begin on 1st of April. However, due to the pandemic of COVID-19 and the restrictions in Bulgaria we had to postpone it. Protecting the health and well-being of the children is our priority. They will begin attending their therapeutic sessions only after the situation allows it and it is safe to travel and be in contact with others.

The delay of the Program and the isolation due to the pandemic has devastating effect on the health of children with disabilities. Parents shared that many of the children become nervous, have panic attacks and show aggression. They will be in need of intensive recovery care in order to return to their normal routine. We have modified the Program and we are ready to help them get better. Join us in supporting their rehabilitation in the upcoming months!

Stay healthy and safe!

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Paint and Quarter Horse Foundation Bulgaria

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
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Mina Raduncheva
Sofia, Bulgaria
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