About

Mission Statement

The mission of Angels on Horseback is to provide therapeutic equine-assisted activities to individuals with mental, physical or emotional disabilities and to encourage growth through the benefits of horse and human relationships. We offer Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) that include Therapeutic Riding and Equine-facilitated Learning.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding is the most popular form of equine-assisted activities. It is mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. The benefits of Therapeutic Riding include:

  • Promoting strength
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Developing balance
  • Improving coordination
  • Helping breathing and circulation
  • Boosting self-confidence
  • Building self-esteem
  • Vestibular Input
  • Proprioceptive Input
  • Tactile Input
  • Visual Input
  • Auditory Input

Equine-facilitated Learning (EFL)

EFL is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities. EFL content is developed and organized with the primary intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions. The benefits of EFL include:

  • Developing strong work ethic through dedication, time and effort in caring for horses
  • Fostering self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Helping us better understand our own non-verbal communication
  • Enhancing self-awareness

Our Instructors

Our dedicated, caring instructors have been certified in adaptive teaching methods through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). PATH International is the credentialing organization for accrediting centers and certifying instructors and equine specialists. Their mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.

Our Volunteers

People often say that we receive more than we give when we volunteer our time. Here are a few of the unexpected gifts our volunteers have expressed from showing up and helping out where needed: Inspiration, Friendship and Laughter, Peace and Contentment.

The Faces Behind Angels

Executive Board

NameDuties
Tammy HermannDirector
Ben DavisChairman
Lisa HillSecretary

Board

NameDuties
Ron GoffBoard Member
Evelyn SteinerBoard Member
Tom DavisBoard Member

Committee Chairs

NameDuties
Karen DavisCommunications
Tom DavisFacility
Evelyn SteinerFundraising and Grant Writing
Ron GoffParents
Sarah LloydEquine
VacantProgram
VacantThank You Notes
VacantVolunteering

Instructors

NameQualifications
Leslie ElliottPATH Int'l Certified
Tammy HermannPATH Int'l Certified
Sarah LloydPATH Int'l Certified