HORSESENSE

Rise and Ride

aka HorseSense for Special Riders   |   La Crosse, WI   |  www.horsesensewi.org

Mission

To provide a therapeutic horseback riding program that promotes personal skill development for all riders, regardless of the challenges they face. We strive to promote the highest level of independence and confidence through social interactions and horsemanship skills in a small group learning environment.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Samantha Hall

Program Manager

Ashley Adams

Main address

PO Box 906

La Crosse, WI 54602 USA

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EIN

39-1966685

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

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HorseSense

HorseSense is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with and without disabilities through a friendship with the horse. We strives to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of riders by providing weekly therapeutic horseback riding lessons that:

Create a positive environment for learning

Emphasize the capabilities of each rider

Improve physical health

Provide a sense of accomplishment and control

There are several benefits youth and adults with cognitive, physical and psychological disabilities experience throughout lessons as they master their riding skills. Sitting astride a horse increases balance and coordination, strengthens muscles and brings about body awareness, for example. And through complex, interactive lessons, riders practice their speech, reading and problem-solving skills as they learn to follow instructions. Other benefits include: improved reflexes, weight-bearing ability, range of motion, stamina, hand-eye coordination, sensory integration, left/right discrimination, decision-making, independence, patience, physical fitness and responsibility.

The impact of therapeutic horseback riding is life-long as such benefits hit the very core of our riders: their identities. Riders build their self-esteem and self-efficacy by regulating their emotions to convert negative feelings into constructive motivation. This motivation they experience throughout lessons carries into their everyday lives, empowering them to believe in themselves and their abilities.

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HORSESENSE

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Heather Millis

Mickell Wilcelski

APTIV

Andrea Frisch

WisCorp

Marlis O'Brein

Mayo Clinic

Shawn Sackman

Dan Howes

Glen Danielson