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Loving Connections

Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Growth

Cave Creek, AZ   |  http://www.lovingconnections.org

Mission

We strive to help those with special needs and emotional challenges through individualized therapeutic riding sessions and equine connection programs.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Franky Greaves

Co Principal Officer

Sara Williamson

Main address

28437 North 58th Street

Cave Creek, AZ 85331 USA

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EIN

83-4650240

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Our programs

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Therapeutic Riding

The goals of the Therapeutic Riding Program are to teach our clients to ride and care for the horses to the best of their ability. This will help our clients improve both mentally and physically. Such improvements as, hand eye coordination, better flexibility, strength, mobility, posture and so on. We also Hope to improve clients’ communication, happiness, well-being, emotional state, and an overall sense of independence and control over their situation.

The objectives of the Therapeutic Riding Program include having clients: pick out their horse, groom and tack their horse, participate in a ridden portion of their program, untack and putt their horse away. All lessons will be one on one with the aid of one volunteer to assist.

The desired outcomes of the Therapeutic Riding Program include creating a sense of independence and control in the lives of our clients. By allowing them such a hands-on experience in their program they are relatively able to make choices for themselves. In tandem with this can come an overall sense of happiness, better communication, coordination, emotional stability and so much more.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Loving Connections' mindfulness program helps clients slow down, learn how to be present, connect with their mind and inner self. This program helps clients envision how they want their lives to be, and helps them make changes to get there. We help our clients through: meditation, breathing techniques, art, journaling, and shared space with our horses. Loving Connections' mindfulness programs are offered in both one on one and group settings.

There are countless reasons mindfulness is so successful in general, and in the equine space. Horses are amazing nonjudgmental mentors in helping individuals be present and mindful. Horses meet people in the present and do not judge based on a person’s past or how they look or who they are in life. Horses don't worry about the past or stress about the future. Thoughts come and go, and all of their choices are based on the present moment. Whether it is stressed out, angry, emotional, distant, or calm and meditative, horses will immediately remind you of where your energy is.

The closer to your authentic and connected self, the more one's relationship with a horse can grow. This programming is available for all demographics Loving Connections serves and uses our rescue herd which shares similar backgrounds as many of our clients to aid in facilitation. Loving Connections creates a safe space for clients to utilize tools in our programs and develop coping skills to use beyond the sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Loving Connections

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Franky Greaves