THE RIGHT STEP, INC

The Healing Power of Horses

Littleton, CO   |  www.therightstepinc.org

Mission

To improve the lives of people with disabilities through the healing power of horses.

Ruling year info

2010

Chair, Board of Directors

Ms. Christine Dianne Remy

Main address

P.O. Box 721

Littleton, CO 80160 USA

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EIN

26-3916353

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Right Step, Inc. brings the world of

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Therapeutic Riding

We teach basic horsemanship and riding skills to people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Works with horses to learn basic horsemanship as well as life skills.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers

Where we work

Accreditations

PATH, Intl. Premier Accredited Center 2018

Awards

Premier Center 2013

PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To Better the Lives of People With Disabilities Through the Healing Power of Horses.

Therapeutic riding provides many benefits to people with disabilities. At the most basic level, it is an accessible form of outdoor recreation. Research shows that equine-assisted learning has physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for participants.

Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

The Right Step has been providing therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities since 2008 for children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities, though the majority of our clients are on the Autism Spectrum. The Right Step is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. As a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center We Offer private and group lessons with PATH Certified instructors teaching each lesson, assisted by 3-4 trained volunteers to support each client during lessons.

The Right Step also has a Ground Based Program which offers a fun way to learn horsemanship for people of all ages with special needs! Activities are tailored to age and ability.

Clients will:
• Groom a horse.
• Identify parts of a horse and tack.
• Learn what a horse is saying with its ears, tail, eyes and body.
• Learn how much a horse weighs.
• Learn what it takes to care for a horse.
• Learn what a horse eats.
• Talk to a farrier, trainer, veterinarian, and dentist.
• And much more.

We host bi-annual horse shows for lead line and independent riders. This gives our clients opportunities to showcase new skills and mark their accomplishments.

As a Premier Center, professional staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is generally assisted by at least two side walkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader. Riding classes are taught by instructors who have strong equine backgrounds, and understand various disabilities.

The Right Step currently stables four horses.

The Right Step is committed to providing the healing power of horses to all who would benefit. Our goal is to never turn away a client because of an inability to pay. As a non-profit organization, we are able to fulfill this goal through donations to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded based strictly on need.

Participants discover new skills, develop supportive relationships with staff and horses and find respite
from the daily challenges that has become part of their changed lives. Qualified staff selects a horse for each rider from specialized mounts. ranging from ponies to retired champions and each brings their unique insight to the riding experience. Riders of all abilities are accommodated. The Right Step team assists with mounting, balance, stretching, strength building, communication and riding instructions with exceptional attention to safety throughout each riding experience. The fun, well it comes naturally.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people with disabilities ages four through adult.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    individual communication with clients and/or their parents/guardians or caregivers,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE RIGHT STEP, INC

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Christine Remy

Mike Bearman

Jaclyn Manzione

G Thomas Manzione

Leonard Berman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability