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HORSES FOR A CHANGE INC

Riding for people of all ages, abilities, and economic means.

Esopus, NY   |  www.horsesforachange.org

Mission

We are an equine facilitated riding program that uses horseback riding and horse care to develop life skills for students of all ages, abilities and financial means. Our mission is 4-fold: (1) To provide equine assisted therapy for children, adolescents and adults with assorted mental and physical health needs. (2) To provide a safe haven for abandoned horses where they can be reeducated as school mounts and basic level show horses. (3) To provide financial assistance to riders who do not have the funds for riding lessons. (4) To provide economically disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn horse care and riding leading to skills of empathy, leadership and appreciation for nature in a beautiful rural setting.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Nancy L Rosen

Main address

PO Box 54

Esopus, NY 12429 USA

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EIN

46-3553658

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with disabilities and low-income individuals do not have easy access to the healing power of being on and around horses.

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 offer mounted and un-mounted horse experiences to people of all ages and abilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers
Children and youth

We adopt equines from rescues to be trained to work in our riding school. Since our program began in 2014, we have added four horses, a zonkey (zebra-donkey mix) and a donkey to our therapy program.

Population(s) Served

One of our major goals is to make riding more accessible to people of all economic means, not just a sport for the wealthy. We provide scholarships for low-income people of all ages who want to ride with us. We work with community groups and social service agencies to bring people to the farm who might otherwise never have the chance to be on or around horses.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our primary focus is on dressage, which is the foundation for all equine disciplines. If our students want to, we prepare them for and coach them at competitions. We have horses that can compete from Training Level to Grand Prix.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We aim to provide access to the healing power of horses to people of all ages, abilities, and financial means.

We partner with agencies in our area that provide services for adults and children with disabilities. For example, programs such as the Safe Harbor program send us youngsters who have been rescued from sex trafficking; the Resource Center for Accessible Living provides grants so that children with disabilities can ride with us. The majority of our riders come from low-income families. We have kind and well-trained horses and riding instructors who are trained to work with people of all abilities.

We are unique in having well-trained horses, suitable for riders at all levels. They are not ring sour, because we do not overwork them. We have a PATH-certified instructor and an instructor who is both a USDF Silver Medalist and an MSW with a deep background in family therapy.

Since we began in 2014, we have partnered with 14 agencies in our area to provide services for their clients with disabilities.

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.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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HORSES FOR A CHANGE INC

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Andrea Lurie

Jesse Rosen

Abel Cine

Nancy Levine Rosen

Frog Hollow Farm

Andrea Rose Lurie

Esopus Strength & Fitness

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No