HorsePower, Inc. Gala: A Benefit For Special Kids

Ruth and her father kick up their heels to a lively tune.
Watch your feet. They won’t be stepped on by a horse at the Gala however your partner may be a different story.
Clare concentrates as the instructor asks her to let go of the reins.
Volunteer orientation is where the real work begins. Volunteers are taught how to saddle a horse.
Swingtime puts the swing into the 2012 Gala.
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Posted 3/4/13

HorsePower horse therapeutic center. Close to Castle Rock. Reasonably priced.

HorsePower uses the power of the horse to help special needs kids. Community support puts the power in the horses that power HorsePower.

Come join us at the HorsePower Gala on Saturday, June 8, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd., Lone Tree, CO 80124 Food, cash bar, live music and a silent auction are on the agenda. The special part of the night will be to hear from and meet the special kids and their parents.

HorsePower serves children and adults who have gone through traumatic experiences. They often times have difficulty bonding, trusting others, exhibit low self-esteem and poor confidence in themselves. They often feel responsible for the trauma, have increased anxiety, may be withdrawn/shut-down or become aggressive, struggle with boundaries, and can be impatient. Through the interaction with horses and horseback riding, it can increase self-esteem and confidence, provide healthy and safe relationships (with humans and horses) and help participants to learn appropriate social skills and boundaries. It also serves as an opportunity for students to integrate their trauma history at a pace that is comfortable for them and doesn’t require them to “talk through it” like traditional therapies.

HorsePower’s program may include challenges such as multiple sclerosis, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Down’s syndrome, stroke, ADHD, depression, victims of physical, sexual, mental, or emotional abuse, people with trauma histories, as well as children that have been adopted or in a foster family that struggle with bonding, trusting, low self-esteem, and attachment disorders.

HorsePower students learn responsibility, self-awareness, and to follow multi-step directions. They learn what it takes to groom a horse, saddle a horse, an understanding of the tack and equipment used, and an overall respect for this animal.  It improves their social and emotional skills, builds self-confidence, improves their attitude, and creates self-discipline. They become courageous enough to overcome fears, develop patience and overall self-esteem. Our goal is to help them achieve a better quality of life overall.

The Gala funds the real work. Taking care of the horses, recruiting and training volunteers, hiring PATH certified instructors.

For more information, please visit www.coloradohorsepower.org.