About Horsin' Around

 

History:

 

Judy Clark, at the time a nurse at Georgia Regional Hospital, is an avid horsewoman. In addition to riding and teaching others to ride, she had been working for many years with Attention Deficit Disorder Children. She was asked by a co-worker if she would work with his child who had cerebral palsy. Mrs. Clark said yes and this put the wheels in motion to start a therapeutic riding program. She knew that one of the first things she needed was a physical therapist.
 

Lanette Yeakley, a physical therapist at Backus Children’s Hospital, had recently moved to Savannah from Texas. She had put in a grant to have a therapeutic riding program, which was denied.
 

With a little luck, the two met and Horsin’ Around was born on September 19, 2000. Of course it took more than just their desire. Mrs. Clark’s husband Gary offered his help and willing volunteers were found. Mrs. Clark worked with her horses getting them accustom to wheelchairs, a ramp and other equipment, while Mrs. Yeakley began looking for children who would benefit from the program.
 

The program started with 6 individuals coming one night a week and has expanded to more than 30.
 

Lanette has since left us and we have gained Becky West as our new physical therapist.
 

As of 2011, Horsin' Around has become a NARHA member center and is working hard to send our first riders to the Georgia Special Olympics this fall in Perry, GA.

 

Services:

Horsin’ Around provides riding experiences for individuals with a wide range of special needs, both physical and mental, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, muscular dystrophy and developmental disabilities.
 

Children need a physician’s statement authorizing participation in the program and then they are evaluated by our certified instructors. Individual files are set up on each participant.

They include specific goals, needed medical information, what horse and tack will be used and why and progress notes from each session. If you have a family member interested in participating, check out the Rider Application and please contact Horsin' Around at (912)748-7917.

 

I Saw A Child
By John Anthony Davies

I saw a child who couldn't walk.
Sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride it through a field of daisies
And yet could not walk unaided.

I saw a child, no legs below,
Sit on a horse and make it go
Through wood of green
And places he had never been

To sit and stare,
Except from a chair
I saw a child who could only crawl,
Mount a horse and sit up tall.
Put it through degrees of paces,
And laugh at the wonder in our faces.

I saw a child born into strife,
Take up and hold the reins of life
And the same child was heard to say,
Thank God for showing me the way.

Our Sponsors: 

 

 

Strides to Rides Charity Walk

November 9, 2013

 

Duke Level: $500 or more

Kuhn Construction Company

 

Lo Cost Pharmacy

 

Aerotech Machining, Inc

 

Richmond Hill Animal Hospital

 

Maverick Level: $250 

 

Savannah Drywall

 

Miller's Coins & Currency

 

Sanitary Plumbing

 

 

 

 

Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist 

"Where Family is First and God is Everything"

 

 

Marshall Level: $100

 

Pediatric Therapies of Savannah

 

Economy Feed and Seed

 

Donald Rushing Construction Co., Inc

 

Southland Pediatric Therapy, Inc

 

Jalapeno's Mexican Grill

 

The Zaitz Family

 

Little Caesars Pizza

 

 

Sponsors for Wine and Equines: 

 

Publix of Richmond Hill 

 

McDonalds Restaurants of Richmond Hill

Miller's Coin & Currency

Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist

"Where Family is First and God is Everything"

Call us today

for more information

(912) 748-7917

 

Physical Address

1032 John Carter Road Bloomingdale, GA 31302

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