Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast fosters personal achievement through equine assisted activities and therapy for individuals with special needs in a safe and stimulating environment.
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Congratulations to our riders who competed in Area Special Olympics on March 22. Stay tuned for results. Pictures can be viewed on our facebook page.
As you may know, it costs $$$$$ to keep a horse. Add in 6+ more on top of that and you've got a very expensive program to run! It costs us, at a minimum, $1035.00 every MONTH just to feed 7 horses and put shavings in their stalls. Not only do we appreciate monetary donations, but also donations of items that we use on a regular basis. For more information, select the 'Wish List' option under the 'Donate' menu at the top of the page, or go here for a list of needed items & to donate.
We want your old electronics!! SETC has partnered with EcoPhones to help raise money. For more information, select the 'Fundraiser' option under the 'Donate' menu at the top of this page, or go here.
Since 1992, Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Inc. of Vero Beach, Florida has provided therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults who are challenged by Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Spina Bifida, Strokes, Diabetes, and other conditions affecting muscles and speech. Many of our riders are unable to control their arms and legs and are among scores of people in Indian River County burdened by mental, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities.
To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback. The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength.
The horses, most of them in their 20's, seem to understand their roles, patiently waiting for disabled riders to position themselves and give them the "walk on" cue either by voice, cluck, or hand sign. We see children and adults change as soon as they get into the saddle. For a little while, at least, they are in control of their lives.
We charge a minimal rider’s fee, yet even at that, some disadvantaged students could not benefit from our program were it not for help from generous donors like you, and events like Unravel the Ribbon. Donations of any amount make a huge difference, and your gift helps to ensure that no student is turned away due to an inability to pay.
We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that is a Center Member of PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International.)
The Special Equestrians' facility is located at 7280 53rd Street in Vero Beach, FL. We welcome all visitors and potential riders and volunteers. For more information, please call our barn phone number (772) 562-7603. Thanks again for your generous support.