4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program

Enhancing Lives through Equine Activities

aka 4STEPS   |   Parsonsburg, MD   |  4stepstrp.org

Mission

4STEPS mission is to provide equine assisted activities and therapies to promote physical, emotional and educational growth and development for children and adults with disabilities.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Sandra F Winter

Main address

5367a Sixty Foot Rd

Parsonsburg, MD 21849 USA

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EIN

71-0959202

NTEE code info

Special Olympics (N72)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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What we aim to solve

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Disabled people have a need to experience the pleasures and physical benefits of recreational therapies and activities and sports and social engagement.4STEPS provide disabled children and adults to participate in therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) that are recreational, therapeutic, educational and safe. 4STEPS has worked with local health departments, schools, and other organizations serving the disabled in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties Maryland to assure access to EAAT for enhancement and enrichment in their daily lives.

Our programs

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Therapeutic RIding Program



4STEPS Program Services


Therapeutic Riding for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Working with horses is an excellent form of exercise therapy that is fun, safe, challenging and socially rewarding. The goals of therapeutic and recreational riding revolve around learning horsemanship, improving basic riding skills and many times learning a specific riding discipline such as trail riding, cowboy dressage, and drill team activities. In therapeutic riding, special attention is paid to facilitating improvements in muscle strength, coordination, balance, stamina, self confidence and social interaction. Lesson plans are tailored individually to address clients’ special needs. Our therapeutic riding instructors are specially trained and certified to instruct clients with a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities as well as clients who are not disabled. Lessons are conducted in our covered riding arena, outdoor arena and on the trail and are conducted according to each rider’s interests, needs, abilities and rate of progress.

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The goals of our program are as follows: to provide a wide range of therapeutic equine activities, mounted and un-mounted, according to the standards set by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) for disabled children and adults in our community; to offer those services to economically disadvantaged individuals; to provide families and/or caregivers the opportunity to participate in equine activities with the disabled individual; to provide disabled individuals exercise therapy to relax tight muscles, increase range of motion, improve stability and balance, and to enhance emotional connectivity with the participant and his/her environment on the back of a horse; to increase capacity for empathy, self esteem, social interaction and other interpersonal behaviors in children with emotional disorders, truancy, aggressive behavior and social maladjustment.

Horses used are screened not only for their temperament, but also in the smoothness and symmetry of their gait. Additionally, handlers are trained to work with an individual towards achieving specific therapeutic goals with progress being measured. Individual horsemanship goals are developed by PATH Intl Certified Instructors and objectives and lessons are tailored and implemented to meet those goals. Volunteers are recruited and utilized to assist instructors and participate in a variety of ways including leading horses during lessons, sidewalking (walking alongside the horse to offer the rider support when needed), grooming horses, tacking up horses, cooling out horses, cleaning tack, horse care, helping with fund-raisers, participating in public relations, assisting with administrative duties, planning of special events, and anything else that needs doing. Instructors and volunteers participate in continuing education and training to stay current in policies and procedures and new techniques in the field of disabilities and EAAT.

4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program was established in 2004 to meet the needs of physically and emotionally disabled children and adults for therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities and therapies. The current operational staff consists of one PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor, augmented by Instructors-In-Training (IITs) and a cadre of 25 to 30 volunteers. Presently the number of individuals served is approximately 100 individuals annually. 4STEPS collaborates with local schools, county health departments, civic organizations and private and governmental agencies to identify new clients who would benefit from equine assisted activities and therapies. 4STEPS has maintained a policy of offering therapeutic riding and equine assisted programs to disabled individuals in the Lower Eastern Shore community, based solely on their need and desire for such service and without regard to race, gender, ethnic group, national origin, education level, religion or socioeconomic status. Indeed, the very purpose of this application is to secure funding to enable us to continue offering services to those whose socioeconomic status is such that they are unable to pay a modest service fee for the services. Our policy has always been that no disabled individual will be denied services because of inability to pay. However, 4STEPS is a non-profit charitable organization with limited financial resources. The cost of providing services to the disabled community is substantial. To meet the expenses, we depend upon the generosity of caring individuals, civic groups, service clubs and business entities in our community. Nevertheless, the income derived from charitable donations and fundraising activities is not sufficient to meet the total program costs. To make up the difference, we charge clients a modest service fee. 4STEPS Board of Directors is active in supporting the Executive Director in implementing programs to meet community needs. The board provides support in administration, program development and fundraising.

15 years of service to and support of therapeutic riding in our community; We established ourselves as the leading day camp provider for disabled children aged 3-18; We launched additional activities and courses; We developed a strong reputation by constantly focusing on what parents and youth want; We've created an environment which encourages youth to thrive, learn and develop while making friends and having fun; Increased riding retention rate and new recruits, donor support. We've addressed community needs, improved facilities and added adaptive equipment to meet the needs of our disabled populations, received evaluation and support of community foundations; What's next: Hiring additional PATH Instructors to expand program services and increase individuals served; continued program development based on community needs including a Veteran's Program

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4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program

Board of directors
as of 12/23/2017
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Board chair

Nancy Blank

RICHARD WARREN

Namcy Blank

Laura Jones

Mary Coiro

Verena Chase

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