Special Partners is one of Special Equestrians’ outreach programs in which our therapy horses and outreach team make visits to local agencies, schools and community groups. During these visits, Special Partners facilitates the well-being of children and adults with special needs who can benefit from the human-animal bond.
The Special Partners program is designed to educate and provide human-animal contact for children and adults which can result in benefits such as: empathy building, outward focus, nurturing skills, rapport building, acceptance, entertainment, socialization, mental stimulation, physical contact and touch, and physiological benefits. Bringing a trained horse to meet with participants, is meant to facilitate growth in these areas as a natural source of healing in our community.
Our Special Partners horses and handlers are registered members of Pet Partners, which upholds standards of professionalism in the field of animal-assisted activities. Each Special Partners horse and handler team has been certified by the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.
The visit will last for approximately one hour and can be structured to include one or more of the following:
The places we have been and the people we have met...
Since 2012, Special Partners have enriched the lives of more than 1,300 children and adults in our community. Special Partners is available for visits to community groups, schools, assisted care facilities, agencies serving individuals with disabilities, and other community partners.
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