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Dreams on Horseback was founded to help people with challenges improve their lives through horse-assisted learning experiences and education.
Riley’s anxiety has lifted. Alicia takes her medicine willingly in exchange for riding lessons. Ben can walk farther and stand longer. Cameron’s attitude at school has improved. Ruth’s caregivers have seen a decrease in her agitation. Important dreams fulfilled by your gift of hope to Dreams on Horseback.
As part of our team, you will get to live the dream right alongside our students, inspiring staff, and gentle horses. Have experience with horses? Wonderful! No experience? No problem! We will provide training and opportunity as you grow into an important part of our Dreams family of volunteers.
Riding lessons are offered to people of all ages and abilities. Depending on your personal goals, riding lesson objectives can range from therapeutic based activities on horseback to preparation for off-site horse show participation. Get started working toward your personal riding goals today!
Meet some of the people we serve and the programs they love when you check out our annual newsletter.
The Annual Dreams on Horseback Fun Show is coming up on May 6.
Riders from Field of Dreams and Dreams on Horseback will have the opportunity to show off their riding skills that they have been working to improve throughout the last year.
All students will receive a patch and ribbon for their participation. More details coming soon!
Red Capital along with Dreams on Horseback recognizes the sacrifice military families make alongside their service member.
In gratitude for your family’s service, Red Capital invites you to enjoy a complimentary “down on the farm” family day on Saturday afternoon, June 9.
Come meet the horses, enjoy good food, fun activities, and learn more about opportunities for vets and active military to spend more time at Dreams on Horseback, completely free of charge for vets, military and their families thanks to our community partners, ORIX Foundation, Anheuser Busch and Peace Lutheran Church of Gahanna.
The dedication of the George Bell Therapeutic Lift took place on February 26, 2018. That day Dreams on Horseback celebrated a turning point in its ability to provide services to those for whom mounting is difficult or impossible.
The Bell Family, pictured left to right, Darlene Bell, Dawn Daman, Robin Bell Layfield, Mark Dickey, and Carey Bell Wallace generously donated the lift in memory of their beloved husband and loving father George Bell, who throughout his career reached out to help others. A plaque inscribed with the words, "May all who use and witness the use of The George Bell Therapeutic Lift be inspired to help others rise to live their best lives.” immortalizes George’s generous spirit.
This lift will not only assist our therapeutic riders, but prepares the way for us to serve Military Connections participants with service-related injuries.
Dreams on Horseback expresses its gratitude to Rocky Boots, a Nelsonville, Ohio based company, for its generous gift of riding boots to our students enrolled in therapeutic riding, Special Olympics Equestrian Team, and our Gahanna Dreamcatchers Vocational Training Program. Proper riding and work footwear can be an expensive purchase for our families, many of which may be faced with medical and therapy expenses that can be daunting.
Rocky Boots recognizes this fact and generously meets this need for our riders and vocational students through the gift of warm, safe boots. Dreams on Horseback thanks Rocky Boots for its support of our programs through the gift of boots to our participants!
While Dreams on Horseback frequently custom designs programs for diverse groups, the following reflect our permanent programming opportunities:
Children and adults with special needs tackle their individual challenges from atop one of our kind and gentle therapy horses. Trained and certified instructors use engaging activities and games to encourage their students to solve problems, face fears, and complete physical tasks. Students are assisted by supportive side-walkers and a horse handler as they grow in competence.
Horses are unique in their ability to read our non-verbal cues and give clear non-verbal feedback to us. These natural responses by our equine partners lay the groundwork for gifted instructors to lead participants on a journey of introspection. Participants may be asked to observe their equine partner’s response to them. What does this tell the participant about himself? It is up to the participant to decide.
Seniors enjoy an outing to the farm where they are introduced to our horses through a variety of sensory experiences such as grooming, touching, education and observation. These sessions are led by our sensitive staff who have years of experience serving our seniors. An OSU study conducted in conjunction with Dreams on Horseback found that this program lessened agitation in participants.
Dreams on Horseback offers young adults with special needs the opportunity to learn valuable work and social skills needed for the workplace. Students learn and provide the authentic service of caring for our barn and horses. Staff helps students realize and implement skills which will guarantee their success in their first work experience beyond Dreams on Horseback.
Dreams on Horseback is honored to host our military and veterans. These men and women learn the joys of horsemanship while participating in equine-assisted learning workshops that are designed with the unique experiences of military personnel and veterans in mind. Military and veterans are given the training necessary to serve as side-walkers or handlers for fellow service men or women riders or for our therapeutic lesson students.
Would your group enjoy a trip to the farm? Let us design a field trip customized to your time frame and preferred format (educational or experiential). Experience life on the farm, learn some fun facts about horses and their care, go for a handler led ride, and enjoy our beautiful grounds where you can lunch creek side in our beautiful wooded picnic grounds.
Dreams on Horseback offers traditional riding lessons for individuals wishing to learn to ride in either the English or Western tradition. These lessons are open to all individuals weighing less than 200 lbs. Whether your goals are to learn basic riding and horsemanship skills, or to prepare for off-grounds horse showing, Dreams on Horseback can help you reach your goals. Most traditional lessons are held at Stepping Stone Stables.
Groups, such as corporate work teams, can also benefit from Equine Assisted Learning Methods. Participants are challenged to examine their role in their group by working together to meet a challenge put forth by the instructor. You'll never know where equine assisted learning might take you.
Helping others reach their dreams through horse-assisted programming can only happen through the pairing of our passion and your generous support. We thank you!