Saddle Up!
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1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069
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Programs

Description
Saddle Up! offers various educational offerings through the year, including our Instructor in Training program and annually hosting the PATH Intl. workshop and certification for Registered Instructors. The instructor-based programs help make it possible for Saddle Up! and other equine-assisted centers to have qualified instructors trained specifically for our programs. We have expanded with other learning opportunities during the year. For example, we have an ongoing relationship with MTSU and Belmont University taking interns and teaching classes, and in 2018 we will offer to our staff and fellow Path International partners across the country: PATH International Interactive Vaulting and Certification; PATH International Registered Instruction Workshop and Certification; and PATH International Advanced Instructor Certification. We partnered with collective impact program ACE to host trauma informed care workshops to our community.
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A daytime program serving Saddle Up! graduates ages 19-26 with a documented disability Ability to follow directions and participate in unmounted tasks in the barn 30 minutes of mounted activities1 hour of vocational training including grooming and tacking Reporting to work on time and prepared Learning Barn and Farm Chores Reporting to a Supervisor Working as a team Prioritizing work Developing Customer Service Skills Daily report to Families and Caregivers on progress
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Saddle Up's Therapy Services offer a year round program where children with disabilities as young as 2 can participate in a weekly physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language therapy appointment. Each appointment utilizes equine movement as a part of the treatment strategy. Appointments are led by a Saddle Up! Physical, Occupational, or Speech-Language Therapist who have received specialized training through the American Hippotherapy Association and are supported by a PATH International Certified Instructor. Therapy Service appointments are scheduled at a frequency and duration based on assessments completed by the therapist. A typical appointment is 45 minutes and takes place on the back of a horse, in our on-site treatment room, and in the dynamic environment of the barn. Appointments are scheduled during the day (no evening or weekend appointments available) Monday through Friday.
Beneficiaries
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
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Wonderful things happen when you bring horses and humans together. We see that daily here at Saddle Up! - the "can do" place for our riders, many of whom hear "can't" far too often in their daily lives. The Saddle Up! founders dreamed of creating a program that would serve children and youth with disabilities through the power of the horse. The adaptive riding lessons they began in May 1990 remain the centerpiece of our programs. The riding program serves children/youth from ages 4 through 18. Our riders face daily more than 50 types of disabilities, and many of them have multiple disabilities. They also participate in many therapies on a regular basis. At Saddle Up!, they get many therapeutic benefits, and make strong gains in daily independent living skills, but in a single program that offers fun and in a place "Where all children are equal in the saddle." In lessons, each child is matched with a horse by gait, breadth, and temperament and with up to three trained volunteers. Lessons are taught by nationally certified PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International instructors. The instructor creates lessons tailored to the needs of the child. The lesson may be private, semi-private or in a group, depending on the child's abilities and needs. In addition to riding a horse, students who are able participate in all elements of horsemanship by grooming and putting tack on their horse.Riding a horse creates a three-dimensional movement that even the most state-of-the art equipment can't duplicate. It provides the motions of walking for riders with mobility problems. Riding also provides opportunities for behavioral, cognitive and emotional learning and growth. We've had children hesitant to be near a horse grow into competent riders, uncertainty evolve to confidence, and physical weaknesses become strengths. At Saddle Up!, we've seen children say their first word - ever! - to their horse.
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Equine Assisted Learning, or EAL, is a hands-on educational program that uses the interactions and developing relationships between horses and humans in an environment of learning and self-discovery. It is designed to promote personal growth and the development of positive social/life skills in a fun and supportive environment. Each equine interaction is framed to help students learn and grow. The barn/farm environment naturally lends itself as a unique multi-sensory classroom. Specially certified Instructors work with the school and teachers to set curriculum objectives and overall goals that can range from academics to social skills. Through interactions with horses, students have the opportunity to capture concepts, practice new skills, and reflect on how they might apply what they have learned to their own lives.
Beneficiaries
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Teaching an adaptive riding lesson at Saddle Up! requires a strong team of Certified Instructors, volunteers trained to support safety and focus on the lesson, and a specially desensitized, trained horse. The Instructor is the professional responsible for maximizing the learning and growth opportunities for all involved. In partnership with the family and our Program Director, the Instructors determine whether a private, semi-private or group lesson best serves the student. The Instructor also works closely with the Equine Manager to prescribe the best horse for the student. It's also the Instructor in partnership with the family, who sets goals for the student/client and creates lesson plans to achieve goals based on the student's abilities. And, the Instructor is the ongoing 'teacher' for trained volunteers who support the work in lessons. Saddle Up! deeply appreciates the professionalism, passion and compassion our Instructors bring to their job. In addition, we are grateful that the generosity of individuals, organizations/businesses and foundations in our community make it possible for Saddle Up! to provide the PATH Intl. Instructor certifications and workshops at our farm. The certifications and workshops benefit not only Saddle Up!'s program but also other programs throughout Middle Tennessee and across the country. Your support of education helps ensure professionalism and safety in effective equine assisted programs that serve individuals with special needs. For our medically-based therapy services program, goal-setting and monitoring is like that at any therapeutic office. The major difference is that the horse is key to the treatment strategy. In addition to a specially licensed and certified therapist, each therapy session will include at a minimum, in addition to the therapist, a staff horse handler and a certified instructor, who is focused on the client's safety and body positioning. Our equine assisted learning team works hand-in-hand with the school or group to set goals for each session and for the students. The Saddle Up! Instructor develops specific lessons and activities to achieve those goals and regularly reports progress to the school or organization. Workshops providing an ongoing learning environment at Saddle Up! from disabilities to equines, and everything in between. They also provide either training and/or certification opportunities for PATH Intl. Registered Level I, II and Advanced Instructors, for Interactive Vaulting, and for Hippotherapy Association Level 1 certification candidates. In 2018, Saddle Up! expanded program offerings to include Interactive Vaulting and the Alumni Transitions programs. All of our programs work to change lives -- through the power of the horse!