Thursday, March 5, 2015

Out & About With . . . Front Range Hippotherapy

Imagine!’s Out & About department was created in 1997 in response to the requests of community members with disabilities and family members who care for those with disabilities to have more options for community-based recreation services.

That “community-based” element is key - rather than scheduling activities in a segregated setting, you will find Out & About participants (both adults and children) utilizing recreation centers, bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums, and even amusement parks.

Of course, Out & About wouldn’t be able to provide those services without the support of the many, many community organizations that collaborate with Out & About to ensure that participants are able to receive positive instruction, within a therapeutic framework, to encourage growth, learning, community participation, socialization, health, safety, and the achievement of individual goals.

Today, I’d like to acknowledge Front Range Hippotherapy (FRH) for its support of Out & About. Out & About has gone to FRH its last five Summer Camps. They visit the center in two groups during the summer, so each kiddo gets to ride one time. This is one of the kids’ favorite Summer Camp activities. They have the opportunity to work on core strength, practice fine and gross motor activities on horseback, as well as just be around the amazing horses. If someone chooses not to ride, the staff at FRH gives alternate activities like playing with the cats and dogs in the barn and also petting or just watching the horses. Last summer, one participant even got to hold one of the dogs while she was on horseback!

Thank you, Front Range Hippotherapy, for your support of your community and all of its members.

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