‘Horses of Hope’ Lucky Harvest reaching out to raise much-needed funds

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Cowboy Day promises to be a really fun day for all! A fundraiser for Lucky Harvest Equine Therapy Centre, hosted by Taverne de la Ferme, Cowboy Day will be held on Saturday, September 22 at La Taverne, 24 Bridge Street, Ormstown, starting at 2 PM. Come on down for a day full of fun and surprises to support a great cause!

The Taverne will be hosting a Bourbon Tasting in the afternoon and will have live music in the evening with country selections presented by B2. Throughout the day the Taverne will be selling $5 pints of Moosehead Breweries beer, all proceeds going to Lucky Harvest !

Lucky Harvest will also be running a raffle with absolutely incredible prizes. Members of Lucky Harvest will be on site to talk about the life-changing therapy offered at Lucky Harvest.

On September 30 Lucky Harvest is holding it’s super-popular Ride-O-Thon, where you can sponsor a rider to find hidden treasures along the trails !

You can also help by going to the Lucky Harvest Go Fund Me Campaign

Any and all donations are greatly needed and appreciated!

The Lucky Harvest Project (Le Projet la Recolte Chanceuse), a non-profit operating in Hinchinbrooke, QC is the first therapeutic riding center in Quebec, established in 1992. The center provides equine therapy, a growing, widely-accepted, yet non-conventional treatment for a broad range of disorders such as cerebral palsy, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, Down’s and Rett’s syndromes as well as many other disorders. Although we have no restrictions as to age, the majority of clientele are children.

Tremendous improvements in both the cognitive and the physical abilities of riders participating in our program have been documented. The experience for someone, who has limited skills and abilities, even those confined to a wheelchair, of being able to ride a horse, has tremendous emotional and social benefits. Not only is this activity therapeutic, but it is also a wonderful sport and recreational activity that is available to handicapped people in Quebec.

Often referred by doctors or other specialists, Lucky Harvest has worked with clients from Ste-Justine’s Hospital, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Le Centre de Readaptation Monteregien, as well as various CLSCs across the province..

The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

The benefits of therapeutic riding are well documented medically. Lucky Harvest is about overcoming limitations, leaving wheelchairs and fears behind, and learning to ride. Riding a horse gives something very special to a person with a handicap, i.e. a sense of control and accomplishment. The feeling of achievement, which comes from riding a 1,000-pound horse, is strong medicine. Medically, the horse’s soothing rhythm, warmth, and three-dimensional movement patterns provides persons with limited mobility the opportunity to exercise their back and trunk muscles in a way that closely simulates walking. The results are tremendous as better cognitive and physical improvements are seen. In addition, we achieve these results in a new and exciting way with people with handicaps who are tired of the routine of physiotherapy in a clinical setting.

CANtra, The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, certifies all the riding program and instructors. All lessons are individual; one instructor, one rider. Normally, three volunteers assist the instructor throughout the lesson.

Our instructors custom design every lesson with the specific needs and abilities of the rider in mind. Each lesson is tailored to the individual needs of each rider. The lessons also help the rider improve his or her cognitive and physical abilities as well as social skills, attention span and language. Through the lessons, the rider gains a sense of control and self-confidence as they experience a freedom never felt before.

The Lucky Harvest Center needs financial support to maintain its program and services. Without adequate operating funds, the center cannot continue to offer the quality program that it presently does. We are looking for support for operating costs, as well as funds to cover the costs of lessons for those individuals who cannot afford them. We found that many people living with disabilities are either on pensions, fixed incomes or social assistance. Families with children or dependants living with disabilities have much higher than the average family expenses and have difficulty or simply cannot afford the costs of the lessons .

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