ONCE UPON A HORSEÔ is a nonprofit, therapeutic riding lesson program serving the needs of communication impaired individuals and
typically developing individuals to build respect, responsibility and relationships.
In the thirty years since its inception, SADDLETIME FARMÔ has evolved into a highly successful Morgan horse enterprise and has grown to include Once Upon A HorseÔ,
a nonprofit, therapeutic riding lesson program for kids with invisible,
communication based handicaps. As a speech-language pathologist, I work
with a variety of communicative handicaps including stuttering,
articulation errors, language disorders, developmental delays and
Once Upon A HorseÔ allows me to repay in kind the community in which I was reared and educated and to provide a safe haven for special-needs kids
where disabilities fade and skill strengths emerge in response to the magic of Morgan horses. Since 1995 Once Upon A HorseÔ
has provided a positive and constructive environment where
special-needs kids are met with success and acceptance while learning
valuable life skills. Animal therapy is a constructive interaction for
individuals with disabilities, and the magic of Morgan horses provides
a safe haven where they can succeed while building self-confidence and
self-esteem based on the rewards of real accomplishment.
Responsibility, discipline and improved communication skills are
learned while working with Morgan Horses, which in turn, provides
experiences that are personally rewarding and character building. Once
Upon A Horse was created primarily for special-needs students, but
typically-developing individuals are invited and welcome to
Once Upon A HorseÔ was created to enrich the lives of communicatively impaired individuals and to teach life-altering
skills...work hard, do your best and serve the good of the order.