SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program Spirit provides therapy, learning and improvement of life skills fostering healing of the body, mind and spirit - using Equine-Assisted Activities
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Spirit Equine Assisted Activities - Programs

1. Therapeutic Riding
2. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
3. Equine Assisted Learning
4. SPIRIT Academy - education and training for service providers

Moments from our workshop with The Eastern Ridge School, an experiential learning day all about horses!
05/15/2024

Moments from our workshop with The Eastern Ridge School, an experiential learning day all about horses!

05/12/2024

Jack and his team have been playing a lot of ring games lately, way to go! Comment below, what's your favorite ring game?
🔴Ring toss
🟢Rings on the toes
🟠Ring stretches
🟣Horse earrings!

🌟EAL spotlight: Meet Polina! ⭐️How long have you been with SPIRIT? “I have been with SPIRIT about 1.5 years”⭐️How did yo...
05/08/2024

🌟EAL spotlight: Meet Polina!

⭐️How long have you been with SPIRIT? “I have been with SPIRIT about 1.5 years”

⭐️How did you get started? “I became an EAL to be able to learn more about horses, everything that goes into their care and welfare, and be able to spend time around them.”

⭐️ Who is your favorite horse/pony? “Ellie”

⭐️ What is your favorite part of being an EAL? “I love spending time with the horses and SPIRIT community, getting to do something I love.”

Thank you Polina for all you do at SPIRIT!

04/27/2024

3 of our long-time riders introduce themselves, their horse, and their sidewalkers!

Smile! Welcome Cody to the SPIRIT team!
04/23/2024

Smile! Welcome Cody to the SPIRIT team!

Our retired herd members all out grazing together. We are infinitely thankful to these horses for helping us carry out o...
04/21/2024

Our retired herd members all out grazing together. We are infinitely thankful to these horses for helping us carry out our mission. Now, we are proud to thank them with a very comfy retirement where they can still be together!

Please join us in wishing Buttercup a happy retirement! Buttercup joined the SPIRIT herd in 2012, and has been a trusted...
04/16/2024

Please join us in wishing Buttercup a happy retirement!

Buttercup joined the SPIRIT herd in 2012, and has been a trusted teacher to many participants for 12+ years!

Please share a memory or a photo of Buttercup in the comments! Buttercup will join Huckleberry and Glory at the retirement farm under our care.

Please join us in wishing Glory a happy retirement! Glory joined the SPIRIT herd in 2011, and has been a trusted teacher...
04/16/2024

Please join us in wishing Glory a happy retirement!

Glory joined the SPIRIT herd in 2011, and has been a trusted teacher to many participants for 13+ years!

Please share a memory or a photo of Glory in the comments! Glory will join Huckleberry and Buttercup at the retirement farm under our care.

04/16/2024

Just enjoying the sounds of spring

Week 2 of our spring veterans program! Our Veterans program is a 10 week program offered spring and fall. Participants l...
03/28/2024

Week 2 of our spring veterans program!

Our Veterans program is a 10 week program offered spring and fall. Participants learn about horses and their behavior, grooming, leading, and riding.

03/28/2024

Spring is here!

We are pleased to officially welcome Minnie Mouse aka Minnie to the SPIRIT herd! Minnie has settled in and started parti...
03/26/2024

We are pleased to officially welcome Minnie Mouse aka Minnie to the SPIRIT herd! Minnie has settled in and started participating in class activities. Skye isn’t so sure of how to feel about her “mini me” but so far she is doing great!

03/26/2024

First time over the bridge for all people and horses tonight. Proud of the horse handling, leadership and confidence skills in these EALs and volunteers! Join me in congratulating them for overcoming a literal obstacle!

Huckleberry is all settled in at his new home! Huck instantly made friends and was more than happy to explore his new pr...
03/09/2024

Huckleberry is all settled in at his new home! Huck instantly made friends and was more than happy to explore his new property and dig in to the good grass. Happy retirement Huck, you’ve earned it!

Our Occupational Therapy utilizing Hippotherapy service is back in action and we are excited to welcome Sandra to the te...
03/09/2024

Our Occupational Therapy utilizing Hippotherapy service is back in action and we are excited to welcome Sandra to the team! Read her bio below ⬇️

Sandra earned her Master in Occupational Therapy from Trinity Washington University in 2020 and has been a lifelong equestrian, with particular interest in classical dressage. She has a horse of her own and has received acknowledgement for her exceptional volunteerism in other therapeutic programs before joining our team. Sandra utilizes hippotherapy in her practice which is a specialized treatment tool used by occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists. It involves taking advantage of the sensory-motor aspects of horses which aims at improving coordination, postural balance, flexibility, endurance, strength, functional ambulation/gait, sensory processing to tolerate touch and motor plan sequential movements among many other functional goals. Sandra believes that a horse as a therapy tool is obviously also more exciting than a swing or therapy ball, offering opportunities to develop an emotional bond as well as communication and social skills.

Friday evening we were joined by some Girl Scouts to support them in earning their Animal Helper Badge! Scouts got to le...
03/05/2024

Friday evening we were joined by some Girl Scouts to support them in earning their Animal Helper Badge! Scouts got to learn about different types of equine assisted services and meet our herd!

For 12+ years Huckleberry has served in SPIRIT programs and we are proud to be wishing him a happy retirement! Huckleber...
03/02/2024

For 12+ years Huckleberry has served in SPIRIT programs and we are proud to be wishing him a happy retirement! Huckleberry has been a trusted teacher for so many, and has always been an instructor and student favorite known for his goofy personality. There are not enough ways to say thank you to Huck for all he has given to so many students.

Huckleberry will be retiring at a local farm under our care. Take a moment this week to give him an extra pat or carrot and congratulate him on his retirement, he’s earned it! Please drop a picture or a favorite memory in the comments!

A big thank you to the students and chaperones of Bishop O’Connell High School for completing a volunteer service day wi...
02/27/2024

A big thank you to the students and chaperones of Bishop O’Connell High School for completing a volunteer service day with SPIRIT! Students did a phenomenal job helping us clean up the farm and got to learn about SPIRIT’s programs and mission, safe interactions and how to care for horses!

What a fun few winter weeks! Thanks to all our new volunteers for joining our family! We 💛 you!
02/25/2024

What a fun few winter weeks! Thanks to all our new volunteers for joining our family! We 💛 you!

🌟EAL spotlight: Meet Tabitha! ⭐️How long have you been with SPIRIT? “I have been with SPIRIT about 3 years”⭐️How did you...
02/20/2024

🌟EAL spotlight: Meet Tabitha!

⭐️How long have you been with SPIRIT? “I have been with SPIRIT about 3 years”

⭐️How did you get started? “I wanted to become an EAL because I wanted to know more about horses and learn more about horse care. I also wanted to help make other people feel like the barn is a safe and fun place.”

⭐️ Who is your favorite horse/pony? “Maisie”

⭐️ What is your favorite part of being an EAL? “My favorite thing about being an EAL is being able to spend time and get to know the horses and the people.”

Thank you Tabitha for all you do at SPIRIT!

02/20/2024

Some different type of fun! Emmy working with Smudge and Tabitha working with Maisie!

Cece & Huckleberry do their best to keep the farm tidy, but they need a little help! SPIRIT is looking for volunteers to...
02/15/2024

Cece & Huckleberry do their best to keep the farm tidy, but they need a little help!

SPIRIT is looking for volunteers to help the following shifts:

Morning horse and farm care: Monday-Friday 7:30-9:30AM
Program support: Monday-Thursday 5-8PM and Saturday 9AM-12PM

please send an email to [email protected] if you’d like to join our team!

Checkout these snowday photos! Thanks to volunteers that found time to help us clear the snow ❄️ We had an unmounted les...
02/07/2024

Checkout these snowday photos! Thanks to volunteers that found time to help us clear the snow ❄️

We had an unmounted lesson the day it was too cold to tack the horses and ride. Sam and Spirit practiced voice cues, Julius showed Evie how to walk over the blue tarp. Renee got some pole practice in, and EALs led a volunteer training session!

🌟EAL spotlight: Meet Katie! ⭐️How long have you been with SPIRIT? “I’ve been riding at SPIRIT since fall 2020 and been a...
01/31/2024

🌟EAL spotlight: Meet Katie!

⭐️How long have you been with SPIRIT? “I’ve been riding at SPIRIT since fall 2020 and been an EAL since summer 2021”

⭐️How did you get started? “I signed up for the beginner lessons at SPIRIT because I had ridden when I was little and wanted to get back into it, after a year I aged out of the program but wanted to stay with SPIRIT to keep working with our horses so I started doing the EAL program”

⭐️ Who is your favorite horse/pony? “Pumpkin”

⭐️ What is your favorite part of being an EAL? “I love seeing how the horses I take care of work with our students”

Thank you Katie for all you do at SPIRIT!

Snow day ponies ❄️
01/25/2024

Snow day ponies ❄️

We are so grateful for our Spirit family - we couldn’t be who we are without our community of volunteers, EALs, students...
01/22/2024

We are so grateful for our Spirit family - we couldn’t be who we are without our community of volunteers, EALs, students and all our families.

Thank you to all who joined us at our appreciation event, and we hope to see you again at our next one!

Do you know who these two are, enjoying a few spilled grains of food? Look closely and guess one or both in the comments...
12/16/2023

Do you know who these two are, enjoying a few spilled grains of food? Look closely and guess one or both in the comments! 🧐

Happy Thanksgiving, from us to you! We are grateful to have such a wonderful community. Do you know the people and horse...
11/27/2023

Happy Thanksgiving, from us to you! We are grateful to have such a wonderful community. Do you know the people and horses in this picture? Say hi in the comments!

11/16/2023

What's a great way to support our program? Donate! Read on to see the causes YOU can contribute to this giving season. No amount is too small. Even if you can't be with us physically, you can make a difference and help us serve the community 💙

💰Capital improvements: For our next project, help bring electricity to our farm for the comfort and safety of all.

👩‍🎓Scholarship: contribute to a key fund that enables our programs to be accessible to everybody

🐎 Horse care: Type the name of the horse with your donation and know that you're helping to cover their care & feeding!

🚜 General support: As a nonprofit, we need your help to cover our daily operating costs

Comment with the cause that you want to hear more about, and we will reply with more info!

Address

@Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, VA
20171

Telephone

+17032614571

Website

http://spiritopenequestrian.blogspot.com/

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