• SPRING 2019 •

Manes & Miracles

at Chaffee Crossing

At Manes & Miracles, we offer equine-assisted therapy to individuals with special needs and Therapeutic Riding to Veterans through our "Equine Services for Heroes Program". We also offer pediatric clinical therapy from birth to age 21. Equine-Assisted Therapy is an animal-assisted therapy to help those with a wide variety of disabilities, providing both emotional and physical therapy for the patient. Equine Therapy has been used to treat both adults and children suffering from autism, seizure disorder, anxiety disorder, learning disorders, brain injury, behavioral problems, and many other physical and emotional disorders.

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Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. It is utilized as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding encompasses a variety of equine activities in which people with disabilities participate. The emphasis is on riding skills development, which has an abundance of benefits for the rider.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy is a skilled treatment method used by occupational therapists and physical therapists to enhance functional abilities. The warm, buoyant water enables the person to feel free and have fun in therapy, in a natural environment! Aquatic therapy is an effective way to address many types of conditions: sensory, neurological, and orthopedic.

Benefits of Equine Therapy

Physical Benefits

Equine Therapy can improve motor coordination, posture, balance, muscle tone, concentration, self-esteem and self-confidence in riders with special needs. Hippotherapy uses a multi-dimensional movement, that is variable, rhythmic and repetitive and provides a dynamic base of support making it an excelling tool for motor skill acquisition. When an individual sits astride a horse, the horse’s walking gait imparts a movement response similar to normal human gait which has an immediate impact on balance, coordination, timing, reaching, grading of postural responses, and physiological function.

Communication Skills

Equine movement has shown to help individuals with speech, language, social and cognitive-communication and swallowing difficulties by corresponding with the brain and sensory system. Incorporating the horse in the client’s treatment can also increase motivation, participation, and engagement in therapy to help the client improve functional skills.  Using the equine movement in an equine environment provides natural opportunities to practice and increase speech sound production, shared/joint attention, vocabulary, understanding, and use of verbal and non-verbal signals prepare and explore new foods and so much more.  Equine-assisted therapy is a great therapy tool used to help the client improve their daily communication needs.   

Emotional Bonds

For those who have emotional problems, caring for the horse can create a bond they didn't even realize was happening. By learning to care for these horses, they associate the care they provide with feelings and an emotional bridge is constructed. They brush them, hug them, and pat them and almost always end up loving them. This bond can lead to social and communication skill production with other people in his life as well.

Our Facility

At Manes and Miracles, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed that integrates the movement of the horse with traditional speech, physical, and occupational therapy treatment strategies to that therapeutic goals are achieved. We will offer a covered arena, a sensory trail, sensory/motor playground, trampolines, swings, zip line, aquatic therapy, and an indoor therapy clinic.


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Our Mission: To provide equine-assisted therapy to people with disabilities and provide an enviornment where opportunity replaces limitation and children and adults learn the power of the words "I can".

Our Vision: The vision of Manes & Miracles is to provide hippotherapy and adaptive riding for 90 - 100 patients weekly in a state of the art researched based therapy facility.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

As a nonprofit organization we rely heavily on the generosity of caring individuals and service groups. Opportunities for volunteering are available and vary from assisting with horses and riders, data entry, odd jobs, helping with special events and fundraising activities, and other things as needed.

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, please contact us using our form or call us at (479)847-5535 Thank you so much for time, we appreciate your kind heart.

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Thank You so Much to All of Our Generous Sponsors!

Learn More about AHA: American Hippotherapy Association

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Manes & Miracles @ Chaffee Crossing
P.O. Box 11828 Fort Smith, AR 72917

(479) 847-5535

Learn more about PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship