Through the invaluable service of our SMART horses and the wide range of programs offered, our therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning impacts every life we touch.
A child labeled as non-verbal speaks his first words, a young person develops sufficient leg strength to walk independently, an at-risk young lady develops the courage to apply for her first job, and a veteran learns to cope with anxiety and fear in a relaxed setting. These and other victories transfer to our riders in lasting and meaningful ways.
Thirty-three percent of our riders participate through scholarships or financial assistance. Your support of SMART will give these, and all our, participants the opportunity to learn, socialize and gain greater independence in a safe, therapeutic environment.
Equine-assisted activities teach transferable skills that can be used in daily life, and by partnering with our horses, riders also learn important lessons about caring, teamwork and empathy.
SMART’s mission is “Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.” In March of 2020, we celebrate 33 years of mission MAGIC: over 27,162 therapeutic riding/driving hourly lessons, 8,374 Equine-Assisted Learning hours and special program service hours to over 4300 individuals. Your support has been invaluable, but our work isn’t done.
Please consider making a gift to SMART by visiting our website www.smartriders.org, calling the office at (941)-322-2000, or mailing to 4640 CR 675 E, Bradenton, FL 34211.
YOU can help ensure these life-changing, teachable moments continue to happen!