AWH’s mission is to:
Maximize potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives.
Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve. Two unique aspects of this therapy are the immediacy of response and visibility of its effectiveness across multiple domains (motor, communication, cognitive, social, emotional, self-help, vocational). Predicted on the philosophy that everyone can learn and achieve, the emphasis is on working with those that others feel lack the ability to respond. Most have not responded to traditional forms of therapy and/or education, or are not eligible for other services. Ahead With Horses fills this gap.