Community Has a Heart for Carousel Ranch
Saturday’s 20th annual Heart of the West fundraiser was a sell-out as hundreds of supporters returned to Carousel Ranch in Agua Dulce for a full evening of fun and entertainment.
Highlight of the event – which included live music from Rebel Heart, silent and live auctions with two puppies and and an after-party poker game – was a demonstration showcasing the amazing work Carousel Ranch does to improve the lives of special-needs children and young adults through equestrian therapy.
Carousel Ranch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing developmental therapeutic and recreational programs for disabled and disadvantaged children through horses. Established in July 1997, this exciting concept in equestrian therapy combines vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) and therapeutic riding (both English and Western), resulting in an exceptional goal orientated program for special needs children.
The goals and benefits are different for every child, depending on their individual needs. The movement of the horse causes an inherent response from the child, relaxing muscles that are tight, increasing tone in muscles that are weak, building balance, coordination and control, which in turn enables children to use hands and arms, sit, stand and walk.