Fridays have been super busy at Mane Stream recently!
This spring we hosted 36 Girl Scouts (Juniors & Cadettes) at the farm on 4 different field trips and we have another troop coming on June 15th.
This new program was developed in collaboration with the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey council. We offered the opportunity for local troops of all abilities to visit Mane Stream with the goal of completing either the Junior Horseback Riding badge or the Cadette Animal Helper badge. Junior Girl Scouts earning their Horseback Riding badge at Mane Stream learn horse anatomy, horse care & safety, how to make horse treats, grooming, tacking and took a short riding lesson with our PATH certified instructors. Cadettes working on their Animal Helper badge learn how horses help people emotionally and how they help people with disabilities. Our Coordinator of Therapy Services, Melanie Dominko-Richards MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS, gave a short talk describing how equine assisted therapies benefit our clients in a variety of different ways. Girl Scouts learned about how clients who work with horses and a mental health professional can see a reduction in their stress and anxiety. They also learned about the treatment strategy of hippotherapy and how the horse's movement is utilized by trained OTs, PTs, and SLPs to help clients reach their treatment goals. This group also got to make treats, lead and ride!
The Midland School GS Troop #60884 had a blast!
“Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience for our girls! The girls were so excited to meet the horses up close and personal! The horses were so beautiful and truly amazing! They were so friendly, calm, and patient with our girls. They absolutely loved the whole experience…petting them, grooming them, tacking and untacking, making a horse treat and feeding them, and especially riding them. The instructors and volunteers were all so helpful, caring, and encouraging and went above and beyond to make every girl feel comfortable and confident. It was the first time for 3 of the girls including Sadhika who got to use the cool lift from her wheelchair to the saddle. They were so proud of themselves (and so were we)! The other girls who had ridden before loved showing off their confidence on the horses. Thank you for creating such a wonderful adventure that we will always remember!” Thanks again and you truly had a positive impact on these girls!! The Midland Girl Scouts
We are scheduling troops of all abilities for the fall so if you are interested please contact Jen Dermody at email@example.com. If you'd like to volunteer to help with one of the sessions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.