Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc.

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Our Services and Fees

Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc. is a registered Not-For-Profit organization so why do we charge fees for services? What do lesson fees cover? Lesson fees get distributed to help cover our operational costs. Our therapy horses costs approximately $6,500 each per year to care for.

"Most of us are well versed on guide dogs and many of us are familiar with the work of assistance animals. However, the role of the therapy horse tends to be less understood. This incredible animal uses a multifaceted and dynamic role in the therapeutic riding / equine therapy stable - enhancing the quality of life for hundreds of people during the course of its career. Few equines have "jobs" with as profound an effect on humans as therapy horses. Helping people with physical rehabilitation, social skills and self-esteem... these are all part of the therapy horses job description. More than just a "job" treats are important, but it takes more than apples to keep a therapeutic riding horse happy and healthy." NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) communications director Kay Marks explains. "Horses are the most important resource any centre has," she says. "They must always be treated as partners in the therapeutic process, not as a tool to be used".

Lesson fees cover only a portion of our expenses which include instructor fees, facility and maintenance costs, feed, veterinary and farrier care, insurance, professional fees and association memberships, continuing education, legal, administrative, safety equipment and marketing costs. The real cost for us to provide a 30 minute lesson is over $50. We try to keep our fees reasonable by subsidizing 50% of the actual costs through fundraising and donations.

Payments can be made by cash, electronic transfer through email: walkaboutpps@hotmail.ca, cheque made payable to Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc., or by mail to: c/o Jennifer Semach, 1016 Prentiskoka Heights, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0.

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Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc.

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Base Fees and Services

Therapeutic riding (group session): $25 per 45 minutes
Therapeutic riding (private session), includes groundwork: $45 per hour
Therapeutic horsemanship: $40 per hour
Pure Joy lead line trail rides: $20 per 30 minutes
Life skills / work skills training in horse care and stable management for those with development delays or youth at risk (private): $60 per hour with government subsidy-funding available through the Aston Family Foundation.
Equine assisted learning (group): $80 per 1 1/2 hours (certified guest instructor dependant on her availability)
Non-participant riding lessons: no longer available
Respite services (private): $50 per hour with government assistance available
Youth outreach programming: A free service compliments of the John Martin Memorial Fund
Group excursions: up to 6 - 12 participants: $12 each per hour with a 2 hour minimum
Farm visits: no charge but an appointment is necessary.
Registered with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.

A Bit More About Our Programs

Therapeutic Riding Program:
Walkabout Farm tailors its sessions for participants to achieve their physical, occupational and emotional goals. Participants would typically be walking with assistance, trail riding, some trotting and possibly jumping. An individualized treatment plan will be developed with lead instructor and business owner, Jennifer Semach, and the participant's health care team. Participants will be evaluated on the progress of their goals at intake, mid-session, and upon program completion. Occupational and physiotherapists are most welcome to participate with their clients and the lead instructor in a collaborative session.

Youth Outreach Program:
Strengthening character, resiliency and self awareness in the leaders of tomorrow. Building on a foundation of mental wellness, healing and personal growth for youth at risk from factors like anxiety, mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, bullying.. while nurturing a safe and welcoming environment on a working therapeutic and emotional support horse farm. Some of our goals for these kids are a reduction of social / socioeconomic isolation, appropriate peer interactions, building strong leadership qualities, confidence, volunteerism and improved self esteem. Youth will be working with children with special needs, and horses rescued from slaughter for rehabilitation.

Work Skills Training Program:
Working with and alongside adults with developmental delays and those who are abled differently, providing training in positive workplace interactions, horse care and stable management. A passport funding initiative.

Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc.

Financial Assistance and Scholarship Opportunities

We have limited funds through the AFF to provide partial and full financial assistance to those with demonstrated need. Fund availability varies throughout the year and is not guaranteed. Preference will be given to clients who participate year-round and / or have not previously applied for assistance.

It is part of our mission to make our services available and affordable to all applicants accepted into the program regardless of their financial need. This is only possible through the generosity of supporters to the John Martin Memorial Fund, corporate grants, private foundations and community fundraising throughout the year. As our ridership grows, and economic conditions remain difficult, limited scholarship funds must be spread over a greater number of participants. We strive to assist as many riders as possible. Financial assistance is available subject to existing funds availability and is awarded in the form of credit towards tuitition. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contribute at least 50% of the billable fee per rider. For-profit events like wedding ceremonies, photo shoots, equestrian clinics, boarding, etc contribute to the overall care of our herd and operational expenses. Our goal is to operate a sustainable not for profit organization.

For Potential Donors

Gifts can be made to the John Martin Memorial Fund or Community Living Trent Highlands in an amount or given as Special Recognition Awards that celebrate and memorialize the contributions or attributes of a particular WFTRA supporter or participant. For information on donating, please visit our Contact & Donate page.

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