Meet Emily

Emily has been riding horses off and on since she was five years old. Now 25, Emily joins Therapeutic Riding Instructor Ciana Dodgion for weekly sessions on her favorite horse, Sparky.

Diagnosed with autism, anxiety, and OCD, Emily is a very motivated rider and does her best when expectations are clearly outlined. Her favorite activity on horseback is to solve puzzles.

Emily is very active. In addition to horseback riding, Emily is a wonderful swimmer and also loves to volunteer. Her therapeutic riding goals include to improve her posture and balance, build strength, improve attention for tasks, follow directions, improve muscle coordination, socialize, and improve her horsemanship and general enjoyment. She loves Sparky because of his bouncy trot, and will be the first one to request to, “trot, please!” During her last session, Emily successfully rode frontwards and backwards, completing all of her stretches— even at a trot! She also completed an entire lap of the arena balancing an egg on a spoon. Most of all, she was smiling and giggling the entire time.

We look forward to posting updates about Emily and her progress with Sparky.

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You’re Making a Difference

We serve children, individuals, and families referred to us through the Elbert County Department of Human Services, Denver Social Services, Heads Up Colorado, Denver Health Medicaid, and word of mouth.

Over 85% of the families that we work with have severe economic challenges and we try our best not to turn a family away due to lack of finances. With the increase of therapy provided and the increase in therapy horses and rescue horses taken in by EPP, your donation makes a huge impact.

No amount is too small--- our miniature pony Bubbles eats about $2 a day in hay and grain. A $45 donation helps offset the costs of therapy for one of our children for a week. You don't have to make a huge gesture to make a huge impact for our organization.