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Horses for Handicapped Foundation of Pinellas County, Inc.

This Horses for Handicapped program is a Kiwanis Florida Division 13 supported project which was started for the purpose of promoting and teaching recreational horseback riding to the handicapped.

Horseback riding is widely recognized as one of the most beneficial forms of recreational therapy disabled persons can receive. It develops self awareness, builds self-confidence, improves concentration and discipline. Horseback riding also improves posture, balance, and coordination as well as increasing joint mobility and core stabilization.

The child's spirits soar as he/she react to the new sensation of being on a height above others. They become aware that, for the first time, they can be mobile and independent of others and mechanical aids. The horse is their "equalizer" and they are performing just as others do.

The Horses for Handicapped was founded by the late Gene Harris in ~1981 as a Kiwanis project when he approached Girl Scout/4-H leader Mary Urquhart with his idea. To this day, we operate strictly on volunteer staff made up of community members from various organizations including Kiwanis, Girl Scouts, 4-H as well as many others, and we depend on donations from the community. We serve over 75 riders and horse lovers each week.

We are located in west central Pinellas County in the city of Seminole, FL.



No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.

~ Abraham Lincoln



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