Endeavor provides a spectrum of integrated programs, serving the evolving needs of riders and their families, including recreational sport, clinical services, and programs focused on growth and learning. Endeavor provides a wide scope of fun filled activities and empowering experiences to participants of all ages and their families.
Equine Assisted Activities and Learning (EAAL)
Therapeutic horseback riding is a recreational and sport-based activity that focuses on learning riding skills. The therapeutic benefits from horseback riding can include physical, cognitive, emotional and social improvements.
Reflective of Endeavor’s commitment to inclusion, able-bodied siblings of Endeavor participants are invited to join in all aspects of program. Fostering confidence, respect and a lot of joy, the Sibling Program offers meaningful benefits for family members and the family unit as a whole.
Ground Horsemanship Program
Ground horsemanship program utilizes equine-assisted activities to enhance learning and development. An individualized plan will be developed for ground participants focusing on horse husbandry skills including, but not limited to: communication, grooming, tacking, and healthcare.
Veteran and Service Member Programs
We are proud to offer equine assisted activities and therapies to Service members, Veterans, and their families free of charge.
Endeavor partners with residential facilities and day programs to provide Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.
Equine Assisted Learning
Endeavor partners with local school districts to integrate learning themes with the sensory rich environment of the farm.
Includes ground horsemanship skills, daily riding, games, crafts, and activities that center around the horse. Endeavor offers a series of inclusive camps that are open to people with and without special needs.
Field Trips, Birthday Parties and Special Events
By request, Endeavor can provide a wide range of personalized field trips for school outings, recreational groups, local businesses or residential facilities, and birthday parties or special events for currently enrolled participants. Endeavor can create an itinerary based on members of participants, age range, and goals for the trip. The cost is dependent upon the group and chosen activities.
Endeavor welcomes individuals with special needs, who are a minimum age of 14, to volunteer around the farm and facility with a job coach. Tasks assigned are ability-appropriate, and include, but are not limited to: cleaning tack, raking, cleaning water buckets/troughs, sweeping, painting, picking stalls, etc. Vocational Volunteers learn the responsibility of caring for horses and a farm, and how to efficiently and effectively complete tasks.
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Endeavor utilizes several different models of EAP to address mental health, including EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association). Also referred to as Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential process in which a licensed mental health professional works with a credentialed equine specialist to partner with equine(s) to address personal therapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client.
Physical therapists using Hippotherapy are utilizing the unique multidimensional movement of the horse to facilitate changes in the participants. The movement is rhythmic and repetitive in nature, thus providing a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk control and strength, balance, postural control and endurance, as well as weight bearing and motor planning. The therapist is able to manipulate various aspects of the horse’s gait and movements, the participant’s position on the horse, the therapeutic tack and types of activities/interventions to generate and promote functional outcomes.
Speech and Language Therapy
Hippotherapy uses equine movement to accomplish traditional speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing goals. Carefully modulated, well cadenced equine movement offers a highly effective means of addressing speech and language deficits through facilitation of the neurophysiological systems that support speech and language function. Equine movement improves postural control, sensory systems and motor planning in order to facilitate coordination and timing, modulation, respiratory control, sensory integration and attention. Sensory integration via hippotherapy simultaneously addresses the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual, kinesthetic, olfactory, and auditory systems. And it’s fun!
“Endeavor has given my son a place to feel happy, comfortable, and accepted. For the first time, he looks forward to participating, engaging, and learning. For the first time, he feels connected and successful at something. As a mother, watching the anxiety and self doubt melt away from my son as he walks into Endeavor, has been an indescribable feeling. We are so grateful.” - Parent of Ground Program participant
"It is hard to gather the words to capture the Equine Program you provided to the veterans from the VA in Montrose from June-November 2016. From the day of inception, you all went out of your way to accommodate any needs we had. I knew from the initial phone call I had that all was going to be ok. That wasn’t even close to describe what happened each week. For the entire 6 months miracles happened for every vet who had the gift of Endeavor. Vets were having feelings/thoughts they didn’t know how to deal with while involved in the program. They were crying, laughing, struggling, trying, etc with the gift of the horses being there to help them through whatever was going on at the time. And they all came through with life altering experiences that they are still talking about.
You all were an integral part of this positive therapeutic program. And for that, I and the vets are forever grateful. " - Amy Hahn, CTRS, Recreation Therapist at Montrose VA Facility
"Endeavor has been an amazing experience for our son. After many years of trying traditional therapy, we have finally found an effective therapy in Endeavor's equine-assisted therapy program. Everyone at Endeavor is welcoming, nurturing, and compassionate. Our son loves working with the animals, and he is growing socially and emotionally right before our eyes! Thank you, Endeavor!" - Parent of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy participant
"I wanted to reach out to you and really reiterate how grateful I am that I found you!!! Jane has thoroughly enjoyed riding during the week and "neigh neigh camp" was a tremendous hit!! I know how safe she feels with you and in your program and that peace of mind is worth an enormous amount.
Please extend my gratitude to all that work there and especially to your volunteers. You are doing an amazing job." - Parent of Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Riding participant
“ Saturday was a truly lovely event. Endeavor looked magical. The kids were all proud and confident and happy. The parents, grandparents, friends, family - well, we were all able to relax and bask in the glow of it all. I know that you realize that this feeling is not all that common for us. The parents that took the flight to “Holland” (if you know that poem). We have scaled mountains, forged rivers, picked thru icebergs, often alongside others - where we could take comfort/vent/cry/laugh/compare stories. But going to a “Horse Show” - well - that sounds like a regular “day out”.
Last Saturday was a "regular"/"typical" day out - but it was far, far BETTER. You made dreams come true. Every smile, photograph, laugh - well - it took my breath away. So I want to say "thank you" for all that you do for our kids, for my kids. " - Trish Minskoff, parent of Therapeutic Riding participant
“I want to begin by saying thank you! Thank you for giving me a chance to meet you and the wonderful staff at Endeavor. This experience was nothing short of remarkable in every way. Your team provided exceptional care and knowledge on all your horses and the program as to how it relates to PTSD and Addiction with Veterans. It was because of this program I was able to really see my strengths and weaknesses come to light.
I am a 13 year Veteran with 3 Combat tours to Iraq, to include Baghdad, Kirkuk, and Tikrit. During my time in Iraq, I was awarded 3 Purple Hearts and a Bronze star of Valor for my actions that took place. It was because of these wounds that I held away from people and tried to not get close to anyone or anything.
Endeavor changed all that! When I was there with the horses, I had to learn to be mindful, calm, steady, and smooth when dealing with the horses. We never got to learn the horse’s trauma, but we did get to learn their pain as they did ours. I wanted to learn everything about the horses, their fears, hopes, and struggles. But true to your word I was stopped in my tracks from getting information “Even though I tried really hard”. But that’s the beauty in this program. It makes you look deep inside of yourself and that other opponent and see what’s making you both tick.
Working with Pearl, I was able to learn more than just words but feelings too. As I worked beside her I could feel her every move, every breath, and every gaze. Now I’m not too sure about most but when she looked into my eyes I felt as though she could see into my very soul. I learned how pain locked us and understanding of what’s around made us. Her and I were creatures of many levels and thanks to her I was able to breathe and clear my mind.
For a combat Veteran, it’s not easy to do this and it can often be a struggle. Endeavor allowed this to happen, you made this happen. I am truly grateful for you and your staff and if there is anything I can ever do for you or your program, please let me know. You all are in my thoughts and I truly won’t forget about this.. I believe this program can help anyone who it touches and is a fantastic tool for a Veteran’s recovery…” - S.E., US Army Veteran, Veterans Program participant