Governmental Guidelines: COVID-19
These last few months have been so important to focus on reducing the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus. HorseAbility is continuing with best practices and best efforts to do our part to contain the farm from the virus while moving towards re-opening our facility gates to programming. Our staff and our horses are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the farm. We have begun to lift our programming suspension slowly and we will continue to do so in the coming weeks as we receive more guidance from the CDC, WHO, and the Government.
HorseAbility’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with special needs through facilitated interactions with horses. HorseAbility offers a wide range of horse-related programs to the community to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well being of its participants. As a leader in the field, HorseAbility is committed to developing programs and engaging with community partners to increase education and implement creative innovation.
HorseAbility is proud to be one of only two Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Centers on Long Island. This prestigious title is awarded to centers that demonstrate excellence in providing quality professional equine-assisted activities. This voluntary process recognizes PATH venters that have met established industry standards. HorseAbility is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status as designated by the Internal Revenue Service.
OUR CORE VALUES
HorseAbility’s core values emanate from being a center of excellence in the important world of equine therapeutic service providers. The predominant ideologies of our center are:
To make a difference, our entire staff understands and embraces these qualities. HorseAbility is a unique blend of compassion, commitment and courage.
HorseAbility’s vision is to be a leader in advancing and implementing continued education, while further developing innovative programming by embracing and sustaining the best business practices in the equine therapeutic industry.
Our long-term view is to partner with our local community to provide hope and opportunity, stimulating positive change in the lives of people.
Our vision for the future is to continue to develop as an educational center that will partner with institutions within the community. We have become more formally affiliated with SUNY College at Old Westbury to offer equine activities that align with their courses, resulting in a new minor curriculum path.
This new program, courses and workshops in conjunction with SUNY are available to college students as well as to our current staff and volunteers, who are interested in a specialized certificate program in the field of Therapeutic Horsemanship and Activities.
HorseAbility is located on the beautiful campus of The College at SUNY Old Westbury. We are situated on 20 acres, boast three outdoor riding arenas, ample paddock space, and a quarter-mile grass track. Our new home is nestled in between sprawling hunt fields and a tranquil golf course. As local history enthusiasts know, the campus of SUNY Old Westbury is the former estate F. Ambrose Clark – industrialist, sportsman, philanthropist, and avid horseman. Although his home, Broad Hollow House, burned down in 1968, the stables remain.
In addition to the acres of grassy turn-outs, forty-three roomy stalls, an enormous hayloft (that can hold 40 tons of hay), heated tack rooms, and indoor wash stalls, there is still space for multiple classrooms and therapy rooms. This facility will allow us to further expand our current programs and increase with new programs. We are currently fundraising to update and renovate the 100 year old, 27,000 square foot building.
The funds raised during the Capital Campaign will help us to further restore and bring new life to the historic stables that make our “Home Sweet Home.” This will help us to expand and broaden our equine-facilitated facility, year-round programming and the unique services we can provide to the special needs community. Visit our donation page to make your contribution. Your support will build the future of HorseAbility.