At BEAMING, we transform lives through equine partnerships. Through interaction and connection with horses, our program participants are able to learn, heal and grow, empowering them to improve their physical, mental and emotional health.
We embrace diversity, we promote inclusion and we celebrate those with diverse abilities. The BEAMING Barn is a safe, nonjudgmental community gathering space where all are welcome.
> BEAMING is an acronym for Building Equine Assisted Mobility Into New Growth.
> Our programs serve community members ages 4+ with physical, cognitive andemotional disabilities. We also serve those who have survived trauma, including individuals and families who have overcome cancer and other crises. We welcome everyone to the BEAMING Barn for special events.
> Our Equine Support Programs include:
• Diverse Abilities Support: Partners in Riding (school groups), Saddle Up for Success and Dragons in Flight (individual lessons), Autism Camps and Pony Power AcademyEquine-Assisted Learning (EAL) Children’s Literacy Program
• Dementia Support: Riding in the Moment, Equine-Assisted Memory Cafés and Steady Strides for Parkinson’s
• Teen Support: LAUNCH, Hold Your Horses Teen Camps, and CANTER (Community Arts Network for Teens Empowering Resilience)
• Trauma Support: RideStrong
• Veterans Support: Horses, Hearts & Heroes
• Women’s Support: Women’s Empowerment Series
• Special Events: Red, White & Blue Day, BBQ & Bingo, BOOfest, Santa at the Barn & more!
> BEAMING is the second in the nation to offer the evidence-based Riding in the Moment™ program, which we developed in conjunction with UW-Madison.
> BEAMING is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is primarily funded by grants and corporate and individual donations.
> BEAMING was founded in 2004 and is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.
> We embrace diversity, we promote inclusion and we celebrate those with diverse abilities. The BEAMING Barn is a safe, nonjudgmental community gathering space where all are welcome.
Equine-assisted services refers to traditional riding or adaptive riding activities conducted by a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructor. The participant must continuously contract and relax muscles to re-balance, which ultimately improves core strength, flexibility, and balance.
For individuals with learning or mental disabilities, riding compels them to increase concentration, patience, and discipline. If a psychological or emotional disability is present, the unique relationship formed with a horse can help improve interpersonal relationships as well. Here are some other advantages of equine services:
Studies have found that horses mimic the movements of the human gait. As a result, riding a horse can stimulate the muscles a person uses to walk that otherwise would not have been stimulated.
Pre and post functional improvement measures are evaluated to assess participant improvements, as well as the completion of satisfaction surveys by parents and caregivers of participants. Average improvements were calculated in the 6 following areas: