We offer a variety of programs to serve the diverse populations of the Fox Valley community and beyond. We specialize in facilitating life-changing horse experiences for children, adults and seniors with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities. The BEAMING Barn is a welcoming, uplifting space focused on inclusion, learning, and growing through equine-assisted services. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our programs, please reach out to us! View program and events dates and times on our calendar here.
Partners in Riding
In collaboration with area school districts, BEAMING works with special education personnel to identify students that will potentially benefit from BEAMING’S adaptive physical education and equine experiences. This is a six-week, spring/fall partnership serving elementary and middle school age students with differing abilities.
Saddle Up for Success
BEAMING offers private rides to groups of 4-5 riders of similar age and ability, ages 5 to adult. Rider challenges may include, but are not limited to autism, cognitive development, visual impairments, hemiplegia and/or degenerative central nervous system disorders. Participants are exposed to grooming, riding and 30 minute off-lesson.
Riding in the Moment
BEAMING is the second in the nation to offer Riding in the Moment (RIM). Developed in conjunction with UW-Madison, RIM is an evidence-based program that improves the quality of life for seniors living with early- to moderate-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.
Participants groom, pet, walk and ride horses, listen to horses’ heartbeats, make and feed horse treats, and watch horse demonstrations. In addition to giving residents the opportunity to interact with horses, we also provide educational activities, mind-body emotions exercises and hands-on projects, such as planting flowers, making crafts, or creating artwork.
BEAMING staff helps assist participants with answers to questions and demonstrate physical exercises to encourage participation.
Life enrichment staff have shared with us that our RIM program is something their residents ask about and look forward to, and that the experiences help them with socializing while exercising their minds and bodies. Many residents even share memories that rise to the surface of growing up on farms and with horses.
Special Education personnel from area school districts send us some of their most troubled students who tend to be outside the mainstream of their peer group. Launch has the ability to impact the increasing mental health crisis with our teen population in the Fox Valley. The hands-on nature of this unique and effective mentoring program addresses basic skills essential for managing conflict, utilizing effective coping skills, developing positive social skills, and learning to engage in healthy self-care. BEAMING has been extremely successful in changing the attitudes and self-image of these teens. This program lasts 28-30 weeks.
Horses, Hearts & Heroes
BEAMING began offering this important program in summer 2010 – we are honored to provide equine-assisted activities to area veterans. In 2019, we added police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, EMS dispatchers, etc. Riders, side-walkers, and horse handlers involved in this program are primarily veterans which makes this a one-of-a-kind program in the region, with therapeutic riding lessons conducted by PATH-certified instructions.
Objectives: improves self-esteem, coping with civilian life and stressors, improving physical, social and behavioral skills though therapeutic horseback riding. Riders have a range of diagnoses including but not limited to amputations, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
Hold Your Horses Teen Camps
Hold Your Horses teen camps are geared toward helping teens to hold their emotions in check before acting or reacting. Participants learn the skills to stop, think, listen, then act resulting in making better choices, improving mental health, and forming healthier relationships. This camp is free of charge.
BEAMING has offered Autism Camps to individuals in the Fox Valley since 2015 with excellent results. Camp is held annually in the summer with two week-long sessions. The physical benefits of riding are undeniable for children with autism. Different sensory receptors are stimulated and children learn to move in new and exciting ways. Together with the emotional and cognitive benefits of equine assisted therapies, riding provides benefits to the whole individual, including body, mind and spirit.
Women's Empowerment Series
This is an opportunity to visit the BEAMING horses and to connect with other women in search of solace, strength and community. Hear local women speak on their experiences with finding hope and empowerment.
Equine-Assisted Memory Cafés
We welcome community members with early- to moderate-stage dementia, Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss and their caregivers to the BEAMING Barn by hosting regularly scheduled Equine-Assisted Memory Cafes. These hands-on horse experiences offer participants and their families a chance to bond with horses and socialize with others in nature.
We host many special events throughout the year to welcome our community to the BEAMING Barn, including Red, White & Blue Day to honor local heroes; BOOfest at Halloween for the kids; and Santa’s visit to the farm every December. We also travel with our horses to off-site events in the community. Check our Facebook Events page for the most up-to-date days and times of our special events. We hope you can join us!
In memory of BEAMING’s beloved friend and dedicated horse, Owen’s Ovation Scholarship was created to provide need-based financial support to our participants. As a BEAMING horse, Owen participated in our weekly lesson programs, school programs, horse shows, Camp FILTER, and our Horses, Hearts, and Heroes program.
We lost Owen in September of 2016 and he left behind a legacy of life changing service, compassion, trust, and integrity which we are honored to carry out in all our BEAMING programs. Owen’s scholarship helps families in need of financial assistance, so their children can participate and benefit from our equine programs.
Please join us as we honor Owen’s legacy to continue Changing Lives One Ride at a Time.
Click here to apply for this scholarship.
Click here to donate to the scholarship.
Completed applications must be returned via:
Mail: PO Box 524
Neenah, WI 54957-052