His Mountaintop Ministries, therapeutic/Adaptive Horsemanship is a non-profit organization created to bring joy to the lives of children and adults who suffer from physical, emotional, and/or mental disabilities.
We have developed a riding center in Northern California in which special needs kids and adults receive exciting therapeutic riding so that the horses may bring them health and happiness. Our “ministry of horse therapy” mission is to serve the disabled and special needs child/adult: mind, body and spirit. Our services are offered at a minimal fee, and some day, there will be no cost to their families or caregivers.
The connection between horses and disabled kids is awe inspiring. To see a child’s face light-up with a smile when saddled on a horse brightens the whole world around them. The physical and mental healing that transpires between the rider and the horse cannot be measured. The depth of the joy in a child’s heart can only be compared to the brightness of their smile. As such, our kids and their families will enjoy a “playtime” and relaxed atmosphere so that they feel as far away from clinics, hospitals and doctors as possible. For children who cannot travel to our center, like those that are house-bound or in cancer wards, we will take our mobile units to them so that they too can benefit from our services.
His Mountaintop Ministries office is located in Lincoln, CA, approximately 25 miles north of Sacramento. Our riding facility is located just outside Lincoln, CA.
The need for services aimed at helping disabled kids and their families continues to grow. According to the International Center for Disability, there are over five and a half (5.5) million children in California alone between the ages of five (5) to fifteen (15) with sensory, physical, mental, and/or self-care disabilities. Moreover, the Census Bureau on Disabilities approximates that several thousand children a year are added to these numbers. Unquestionably, these children deserve the opportunity to lead healthier, happier lives.
Our services are aimed at special needs and disabled children/adults; there disabilities will include sensory, neurological, emotional, and/or physical. Initially, most of our visitors will emanate from Northern California and have varied economic backgrounds; we hope families from all over the state and country will want to visit us.
At this time there is a nominal cost for these therapy sessions, and hopefully in time there will be no cost to the parents, hospitals or foster homes for these services. Far too many families with disabled children cannot afford activities such as we have proposed, and so they go without. As stated earlier, we desire for every handicapped child to be able to experience the fun and healing of horse therapy – a lofty goal perhaps, but our goal nonetheless.