The mission of Mane Stride is to create a fun, educational, and therapeutic environment for children and adults with various disabilities by using the horse as a therapeutic tool and treatment strategy. Our goal is to assist our clients in achieving their individual goals.
July 18, 2015
Trot for Tots 5K Race
Kingston of Vermilion
My name is Kelly Aston. When I was sixteen, my life took an unexpected turn. I had a brainstem stroke which resulted in the disconnection of pathways from my brain to my body. My family and I were informed by doctors that I had lost all function of my limbs, breath and speech. They also told us that there was no hope for recovery.
Despite the news we heard, my family and I went to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the #1 hospital in America. While I
was there, many of the pathways in my brain were reconnected. I also made many friends: nurses, therapists, and patients. I was discharged from the RIC in December. Being back at home was a big adjustment for my family.and I. I am currently partaking in physical, occupational and speech therapy at Firelands Regional Medical Center. My dad and I are continuing to practice walking, sitting, standing, and rolling at home. We also use e-stim which stands for electrical stimulation. E-stim is a machine that is connected to pads that can be placed on the area of my skin that is to be activated. E-stim is a very effective system that can be very helpful in my recovery. It was not long before my aunt, who does dressage, recommended hippotherapy. She explained it is horseback riding to help with balance. My dad and I were skeptical at first. But once we found out about the scholarship that would help with expenses we were all in.
Doing hippotherapy is a great decision that I am so happy we made. I have been attending for about three years and I have gotten really close with all the people at the barn. Especially Becky, my physical therapist, Heidi, the helper and Ashley, the horse handler. We always have so much fun and time flies by. Afterward, Becky and I practice walking with the walker. Doing this allows us to see the results of the horseback ride. Often times, they will use different horses to produce different results. For example I usually ride the horse Leah because she has a smooth, relaxing gait. I have recently been riding the horse Sugar, who has a very bouncy gait that gives more input into the muscles. Both give great results.
Saturday, Sept 19
Trot for Tots Time!!!!!.
Be the first to sign up for Trot for Tots, our 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile fun walk on July 18, 2015!!!
Cash Prizes for the 1st finishers in each age group!!!
Download a copy of the registration form located below to sign up early and guarantee yourself a T-shirt and goody bag!!
Join us for summer camps this year!!! We have three themes to choose from, but all will be fun. Choose a week and come have fun!! Click on the link under services to find out the details!!
July 20-23, 2015
The campers will tap into their creative sides while learning all about horses. We will be exploring photography, 3D art, and painting.
August 3-6, 2015
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a veterinarian? Campers will learn about basic first aid, diet and nutrition, TPR (temperature, pulse, and respiration), and much more!
August 10-13, 2015
The World of Horses Week
The horse industry is a busy place! Campers will look into some of the many areas of the horse industry such as jumping, racing, English and Western riding, and reining. We will also learn about horses in literature and the history of horses!