Support Our Sponsors
“Horses never understand goodbye. They never whinny when you leave, unless they are still hungry, but most of them will say hello. We decided, as a family, that the best way to embrace and share the memory of our 2 beautiful Morgan horses was to give a memorial fund in their honor to the Shane Center. Here was an amazing opportunity for my great horses to say, “hello” to many new riders and to possibly spread that same sense of freedom I once felt. We are honored to give this donation to help such a wonderful organization.” Owner of Baron & Ashley
The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship’s relies heavily on the many volunteers who dedicate their time helping from week to week. In addition to the volunteers, The Shane Center welcomed three new interns for the spring and summer session! Katie Luciano, Ian Coburn and Krystina Carter are all students at The Ohio State University and are in the process of completing their undergraduate degrees in Animal Science.
We are very proud to announce that Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc. has changed its name AND has achieved international accreditation through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). PATH has been a global authority, resource, and advocate for equine assisted activities and therapies since 1969.
In my experience, most animals have their own unique personalities. Not all of them are extroverts like my childhood horse Shane was, but they all have something special to offer. Different horses bond with different students, just as the students bond with different horses. All of my horses have a place in my heart, but there’s one in particular who really stands out.
When times get a little tough, as they are right now for many people, it’s more important than ever to hold on to our dreams of the future. Here at the farm, we’ve had both challenges and triumphs over the last few years. The important thing is to never lose sight of the kids our therapeutic programs serve. Thinking of the impact riding has on their lives fills me with hope that this farm won’t just survive, but thrive.
There’s a special garden here to mark the final resting place of my childhood horse named Shane. He came into my life when I was nine years old and stayed in it for about 36 years. During that time, he taught me just about everything I needed to know about horses. Most importantly, he showed me how to be brave and listen when he had something to communicate.
We are one year shy of our 20th anniversary at Equine Assisted Therapy, and it amazes me how far we’ve come. We started with little more than a barn full of junk and a house to raise our newborn in. Over time this farm has grown to become a product of the community. I always envisioned that this program would grow large enough to be self-sustaining, but I never imagined the family of volunteers, students and staff that have helped the farm survive.
When I was very young, when the grown-ups would ask: “What do you want to do when you grow up?” my first answer was that I wanted to be a vet. I knew even then that I wanted to do something that made a difference – and of course I loved horses. One of my earliest memories is of tagging along with my mom when she took riding lessons, pestering her with, “I wanna ride! I wanna ride!”