Horsepower...

...is HEALING power !

Dear Rider & Family, Volunteers & Friends,

SAFETY!


SAFETY for our Riders,


SAFETY for our Volunteers,


and SAFETY for our Horses...


We must consider ALL of those factors as we move forward. To this criterion we cautiously are moving forward with a full slate of proposed dates understanding that things are subject to change.


  • Spring: March 28th--May 23rd (no class April 18th)
  • Summer: June 6th—August 1st (no class July 4th)
  • Fall: August 15th—October 10th (no class Labor Day)

If you are on our riding list you will be receiving forms for our program sometime in January. In the mean time, whether new to our program or returning, you can help the process along by going on the Oakland County 4H website and becoming or renewing you or your rider’s membership. Being a member of 4H is a requirement to ride or volunteer in our program. (This 4H membership comes at no cost to you)
For the process to do this, Click on these links:

https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_4_h_enrollment
https://msu.samaritan.com/custom/502/volunteer_home


IT'S A NEW YEAR !IT'S A NEW YEAR !
ContactContact
To learn more please contact:    
Carol Hilf BOH-PEP Program Coordinator
248-613-5169
carol.hilf@yahoo.com

Deb Morgan, 4H Program Coordinator
248-347-3860, extension 279
morga194@msu.edu

MSU Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

Overview
Overview of the BOH-PEP program

The Oakland County 4H Proud Equestrian Program (PEP) is a therapeutic riding program for people who are mentally and/or physically challenged. It improves physical, social and emotional needs in a recreational setting.

Families and volunteers share the rider’s joy as they accomplish goals and experience success. This shared experience creates a bond among families, their rider, horse and volunteers. This bond we hope lessens the sense of isolation that families often experience.

• Safety is always our number one concern
Improved motor coordination and balance: Riding a horse requires both coordination and balance. Because of this, therapeutic horseback riding improves these areas in students who may otherwise have difficulties due to their disabilities.
 Core Strengthening: The movement of the horse at walk replicates the normal human gait of walking.

BOH-PEP and our instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
BOH-PEP is an Oakland County 4H Youth Development, Michigan State University Extension program. Our primary sponsors are Variety, The Children’s Charity (Tent 5) and the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club.

We are grateful to them and for all the many volunteers that make this valuable, impactful program possible.






At BOH-PEP we aim to provide an environment to support:
  • Safety and accomplishment
  • Learning, attention and listening skills
  • Improved motor coordination and balance
  • Core Strengthening
  • Improved fine motor skills
  • Socialization and group cooperation skills
  • Encouragement, laughter & support
We invite you to check us out! The Oakland County 4H Proud Equestrian Program (PEP) is a therapeutic as well as emotional end recreational program for people who are mentally and/or physically challenged. Bloomfield Open Hunt Proud Equestrian Program (BOH-PEP) is one such club.

Lessons are designed with the individual rider in mind. Lessons support:
  • Improvement of physical and cognitive skills
  • Attention and listening skills
  • Socialization and group cooperation skills
Families and volunteers share the rider’s joy as they accomplish goals, connect with their horses and helpers and experience success. This shared experience creates a bond among families, their rider, horse and volunteers. This bond we hope lessens the sense of isolation that families often experience.

BOH-PEP holds three sessions annually: Spring, Summer and Fall - Mondays, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at:

           the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club
405 E. Long Lake Road at Kensington Road
        Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304




Our programOur program
This program is designed for persons with special needs.

  • Riders have an evaluation as to their specific needs for optimum benefits of participating in the riding program.
  • The age is primarily young children over the age of five, and is also open to ages upward.
  • A physician’s note and recommendation is required.
  • Therapeutic horseback riding improves upon the social skills of people with disabilities who may have difficulty interacting with others.  This improvement starts with the bond that is naturally built between the individual and the horse during the lessons that are given.
  • Horses stimulate the senses in a number of ways that are beneficial for people with certain disorders such as those which fall within the autism spectrum.  The rider’s vision, hearing, sense of touch and smell are all stimulated by the sounds, smells and the feel of the horse itself.  When the horse is in motion, the stimulation is to the student’s tactile senses. This creates both sensory enjoyment and/or appreciation for the act of riding.
“Lessons are designed with the individual rider in mind.”

Under the guidance of our trained instructors, horseback riding provides an excellent form of physical and emotional therapy.

Our main goal is improving our rider’s body function through the movement of the horse.

Along the way, our program nurtures an improved self-image for each rider. This is accomplished through reinforcing existing abilities and challenging riders to strive for greater achievement within the scope of each individual. Even the most reluctant rider soon discovers that horseback riding is fun as well as beneficial. Each lesson consists of riding instruction, exercise and games on horseback. Parents of riders are enthusiastic in describing the physical progress and improved self-confidence in their rider. We feel our students truly benefit in mind, body and spirit. BOH-PEP is NOT just any pony ride!
Who is a good candidate to ride?