Therapeutic Riding

Equi-librium began in 1982 as Monroe County Riding for the Handicapped. It was started by a small group of dedicated volunteers from Monroe County 4H and the Monroe County Easter Seal Society; it served five children with cerebral palsy and had one instructor. After the merger of Easter Seals of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, the program known as Easter Seal RISE (Riding Instruction for Special Equestrians), serving children in Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties. In the 1980''s and 1990's, programs were conducted throughout the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos at various commercial equestrian centers, utilizing these centers' horses and facilities. The program as Easter Seals RISE grew and diversified, added programs, participants and instructors.

In 2001, Easter Seal RISE became Equi-librium, a 501c-3 non-profit organization serving children and adults in Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Carbon, Pike and surrounding Pennsylvania counties, as well as western New Jersey. Equi-librium now services between 85 and 100 participants per week through seven different equine-assisted programs.

Participants in Equi-librium's programs have conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, social-emotional difficulties, developmental delays, stroke, MS, and visual impairments. Many have multiple diagnoses, and their ages range from 2 to 85.

Equi-librium has three full-time employees, six part-time instructors, four part-time barn assistants, one grounds and facilities maintence person, 15 horses, 2 office cats, and 175 volunteers who provide over 14,000 hours of service each year.

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