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The mission of Nickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses.

Nickers 'N Neighs News & Updates
This Spring is jam packed with lots of exciting events at Nickers 'N Neighs. From the Fundraising Derby Party, to the Highmark Walk, to horses getting Spring shots. Get your latest news here in our Quarterly Newsletter!



Join the party, while helping the center!

Tickets are now available for the 2016 Derby Party Fundraiser. We can't wait to see you!

Purchase your tickets today


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"Hoof it" for Nickers 'N Neighs!

Join us for a 5 K or 1 mi walk on June 11th. The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies.

This year, Highmark Inc. selected Nickers 'N Neighs as one of its charities for the June 11th Johnstown walk.

Highmark Inc. coordinates and underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by our walkers goes to Nickers 'N Neighs!


Volunteer Spotlight

Happy Spring! The change in season means a full lesson schedule at NNNTRC. This is where you come in. We need volunteer help in many capacities, including facility/grounds maintenance, lesson helpers for private lessons, group lessons, classroom & camps and help working/fundraising for special events. Please email becky@kidsonhorses.org to find out how you can help. If you're already a volunteer, please spread the word to friends and family!

Pictured: Volunteer, Kaitlyn Moore with Starlight
Instructor Highlight

As a part-time instructor, Katie Crocker is a new team member at Nickers 'N Neighs. Katie earned a MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavior Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine and is working towards becoming a licensed counselor. Katie has been a horsewoman for over 15 years and is certified through PATH Int'l as both a Registered Level Instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Katie grew up riding English in the hunter/jumper style. Please join us in welcoming Katie as part of the Nickers 'N Neighs family.

Summer Camps

Nickers 'N Neighs is offering two summer camp opportunities. Both camps are open to the community.

Junior Volunteer Camp

June 13-16
(Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Open to campers ages 11-15, who are interested in learning about horses, riding, therapeutic riding and horsemanship. (Must be able to participate in a peer group without additional staff support). Campers will learn the skills needed to volunteer in therapeutic riding lessons. They will have one riding lesson per day. Campers will learn about horses and have fun!

Horse Camp for Individuals with Autism

July 5-11
(Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Open to campers ages 8-15, who are capable of using the bathroom without assistance. Campers will learn horsemanship skills, and will help care for the horses. They will participate in arts, crafts and games. Campers will have one riding lesson per day.



Providing for Our Horses

Spring is here, and the staff at Nickers 'N Neighs is preparing for several visits from our veterinarian. Our horses are vaccinated twice each year, and the majority of these occur in the spring.

Most equine diseases are transmitted from one horse to another either through direct contact, insects, or airborne particles.  Vaccinations do not cure these diseases nor prevent them entirely, but can lessen symptoms in horses who have been exposed. The horses receive these vaccinations over three visits; this minimizes overloading their immune systems, allows us to better isolate symptoms of sensitivity to the vaccine and provides protection when the horse is most likely to be exposed to the virus (ex: we vaccinate for Potomac Horse Fever in May, since it is transmitted by mosquitoes and is rarely seen in early spring).

In addition to spring vaccinations, our horses have a fecal egg count run by the veterinarian to determine if they are harboring any internal parasites. This allows us to tailor our deworming program to the individual horse, and to avoid exposing them to medicines that they do not need.  Each horse also receives a dental check up and has their teeth floated, or filed down, with a dental rasp to prevent any sharp edges from cutting their sensitive mouths.

If you have any questions regarding our veterinary visits or our horses' health care program, feel free to ask Kayla or Kim. They work closely with our veterinarian, equine dentist and farrier to keep our herd healthy, and are always happy to educate guests about the care of our horses.

The horses at Nickers 'N Neighs work very hard for our students, and they need to feel their best inside and out. Please consider sponsoring one of our horses to help provide the veterinary care that they need so that they can help our students achieve their goals.

Nickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center | 724-613-3312 | www.kidsonhorses.org
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