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We sincerely appreciate the kind words that our participants choose to share with us here. If you are a current or former participant or volunteer from any of our therapeutic programs at Haku Baldwin Center, and you’d like to share your experience with us, send your comments via email to: hbcriding@gmail.com.

Some portions of the testimonials have been edited for privacy, upon request.

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“[My son] looks forward to his sessions and will ask about them throughout the week. The staff is always friendly, positive, engaging and professional. In the past year I have seen my son go from sign language to talking. A year and a half ago he wouldn’t even ride the horses. Now he asks me when we are going to see Apache and tells me that the horses live in Makawao. I am thrilled that he has the opportunity this program provides. I enjoy the relaxing time as much as my son likes to spend with the horses. I love seeing the smiles on the faces of all the kids as they anticipate their turns and the positive feedback from other parents and caregivers. Thank you all for your time, energy and support of the animals and kids!” | Parent of a Therapeutic Riding Program participant, July 2014

“I have a boy and a girl both benefiting from the horse therapy program. I notice my Son’s attention span and focus increase over the years that he’s attended horse therapy. My Daughter gains transition experience, the horse for her is a great motivation. I see her shifting and cooperating with the skills introduced to her. I like the sense of pride and accomplishment they have after a session. I like to see the joy in their faces when they trot. I also like to see the connection to the therapy horse that they make, when they end the session with a “thank you” and a pat.” | Parent of a Therapeutic Riding Program participant, July 2014

“Eve is 7 years old. She has a degenerating neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her muscles are dying. When Eve rides Saint, she smiles ear to ear and has a gleam in her eyes. There is no cure for SMA but I can tell you that when Eve first started riding Saint, she was not as strong or confident. When she would trot with Saint, she was very floppy, head bouncing… Now, about a year later, Eve and Saint trot with great form as Eve holds one hand in the air! (How’s that for “no treatment or cure”?!) She loves to laugh about the time she was telling Saint goodbye and thank you, and he sneezed on her 🙂 We continuously look forward to this special time every week where Eve can shine as she does when she is riding Saint. Mahalo nui for this program and being a part of such a tremendous positive impact on our lives.” | Parent of a Therapeutic Riding Program participant, August 2014

“Even though we have not been able to participate in this past session, I am incredibly grateful that HBC offers therapy sessions to Veterans. While actively in sessions, I found that I was able to overcome certain stressful events because I had something to look forward to each week. I enjoyed working with Apache and miss him dearly. I find the bond that comes from simply grooming, learning to communicate, or even just bringing my horse a treat every week is amazing therapy. It didn’t matter how many times I faltered, Apache was always willing to give me another chance. During the program I found myself saying “I just need my horse.” No matter how upset I would get, I knew I could see Apache on Thursdays and that would make my week so much better. Thank you all for having us!” (Samantha, 31, Army) | Horsemanship for Veterans Program participant, July 2014

“I am most grateful for the opportunity to have participated in a couple rounds of the Horsemanship for Veterans Program at HBC. The time I spent with Mochi was precious beyond words. And the horsemanship skills available to be learned from Sarah and other staff are exceptional. We are indeed privileged to have this opportunity, and I look forward to future opportunities to participate. Thank you Sarah and Haku Baldwin Center for making this available to us.” (Larry Koss) | Horsemanship for Veterans Program participant, July 2014

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