Julie donates her services and visits the barn every few weeks to work on their hardest working staff--the horses!
At Giant Steps, we strongly believe that all people can break down barriers to lead richer, more independent lives, regardless of the disabilities or challenges they may face. We have harnessed the therapeutic power of horses since 1998 to help people of all ages overcome their physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and developmental challenges. Since then, the clients we’ve served have represented more than 60 distinct disabilities and challenges as well as members of our military.
At times, people come to Giant Steps for more than therapy. They also want an enjoyable, social activity and a place to connect with others. Programs we offer range from mounted therapeutic riding classes to ground equine facilitated learning lessons that help clients improve their physical strength and also enhance their emotional and social capabilities. Over the years we have experienced many stories of transformation, seen our clients become physically stronger, more socially engaged, and emotionally aware. This is what drives us.
Beyond our quality programming, Giant Steps is also about community. We work to create a safe space where people can come and share their experiences with other families. It’s a place where, regardless of the disabilities or challenges people may be experiencing, they have the opportunity to bond with our horses, our dedicated instructors and volunteers, and other like-minded people who are all championing for their success. Here, one person’s success is a success for the entire Giant Steps community.
Julie volunteers her time with the Milo Horse Rescue https://milohorserescue.com Working with horses that have been abused mentally or physically. Massage is both restorative and preventative. It assists in restoring functions lost due to strain or injury so the horse can function optimally. I really enjoy working with horses that are afraid of humans and have "stranger danger". Massaging and placing my hands on them is healing which allows them to trust us, thrive and to lead happy and peaceful lives once again.