As of 2016, Allied Forces Foundation is developing a working relationship with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, NY, with a view to crafting specific programs for injured warriors and wounded families. Fundraising initiatives will be created in support of these programs.
Pegasus is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center with four chapters throughout Putnam, Westchester and Fairfield counties, including Pegasus Farm, a 20-acre permanent facility in Brewster, N.Y. PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) establishes industry standards for program safety, instructor training and certification, and insurance provisions.
PATH International-certified instructors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and licensed educators provide equine-assisted activities to people with special needs, military veterans and at-risk individuals, including disadvantaged youth and abuse survivors. Serving more than 300 students ages four and up each year, Pegasus offers therapeutic horseback riding, Horses & Me (an unmounted program), Pegasus Patriots for veterans and Wings for at-risk individuals.
Therapeutic riding can produce remarkably improved mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language development, behavior control and concentration. Lessons include instruction in basic riding skills as well as opportunities for social interaction, recreation, sport, therapy, and work with developmental concepts.
Horses & Me activities take place during unmounted sessions in the barn and/or arena. Students progress through sequenced activities adapted to their abilities. Lesson topics may include grooming, equine nutrition and first aid, ground training, basic equine anatomy, and how to tack up and lead a horse.
Pegasus Patriots and Wings are highly customized blends of the Horses & Me and therapeutic riding programs, based on the needs and goals of the participants.
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.