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Born 2 Be TEC provides safe and affordable therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving programs to children and adults with disabilities. We are located in Pilot Point, Texas, north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Our center is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l (PATH) Member Center and our instructors are all PATH certified in riding, driving or both.
 

Our Mission: 
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to providing the opportunity for individuals to become all they were Born 2 Be through a partnership with the horse.

Who We Serve:
We serve children and adults who’s disabilities may include

• Cerebral Palsy
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Intellectual Disability
• Down Syndrome
• Autism
• Developmental Disability
• Visual & Hearing Impaired
• Brain Injury

 
Click here to download and print the Born 2 Be Paticipant Application
 
What We Do:
Through exercises such as relay races, obstacle courses and ring toss, riders learn right-left discrimination, sequencing, language development and cooperation while enjoying a pleasurable experience that increases self-esteem, concentration and confidence. 

Helen Thomson once said that “in riding a horse we borrow freedom”. Every week our students borrow freedom from their walkers and their wheelchairs. The horse gives them legs. The horse gives them a 3-dimensional movement that mimics human walking gait – movement that is difficult to duplicate in a clinical setting.

For individuals with disabilities, equine-assisted activities have been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being. Therapeutic carriage driving is unique in that it offers people who cannot, or choose not to, ride the opportunity to participate in an equine activity. Driving a horse also utilizes to a greater degree eye/hand coordination and spatial awareness.

Come for a visit and see how the horse can make a difference in your life or the life of your child!

Our programs include:
• Therapeutic riding instruction in small groups or private lessons
• Therapeutic carriage driving instruction
• Participation in Special Olympics Equestrian Competition, Chisholm
  Challenge for Special Riders Horse Show, AQHA EWD Horse Shows, drill
  team and others

Our special therapy horses are the heart and soul of our program. Without them the magic would never happen…

Your Gift can go a long way:

$2,500 supports your horse for one year.
$150 provides fly control for one year.
$250 sends your horse to Special Olympics
$150 feeds your horse for two months.
$450 buys shoes for one year

Companies and individuals donating $500 or more will be recognized in our newsletter and on our website.

Meet our horses!

 

Beau

 

Hi, my name is Beauregard Winchester, but my friends call me Beau. I am 15 hands tall (that’s 4 ½ ft. in human talk). I have a brown mane and soft brown eyes. I am 21 years old but don’t look a day over 15. I weigh just a tad over 1,500 lbs but I carry my weight well, don’t you think. I used to be a roping horse. Sure am glad my days of chasing cows are over. I just know I was Born2Be a therapy horse. Now I get to take people with disabilities for a ride. They get to learn how to do all the horsy things like rein and trot and canter, and well, you know. I also help riders with balance and verbal communications and coordination.

Because I am a horse, I need food and shelter and medical attention and shoes and pedicures, oh how I love those pedicures. Just hate hangnails. I also have to have shots and saddle and tack and the list just goes on and on.

That’s where you come in. It takes money to feed and care for me. Because Born2Be is a not for profit facility, funds are always appreciated. I want to help riders and I need your help to help them. And here’s the really good part. Your contribution is tax deductible. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Hi I’m Blaze.  I am a 14 yr. old American Miniature
Blaze. I’m a favorite among our driving students and just the right size for the little folks to groom.  Even though I’m on the small side I still need everything my bigger friends do.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_horse

 

Gypsy

Well hello there, my name is Gypsy (not to be confused with Magic, the Gypsy Vanner. I am a paint horse. I am young but I am a steady mount. My owner is an instructor with Born 2 Be, so we are keeping it all in the family. My riders think I am pretty and they look really good on me. I think so too.

http://www.apha.com/breed/

 

Jack

Jack’s my name, being a therapy horse is my game. I am a handsome relative of Two Eyed Jack. In case you didn’t know, Two Eyed is a famous AQHA sire. I, on the other hand, am a famous therapy horse. My luscious coat is sable brown with a big star on my forehead. My mane is thick and if I may say, one of my outstanding features. People stop and stare at me and my special riders because we just look so stately.

These stunning good looks don’t happen by accident. I require all the essentials that my fellow therapy horses need. Feed, farrier care, a clean stall, vet care, an admiring audience. Okay, so an admiring audience is not a need but hey we could all use that. That’s where you come in. If you can find it in your heart to help support me, I will be so grateful. I will even share an apple or carrot with you.

http://www.aqha.com/About/Content-Pages/The-American-Quarter-Horse/Breed-Characteristics.aspx

http://www.aqha.com/About/Content-Pages/The-American-Quarter-Horse/Breed-History.aspx

Ljufur

Hi, my name is Ljufer. I am like a teapot, short and stout. I come from Iceland. I’m not very tall in statue but I am a giant among therapy horses. I am gentle, calm and steady. They say I am ‘bullet proof’ whatever that means. I am 22 years old and have brown fur with lovely brown eyes. I am triple coated because I come from a cold climate. So I just love winter.

Like my fellow therapy horses, I require food, shelter, vet care, tack, and the list goes on. I and my riders sure could use your help with some of these things. Donations are tax deductible so we both benefit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_horse

Magic

My name is Magic. I am a Gypsy Vanner or Gypsy Cob. Gypsy’s are originally draft horses. But instead of pulling carts, I get to carry riders with special needs. I am a gentle soul with just a little bit of attitude to make me interesting. I really look much better than I do in this picture but I was busy mowing the pasture (eating) when they took this picture.

I need all the things other horses need, food, care, shelter. Your support would be great. My riders count on me and I count on you. Thank you.

http://gypsyhorseregistryofamerica.org/CMS/about-the-breed

Patty


Hi, I’m Pretty Lopin’ Lady otherwise known as Patty. Don’t you just love my copper coat and girlish figure. I am a registered quarter horse. I just love to be paid attention to. My riders think I am really special. Walk, trot, canter, lope, I can do it all. My riders can either ride me in western tack or English tack. I am very versatile.  Several people have won blue ribbons in shows riding me. I am so proud to be a part of their success.

http://www.aqha.com/About/Content-Pages/The-American-Quarter-Horse/Breed-Characteristics.aspx

http://www.aqha.com/About/Content-Pages/The-American-Quarter-Horse/Breed-History.aspx

 

Rebel

Hi, I’m Mister Rebel Of Mine, better known as Rebel.  However, I’m anything but a rebel.  A sweeter, kinder, steadier horse you will never find, if I do say so myself.  My favorite thing (hmmm, other than peppermints and carrots) is to take people for a drive.  I am 12 years old and I am an American Miniature Horse. It’s certainly true that good things come in small packages! 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_horse

Participant Registration Information

In order to provide the best therapeutic benefit and the safest environment for our students, Born 2 B has established some guidelines for acceptance into the program. It is recommended that participants be at least three years of age and have emerging head and neck control. Due to back problems in horses, weight guidelines have been established. Please refer to the Born 2 Be Guidelines page in the Information Packet for the weight guideline chart. Please review the list of precautions and contraindications (found on the cover letter to your health care provider). If the individual has one or more of these conditions, therapeutic riding may not be recommended. If the participant meets the initial criteria, complete the enclosed forms. All forms must be thoroughly completed, many requiring a signature and date, and returned before you or your child can be enrolled. The Medical History & Physicians Statement form must be completed and signed by your physician.

When the forms are submitted to Born 2 Be, a screening assessment will be conducted. This assessment will be conducted by a B2B Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l (PATH) certified therapeutic riding instructor.

Please download the Information Packet and Participant Application forms to initiate the registration process.

If you need more information please contact the Born 2 Be office at  940-595-8200  or via email born2betec@gmail.com

Download forms:

Click here to download and print the Born 2 Be Paticipant Application

 

Fall                   $300
Winter              $150

Spring               $300

Summer            $150

 

 

COME PLAY WITH US!

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DO YOU LOVE HORSES, FRESH AIR, WIDE OPEN SPACES, AND HELPING OTHERS?

BECOME A BORN 2 BE VOLUNTEER! 

Volunteer Opportunities
Born 2 Be offers many exciting volunteer opportunities. Whether you like working with children, schooling horses, or soliciting items for an auction, we have the perfect opportunity for you.

At the Ranch
For hands-on interaction and physical exercise you might want to be a...
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Sidewalker – The primary responsibility of a sidewalker is to maintain constant safety awareness, while providing physical and motivational support to the rider.

• Qualifications for Sidewalker – Minimum age is 14. Be able to walk and jog for short periods of time while the horse is trotting. Attend Volunteer Training and be committed to your weekly class assignment throughout the session.

If you have experience with horses you might want to be a...
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Horse Handler – The horse handler is directly responsible for the horse before, during and after each lesson. It is the leader who must help in guiding, stopping and starting without making the rider feel that he or she is simply a passenger.

• Qualifications for Horse Handler - Minimum age is 14. Must have experience with horses and complete Handler Certification. Must attend hands-on training and be responsible for continued training as needed. Should be able to walk at a fast pace and jog intermittently during the lesson.

 

Download Born 2 Be Volunteer Registration

                                               

Driving Volunteer – Header and spotters
                  
• Headers (trained horse handlers) and spotters must attend additional training. It is necessary to have operating knowledge of all securing mechanisms and be familiar with loading and unloading procedures. 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

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Individual donations online: 
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Checks: make checks out to Solution Foundation and designate Born 2 Be as recipient.

Mail to the business office:
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
13809 Spring Way Dr
Haslet, TX  76052

Adopt a Horse. Your donation will be used to help us meet the costs of feeding, shoeing and providing medical care for our incredible herd of therapy horses.

Donate a Horse or Tack.

Born 2 Be horses are valued partners. We are highly selective when accepting horses into our program. Most of our horses are donated, loaned or leased by horse owners in our community. 

Click to download:

Is My Horse a Candidate for Therapeutic Riding or Driving? 

How to take a deduction for a charitable contribution of your horse? 


Matching Gifts
Many local companies have “Matching Gift” programs under which the company will match each dollar you give to your favorite charity. Some will also donate for your volunteer hours.

Visit this web site to see if your company is among those that participate.

http://www.nemba.org/shopNEMBA/CorporateMatchingPrograms.html 

Auctions
We can always use donated items for a silent auction or raffle.

All donations are tax deductible.

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Wish List

 

The following items are needed for our program. If you can make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

HAY – round bales and/or squares 
         

 

Tack and Equipment
Sidepulls
Saddles
Bridles
ASTM/SEI equestrian helmets
Quick release trailer ties with bull snaps
Horse clippers
& blades
Cotton lead ropes
Halters

Office and Household 

Copy paper (8½ x 11)
Trash bags (45-50 gal. industrial strength)
 
Rolls of postage stamps
Printer ink– Dell 7 color and Dell 7 black
LCD projector
Printer/scanner/copier/fax
Laptop computer
Printing of newsletters/brochures, etc.
 
Office Depot/Staples gift cards (any amount)
Paper towels
Bathroom tissue




Miscellaneous Items
Walkie talkies
Shavings

Manure forks
Muck buckets
Muck bucket cart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B2B Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

Business Office:
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
13809 Spring Way Dr
Haslet, TX  76052

Phone:
   940-595-8200      

born2betec@gmail.com

www.solutionfoundation.org

Facility Location:
9635 Cole Road
Pilot Point, TX  76258




Board of Directors & Staff
(application for Board Membership)



Born 2 Be TEC Board of Directors:



Staff
Mary Gwinner, Director
 

Anita Sepko, Instructor
          PATH Sis Gould Driving Award Winner 2008
          PATH Region 8 Instructor of the Year 2011
 

Tracy McCarty, Instructor

Edie Curtis & Cathy Wirz, Volunteer Coordinators
 

Contact us by phone at 940-595-8200. We are waiting to hear from you! 
E-mail:
born2betec@gmail.com 
  
 
 We could not continue with the important work we are doing without your tax deductible donations. We rely on your support and generosity! You change a life when you donate.