TackRoom Tales, Windridge’s newsletter, reaches out to program participants and families, volunteers, staff, supporters and friends. Our newsletter is published five times a year; February, April, June, August and November by Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas, Inc.
News items for TackRoom Tales can be brought to Windridge’s office; mailed to Windridge, P.O. Box 5932, Longview, TX 75608; faxed to 903.797.6972; or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is on the fifteenth of the month prior to the month of the newsletter is mailed out. All items are published on a space-available basis.
If you would like to comment on our newsletter, contribute a story or give an idea for a story call Windridge’s office 903.797.2414 and talk with Dawn or e-mail your thoughts to email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy reading Windridge’s newsletter TackRoom Tales
Closed Labor Day: September 2,2019
Fall Session: September 9,2019-November 23,2019
Winter Session: December 2,2019-February 15,2020
Christmas/New Years Break: December 23,2019-January 4,2020
February In-Service: TBA
Spring Session: TBA
Horse & Rider: TBA
April In-Service: TBA
Summer Session: TBA
Closed Memorial Day: May 25,2020
HORSE & RIDER
Saturday, April , 2020
Held at Windridge’s facility located at 593 Windridge Road, Texas 75645
Open house event: 12:00 to 3:30 pm
Come be a part of Windridge’s annual fundraiser and open house event.
Come support the children as they demonstrate their riding skills.
Come and participate in Windridge’s silent auction and raffle.
Come support our veterans and enjoy a hot plate lunch.
Come be a part of Windridge’s efforts to provide equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
“My son says he likes going to Windridge because it is fun. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into the preparation for the classes. His progress has been exceptional. Riding has helped tremendously with his balance, muscle control, speech, and walking. Most of all, the people – staff, volunteers, and the other parents and grandparents we see every week – are the best people we have ever met.” – A mother whose son rides at Windridge
The greatest part about Windridge is that when you walk onto the property, your hang-ups, differences, and problems are left at the gate. Everyone is on an even playing field, as it should be. – Windridge Volunteer
“The quality of life for the countless numbers of children and adults touched by the love offered through Windridge has spanned two decades. To me, the existence of Windridge is a tribute to our community’s Texas size heart. Thank you for your help to provide opportunities to the children and adults of East Texas.” – Randy Monk
“When my son started to ride at Windridge, he learned lessons that could not have been taught with words. He learned that if he could control a big, powerful animal like a horse, then there was a possibility he could control himself. As Chris progressed, his instructors changed the lessons and challenges. The allowed and encouraged him to grow and reach goals he now sees for himself. Windridge is more than a community, it is a family.” – A mother whose son has ridden at Windridge and now volunteers.
“I feel therapeutic horsemanship programs are a valuable tool in the growth and development of both young and old with disabilities. Most of all, the treatment approach addresses the whole person; physical, emotional, and verbal issues, as well as self-discipline improve on the back of a horse.” – Sue Haywood, Physical Therapist, Kidz First Therapy and therapist involved in Windridge’s hippotherapy program
“Windridge sees our children’s ability where others see a disability.” – A father whose daughter rides at Windridge
“We never thought my daughter would walk. On the horse she learned to sit, balance her body, kneel, and stand. Yes, she stood on the back of her horse as he walked across the arena. After one of her hippotherapy sessions the therapists encouraged her to take her father’s hand and she walked with her father to our car. We both cried with joy.” – A mother whose daughter rides at Windridge
Windridge truly lives up to its mission, enhancing the quality of life for people who have disabilities. Windridge has made a difference in the life of our six year old who has been receiving remarkable benefits from horseback riding therapy since the age of three. – Parent of Windridge participant