July, 2011

July 29 Hippotherapy Canceled due to extreme heat warning

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St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation and Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding will cancel all patients on Friday July 29 due to extreme heat warnings. We look forward to our new indoor that will allow riding all year round, including in the heat!

American Hippotherapy Association Inc. Level I Equine Courses

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The American Hippotherapy Association Inc. will be offering two AHA Inc. Approved Level I courses during the week of August, 14th, 2011 hosted by Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc.

AHA Inc. Approved Level I
Equine Skills Course

Monday, August 15, 2011

This hands-on course targets therapists with minimal to no horse experience in non-mounted equine skills. Participants will work with horses in teams of two to four, with a faculty/student ratio of 1:6, allowing an opportunity for demonstation, practice and individualized feedback and instruction.

Intended Audience:
Anyone who is interested in how to care, groom, tack up, and lead a horse. This course is open to the beginner volunteer, instructor, parent, therapist, administrator, or anyone in your program who does not have horse knowledge and wants to learn the basic skills and care of the horse as well as basic ground handling skills to handle a horse during a treatment incorporating hippotherapy.

Course Objectives Include:
-Correctly interpret the “body language” of the horse. Identify and name key anatomical points of the horse.
-Recognize elements of desirable conformation of the horse.
-Identify and describe the function of, and demonstrate proper use of grooming equipment.
-Identify key parts of the horse’s tack.
-Demonstrate safe and proper tacking and un-tacking of a horse.
-Recognize desirable qualities of the horse’s movement.
-Recognize and describe the four natural gaits of the horse.
-Recognize unsoundness in a moving horse.
-Recognize the signs of stress/burnout in the horse.
-Demonstrate safe, correct leading techniques with basic school figures.
-Demonstrate kind and humane treatment of the horse at all times.

Course Schedule:
Monday, August 15th: 8:00am – 5:00pm

AHA Inc. Approved Level I
Treatment Principles Course

Tuesday, August 16 – Thrusday, August 18, 2011

This three day course is designed for entry level therapists utlizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy and those in or working with hippotherapy teams.

Intended Audience:
PT’s, PTA’s, OT’s, COTA’s, and SLP’s interested in learning about HPOT, those already working in HPOT who want to learn the basic applications.

Course Objectives Include:
-Know and understand the definition of hippotherapy.
-Understand how the horse’s movement affects human systems: A System’s Approach.
-Describe possible responses of a patient to the movement of the horse’s walk.
-Describe the unique contributions of the horse’s movement as a treatment strategy and potential benefits for the patient.
-Understand the importance of the hippotherapy horse’s suitability and movement.
-Describe the appropriate methods of horse handling during a hippotherapy session.
-Describe the selection and use of hippotherapy equipment for the horse and patient.
-Identify all factors that contribute to safety in the hippotherapy session.
-Identify key considerations for patient selection for hippotherapy including specific contraindications and precautions.
-Describe key elements of patient evaluation and treatment planning.
-Describe methods of maximizing effects of hippotherapy, including school figures and movement progressions.
-Describe safe methods of transitioning on and off the horse.
-Have a working knowledge of potential emergencies and appropriate procedures.
-Describe the roles of the hippotherapy team members.
-Understand the business aspects related to hippotherapy including documentation, record keeping, reimbursement isses and insurance.
-Demonstrate kind and humane treatment of the horse at all times.

Course Schedule:
Tuesday, August 16th: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 17th: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday, August 18th: 8:30am – 3:00pm

About the Faculty:
Lori Garone, PT, MA, HPCS is a physical therapists licensed in New York, New Jersey, and California. She is a board certified Clinical Specialist in Hippotherapy. Lori is a former American Hippotherapy Association Vice President and Chair of the Education Curriculum Development, Nominating and Standards and Practice Committees. She is also a lifelong horseperson and has competed in Equitation, Hunter, Jumper, and up to Fourth Level Dressage. Lori received the Oyster Bay Town Outstanding 2010 Woman of the Year Award for her contributions in the medical field and her contribution in furthering the treatment strategy of hippotherapy. Lori has a private practice on Long Island, New York, Physical Therapy in Motion, and incorporates hippotherapy into her patients’ plan of care.

About the Host Facility:
Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center provides equine-assisted activities and therapy for those with physical, mental and/or emotional challenges. Through the use of the proven benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted therapy in a safe and enjoyable environment, our organization has helped hundreds of people of all ages in the Central Indiana Community.

Directions to Morning Dove:
From 465: exit #23 (86th street), go west to Moore Road (first stop light) and turn north onto Moore Road to 96th Street (3-way stop), turn west onto 96th street, the barn will be 1/2 mile on the north side.

From Ford Road: take Ford Road to West 96th Street (turn west onto 96th street), past the three-way stop at Moore Road, the barn will be 1/2 mile on the north side.

From 1-65: take the 334/Zionsville exit, travel 2 miles to 850 East (Cooper Road), turn south onto Cooper Road, to 96th street (2nd stop sign), turn east onto 96th street and the barn will be 1 mile on the north side.

Overnight Accomodations:
Overnight accomodations are available at the following hotel, which is approximately four miles from the workshop site:

Drury Inn
9230 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 325-0720
$69.65 for Two Double Beds

Be sure to reserve your room by August 1st, and mention Morning Dove to receive the special rate.

Cancellations for these workshops must be received in writing and must be postmarked no later than Saturday, July 30th, 2011. At that time, your workshop fee, less a $25 processing fee, will be reimbursed. No refunds will be possible after July 30th. Please note that course certificates cannot be issued to participants who leave the workshop early.

Do You Have Special Needs?
If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids or other reasonable accomdations, please contact Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. at least three weeks prior to the workshop.

Contact Raquel Ravinet at (317) 709-9949 or

Please see the following documents for more information and registration:

AHA Level I Brochure

AHA Level I Registration Form

Classes Canceled July 19 and July 20 due to heat

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Due to the heat advisory and Morning Dove’s heat policy, classes are canceled for Tuesday July 19 and Wednesday July 20. Morning Dove will not have programming if the actual temperature is 95 degrees or above and if the heat index is above 100 degrees. We look forward to our new arena that will be temperature controlled, even in the heat!!!!!

Morning Dove Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy

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As the days get hotter we are getting lots of calls about the status of lessons. Below you will find the Morning Dove policy for canceling classes due to inclement weather.

Morning Dove Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy

To protect the well being of all personnel including riders, volunteers and employees, the following parameters will be observed with regard to cancelling equine assisted activity sessions.

Cold Weather Policy

• The temperature for the day needs to be greater than 25 degrees
• The low temperature for the day (actual recorded temperatures – not wind chills), when therapies start (9:00am) must be greater than 15 degrees

Warm Weather Policy

• The temperature for the day needs to be less than 95 degrees
• The heat index for the day, when therapies start (9:00am ) must be less than 100 degrees

Once it is determined that therapies will be canceled, by 8:00am the day of, Morning Dove personnel will post the cancellation on the Morning Dove website, Morning Dove voicemail and parents/caregivers will be called by Morning Dove Instructors. If cancelation occurs the client will be able to schedule a make up lesson or request a refund for class missed.


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breezy-motionLast week we had to bid farewell to our beloved Breezy. Breezy started working with Morning Dove in the spring of 2010 and for the short year he was a part of the Morning Dove family he touched so many lives. His loving nature and carefree attitude made him a favorite in the barn with both our riders and the volunteers. Breezy’s expressive face and gentle eyes brought so much joy into barn and we will miss him dearly. Thank you Breezy for all you did for Morning Dove. We love you and you will forever live in the hearts of the Morning Dove family.

Below is a letter that one of our riders wrote about the day we lost our sweet Breezy. He wrote it to help all the riders that loved Breezy – little did he know it would touch the lives of staff and volunteers as well.

Dear Kids,
My name is David. I am a volunteer
who works here at Morning Dove. On
Wednesday morning, I noticed Breezy
was not getting up when I started my
shift. He was rolling around in his stall
and he was feeling sick.

The veterinarians came and tried to
help him, but he was hurting, so they put
him to sleep. But he is in Horse Heaven
now and he’s happy.

I know you’ll miss him, but he’s in a
better place. He’ll always be
remembered for the kind things he did
for the staff members, for his fellow
horses, and for all the kids.

David Blaising-Wimmer and his Mom

Polo at Sunset, July 22

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Polo at Sunset to Benefit Morning Dove

Polo at Sunset to Benefit Morning Dove

Hickory Hall’s Polo at Sunset
Benefiting Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding

Where: Hickory Hall Polo Club
7545 East 100 North
Zionsville Indiana

When: Friday July 22, 6:30 pm

It’s a picnic so bring your blanket, beverages and food basket
$10.00 per car load

For more information call: Lisa Condes at (317)997-3047

Gather your friends and family in one car load or more and join in the fun and excitement of POLO AT SUNSET held at the only Polo Field in Indiana. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Zionsville, this is the perfect event for those Friday summer nights.

General Information:
• It’s a picnic, so bring your blanket, beverage and food baskets
• No grills
• $10 per car load to benefit Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding
• Dogs welcome, bring leashes and your own baggies
• Please take your trash home with you


7545 East 100 North, Zionsville, IN 46077
North on Michigan road/US 421 to 100 North (One mile north of SR 32). Turn left/west onto 100 North. Travel 2 miles to Polo Grounds.

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