‘Morning Dove Events’ Category

2014 DOVE BALL!! November 7, 2014

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Join us for a wonderful evening in celebration of our mission, our riders, families, horses, volunteers, staff and donors!!!


OCTOBER 11-12 Masterson Method Workshop at Morning Dove!!

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Workshop flyer Zionsville


Come learn the basic of the Masterson Method of equine massage.  Anyone who has had a Masterson certified therapist work on their horse, knows how unique and effective this method is!  This 2-day workshop will give you the basics to get started!  Up to 14 CE hour available!  2 days of demonstration, lecture and hands-on learning at the Morning Dove facility in Zionsvlle!  Go to for more information and to register! Only 12 spots available, so don’t wait!!

NEW Volunteer Training Scheduled

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Saturday, April 5 HORSE LEADER TRAINING, 10am – 11:30am — for those who are already horse leaders at Morning Dove, and for those who are side walkers or have significant horse experience wanting to become a horse leader.

Wednesday, April 16, New Volunteer Orientation – Required for anyone wishing to join the Morning Dove team!

CALL or E-MAIL Lydia Phillips at 317-733-9393 or to reserve your spot!!

2014 Dove Ball — Planning has begun!!

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The 2014 Dove Ball will be Friday, November 7at Woodstock Country Club! SAVE THE DATE! Morning Dove relies on the proceeds of this event to help us get through the winter caring for our herd of hero horses. We are so grateful for every dollar of support!

We would love your help …
* Sponsor the event — sponsorships range from $500 to $5000
* Help us collect fun, unique, popular auction items (minimum value $50)
* Donations of floral centerpieces, printing, graphic design services are a HUGE help
* COME and bring a friend to this annual FUN event!

CALL Liz Coit, Executive Director @ 317-733-9393 to help or for more information!

2014 Schedule Is Up!

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Go to the Programs tab to see our 2014 Session Schedule.  We are so excited to offer an EARLY SPRING session this year in March! Our expanded and insulated indoor riding arena will be ready this winter! So, don’t let the winter blues get you down – call us to reserve your spot in our March session!

Volunteer Training

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Friday, April 26th from 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Please contact us to sign up or if you have any other questions.

Annual Dove Ball

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SAVE THE DATE!!  Saturday, October 19, 2013 is Morning Dove’s Annual Dove Ball!  This year’s event will be held at Woodstock Country Club.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information. To donate items for our Silent Auction, please contact Liz Coit at 317-733-9393 or

Holiday Open House was a jolly good time!

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Thank you to all our elves for making the barn glow with holiday lights and cheer – we are blessed to have you in our family!  From the do-it-yourself cookie decorating, yummy table of treats and cocoa, to the HUGE stockings hanging from each of our horse’s stalls it was a day of giving and joy.  We shared the afternoon with our riders and families, volunteers, instructors, staff and board members.  Our horses enjoyed being the center of attention as they peered out over their stall guards for a rub on the nose and hugs. And, they were very grateful for the pounds of carrots, apples and peppermints that filled their stockings. These treats will surely keep them warm and happy for the entire winter!  We wish you all a blessed holiday season!

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

Jim and Kit

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The Morning Dove family lost two of its most important members this week.  On Wednesday afternoon we said farewell to our big strong Jim.  Although he must have been struggling, Jim did not show signs of pain until after the fall session had ended.  Thursday afternoon heartache struck again as our beloved Kit joined her friend – after a long fought battle, we made the decision to give her eternal peace.  Words cannot express the heartache that we all feel at the loss of these two incredible horses.  Even until the end they were teaching us, touching us and giving us all their love; surrounded by the people that loved them daily they went to sleep peacefully.

Both Jim and Kit were extraordinary horses – the type of horses that therapy programs dream of.   They put the needs of their riders first, always taking care of the precious souls astride them.  They longed for their riders, lived and fought for their riders.  Jim was never more in his glory than when he carried one of his riders.  From little girls to grown men, Jim gave his riders a sense of pride.  Each step was deliberate, each tuck of his head more beautiful than the last – a true gentleman, Jim would respond so eagerly to what was asked of him.  Kit was a natural mother.  Her riders were her babies and she took great care of them.  She loved to be around her kids and would get very upset if she saw another horse carrying one of her riders.  She knew them all, their fears, their balance, their desires and she strove to make them the best they could be.  Kit’s soft eyes and gentle nose made her one of the kindest horses in the barn.

Although we will mourn for Kit and Jim and the barn will never be the same without them, we are eternally grateful for the time that we had with them.  They were the true heroes of Morning Dove and changed thousands of lives, and we thank them for everything that they did.  We love them very much and they will remain in our hearts forever.



To our beloved Jim and Kit,

Well done, good and faithful servants.  Rest in eternal peace – we love you!

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