Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning
Riding is a partnership. The horse lends you his strength, speed, and grace, which are greater than yours. For your part, you give him your guidance, intelligence, and understanding, which are greater than his. Together, you can achieve a richness that alone neither can. -Lucy Rees
CORRAL was formed in the fall of 1987 to provide therapeutic horseback riding facilities and instruction for the mentally and physically challenged. Operating out of the historic Sewell barn in Roscoe, CORRAL started in the spring of 1988. There have been continuous renovations of the barn to provide better facilities for the horses and the students. We look forward to future progress with the continued support of the community.
To provide and promote equine-assisted learning for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals in a safe, loving and Christian environment by offering participants exposure to a sense of freedom and achievement while enjoying the outdoors.
It has been CORRAL’s mission as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide our classes free of charge to all participants. We rely on funding from grants and private donations, as well as our volunteer force, to achieve this goal. We are also able to receive individual designated donations through United Way. We are an Accredited PATH International riding center.
If you are interested in submitting a RIDER application, to participate, PLEASE CLICK HERE
Riding is widely recognized as one of the most beneficial types of therapeutic recreation available. It helps develop self-awareness, builds self-confidence, self-discipline, and improves concentration. Horseback riding also improves posture, balance and coordination, increases joint mobility, strengthens and relaxes muscles.
The fact is, there is no other recreational therapy that can replicate the human gait like therapeutic riding. Riders with learning and developmental challenges work on visual and auditory processing, problem solving, sequencing, verbalization and communication skills during their riding sessions. Riders with physical issues report both physical and emotional benefits from their time on the horse.
Our program gives a feeling of freedom and independence and an awareness of body in space that would be very difficult to obtain by conventional therapy. Exercising the spirit as well as the body provides an enormous boost for volunteers and participants alike.
Therapeutic riding began in Scandinavia shortly after Liz Hartle won the silver medal for Olympic dressage, despite being handicapped by polio. Her success inspired Mrs. Bodthker, a Norwegian therapist to establish a therapeutic riding program for children disabled with polio. This practice soon spread to England in the late 1950's where a center for therapeutic riding was built in Chigwell. It became the center of its kind to be built specifically for therapeutic riding.
In 1969 the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) was formed to coordinate the efforts of those working in this growing field. In 2011 NARHA changed their name to Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int.). A new name was needed to accurately convey a correct and current image of the important work being done by centers. PATH Intl. functions as an advisory and regulatory body, dedicated to promoting equine-assisted activities for special needs children and adults. Currently, there are more than 800 PATH Intl. certified riding centers in operation in the United States. CORRAL has been a member of PATH, Intl. for over 25 years.
ABBY - retired
Breed: Grade Mare
Description: Seal Point Bay
Foaled in 1987
Abby... Likes to nip when her girth is tightened. Is the oldest horse in the barn.
Is a favorite horse for beginners.
Registered Name: Ceceilia
Description: Stocky Palomino Pony
Foaled in 1996
Donated By: Linda Holley
Sissy... Is one of our driving ponies.
Was used for pony rides and was in a parade once.
Is allergic to penicillin.
Is an escape artist. She can open the stall gates like Houdini.
Once opened her stall and let out one of her “friends.”
Has come into the office and ransacked every desk and counter.
Everyone loves Sissy’s blonde eyelashes.
Breed: Quarter Horse
Duster... Survived EPM – Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis – usually deadly if not treated in time.
Is the favorite horse of all the instructors and volunteers.
Registered Name: Indiana
Breed: Quarter/Morgan Gelding
Foaled in 1999
Donated by: Michele Feckoury
Indy…Is 14.3 hands.
Is Level II Parelli trained.
Is a fast walker – only the fittest volunteers can keep up with Indy.
Registered Name: Wrangler Page
Breed: Quarter Horse Gelding
Foaled in 2002
Donated by: Ann Hughston
Seven…Has a brand with a 77 with a rocker below it. That’s how we came up with the name “Seven” for him.
Was used on a western dude ranch.
Was used for western pleasure competitions.
BLUE AKA BABY BLUE
Registered Name: Glamery Blue
Breed: Connemara Pony
Description: White with baby blue eyes
Foaled in 1997
Donated by: Rhonda Cathy
Blue…Is a big Connemara Pony. He is 15 hands and weighs 1100 lbs.
Is a former dressage pony.
Breed: Trakehner/Quarter Horse
Description: Chestnut gelding
Foaled in 1992
Donated by: Mary Margaret Halverson
Mozart…15.3 hands tall
Mozart's background is in dressage
Mozart loves peppermints
Mozart is the largest horse we have - a true gentle giant! He loves his job at CORRAL.
Breed: Tennessee Walking Pony
Description: Black gelding
Foaled in 1994
Donated by: Blalock Stables
Rooster…14.2 hands tall
If you hear him whinny, you'll know why he's called Rooster. He sounds like a Rooster crowing!
Rooster is our shortest horse at the barn.
Rooster is a very animated walker!
Breed: Quarter Cross Dartmoor Pony
Description: Dark Bay gelding
Foaled in 2004
Donated by: Pat & Sally Cheatham
Prior to coming to CORRAL Flag was a driving pony that won competitions all over the south, as well as leased out under saddle for a couple of years.
He is a great asset to our program because he can be used for both driving and riding.
Description: Chestnut/Tobiano gelding
Foaled in 1994
Donated by: Tim Bleakley
His registered name is Reilly's Rage.
Before retiring and coming to CORRAL, he followed his owner from high school competition to college competition.
Breed: Quarter Horse
Description: Sorrel mare
Foaled in 1999
Owned by: Molly Red Roe
Belle is the newest addition to CORRAL.
Her owner moved to Newnan from Florida, and Belle was in her wedding this past fall.
Belle's background is in dressage.
Her owner is also a volunteer at CORRAL!
OTHERS AT THE BARN
Our resident donkey
Gracie is used in the Live Nativity each year.
Our classes are comprised of students with a wide range of mental and physical challenges. We provide services to the Coweta County School System Special Education classes and any other individuals that qualify. CORRAL offers both riding and pony & cart driving instruction.
Lessons are taught by a PATH, Intl. certified riding instructor with a team of 1-3 volunteers per rider. We have classes on Mondays, Thursdays, and every other Saturday. Riders are in group classes of no more than 3 riders, and classes are approximately 30 minutes long. Riders participate in tasks and games that encourage physical strengthening and cognitive improvement while learning basic riding skills. The emphasis is on developing riding skills in a safe environment that is both therapeutic and fun. Specific goals are set for each rider at the beginning of a session based upon input from the rider’s parents or teachers.
In order to begin participating in our program, you must complete the rider application below and return the originals to CORRAL. Once we have received your paperwork, we will contact you to set up a New Rider Evaluation. The evaluation is a very important part of our program, allowing us to determine rider skill level, abilities, best horse, volunteer needs and the most suitable time slots on our schedule. It is only after we complete an evaluation that we can determine if there is a place on the schedule for the rider.