Who Can Participate?

Any child (up to age 21) with challenges is welcome to participate. Services depend on the needs and abilities of each child, and HALTER’s resources. Former HALTER participants who have reached the age of 21 may be eligible for Equine Assisted Learning, an unmounted service. HALTER provides several services and partners with other providers. To determine the best service for your child, please contact the HALTER program coordinator, Sarah Newman.

Who is eligible to participate in HALTER’s services?

Children that are experiencing challenges, and who have not reached their 21st birthday. Challenges include: physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges.

What is the cost to participate in the program?

The cost of the service depends on the service provided. Occupational and Physical Therapy, provided by Spartanburg Regional Pediatric Rehabilitation, may be covered by insurance. Mental health services, currently provided on a very limited basis, may also be covered by insurance. Therapeutic Riding is not covered by insurance. The tuition for therapeutic riding is paid for on an annual, school-year basis, and can be paid monthly. Therapeutic riding during the summer months is offered on a very limited basis.

Who is eligible to be a volunteer?

Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. Any mature-minded individual of good character who is willing to learn and follow instructions is welcome to become a volunteer. Everyone must go through volunteer training that teaches the basics of assisting the participants. Younger individuals, 10 to 13 years, who desire to help can become a Pony Pal. Pony Pals groom and care for the horses between riders, and assist the instructor. Volunteer Orientation is scheduled when at least 5 individuals have signed up for orientation. Additional training on a variety of subjects is offered throughout the year.

What are Pony Pals?

Pony Pals are 10 to 13 years of age; Pony Pals may accompany an adult who volunteers. They cannot work with individual participants but can groom, tack, and assist with the horses outside the arena. They must attend a volunteer training session and follow all other volunteer requirements.

How do I get my son/daughter or myself started in the program?

To potentially receive services: Contact Sarah Newman, Program Coordinator

To learn more about Volunteering contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Eileen Deehan

For General Inquiries, contact the Office Manager, Meg McGarrigle: