During the four-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, our students lost so much more than the weekly therapeutic riding sessions...
Born with cerebral palsy, twenty-one-year-old Delaney, or “Dee” as she is known at Lovelane, has been riding here since she was two years old. Every week Dee enthusiastically guides her electric wheelchair up the mounting ramp eager to get on her horse. Being on a horse allows Dee to feel the movements associated with how “normal” walking would feel. The horse stimulates her pelvis and trunk in a manner that closely resembles a human’s typical gait. The challenge that the movement of the horse provides Dee’s muscles helps to improve her posture and balance, increase her strength and muscle tone and improve her aerobic endurance.
Help Lovelane Students Get Back in the Saddle!
This fall 1,300 lessons are being provided at $0 revenue due to credits provided to families for missed spring lessons. This, along with fixed expenses, contributes to an expected $300,000 program loss from March 2020-December 2021.
Last year, prior to the pandemic, 42% percent of Lovelane families received tuition assistance.
Recognizing the financial constraints have increased for many, we expect to see a 7%–12% increase in the need for financial assistance from our families this fiscal year (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021).
(continued) . . . When Lovelane closed, Dee was sad to lose her home at Lovelane, where for 19 years she has felt physically, emotionally and socially engaged. Without her weekly therapeutic riding sessions, Dee’s muscles became tight and she experienced a decrease in range of motion and strength, which affected her posture, and alignment in her wheelchair. Dee also felt a loss in her independence. At Lovelane, she has her own community, her own sport, her own goals and works on her own skills and achievements. Riding has given Dee confidence, freedom of movement and reminds her of her power and her potential. Now that Lovelane has re-opened, her weekly therapy sessions will focus on the ways in which the horse’s gait can challenge Dee’s muscles so that she can regain her independence and strength. Dee is back in the saddle!