300 Cusseta Rd, Opelika, AL 36801
Here is their story for STORYBOOK FARM
Storybook Farm’s mission is to walk alongside children with uncertain futures and provide them with unyielding joy and hope. The Farm serves individuals ages 2 to young adulthood who face obstacles such as autism, cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, sensory integration issues and bereavement situations to name a few. Horseback riding provides physical benefits, including improvements to balance, motor skills, muscle strength and coordination. In order to properly care for a horse, new skills have to be developed, and weekly lesson plans include games and activities tailored towards a measurable outcome. Children stay on task, focus, improve sequencing skills while learning to lead, groom and tack their horse. Interacting with our animals and volunteers leads to articulation of emotions and development of social skills as well. Through this therapy, Storybook Farm is a place for healing, sharing, learning and growing; where children experience the exhilaration of riding; where families come together to support one another; where volunteers find a profound sense of purpose; and where a community finds its collective spirit. All of Storybook Farm's programming comes at no cost to our participants.