Timberwolff Stables Whitehouse Ohio - Hippotherapy Program with St. Vincent Mercy Children's Hospital
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Mission Statement:
The mission of TimberWolff Stables is to promote physical and emotional wellness to children with disabilities through the principles of hippotherapy. Our desire is to make this therapy available to anyone who would benefit regardless of ability to pay.
About TimberWolff Stables

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History of Involvement:

In 2004, our family, along with our horses, moved to Whitehouse, Ohio from Michigan to become part of the AW community. We learned about Hippotherapy from Tracey Lewis, who was developing the program in this area. As a family, we thought this would be a wonderful use for our horses and barn, and offered to host the St. Vincent Hippotherapy Program. Our whole family is involved volunteering, both as side walkers and as horse leaders. 

We have found this opportunity to be a rewarding and worthy learning experience. We have met many good people through the program, and some of our friends, neighbors and even our eye doctor have become volunteers.

Patty Wolff acts as the barn manager and is responsible for the care of the horses. She has recently become a certified instructor for the "North American Riding for the Handicapped Association" [NARHA]. Patty has a master's degree in Special Education and is a retired Toledo Public Schools special education teacher. She was in 4H Horseclub as a child and has had her own horse since she was 7 yrs old.

Tom Wolff acts as head of maintenance for TimberWolff stables. He learned to love horses at a YMCA camp as a boy. Tom has been a high school teacher and swimming coach for 32 years at both St Francis HS [23 yrs] and currently at Tecumseh HS in Michigan. 

Jordan Wolff is a senior at AWHS and is a dedicated volunteer horse leader and side walker. She gives noncompetitive riding lessons to children in the area. [in between an active social life]. Jordan will be a student at BGSU next school year.

Whitney Wolff is a freshman at AWHS. She is also a dedicated volunteer horse leader and side walker. Whitney is on the high school track team, running sprints and hurdles, takes dance classes, and enjoys spending time with her friends. 

We are looking forward to the day when any NW Ohio child, who would benefit from hippotherapy, can come and be part of our program, regardless of their financial situation. Our partnership with the Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation has been a dream come true.

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Facility Information:

TimberWolff Stables is located on 8 acres at 7435 Berridge Rd., Whitehouse, Ohio. Our indoor riding arena is 106ft x 60. Attached is an 80ft x 20ft area complete with a heated rest room, tack room and a 24ft x 12ft observation room. There is a sizable staging area with 4 stalls for the horses. Additional features include a 7 stall barn and spacious pasture areas.

We are currently using 5 of our horses in the Hippotherapy Program. 

These include: 
2 quarter horses, named Tucker and Reo, 
2 "Ponies of America" [POA's] named Dusty and Trouble and
1 "Halflinger" named Rebel, [AKA -Curley].

Our horses have been specially trained to work in a Hippotherapy session and are very kid-friendly.

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