SMART Reflections

LWRWC Reflections on Visit to SMART
November 8, 2014

…touched that they made “Magic”, a blind horse, an integral part of their training program…totally connects to their participants…especially those initially fearful of horses and autistic individuals. Wonderful to see the extension of their program to veterans who suffer from PTSD and their families, breast cancer victims. …The impact on self-esteem is key…”
Nancy Wozniak

“…especially liked the general feeling of integrity and respect that permeated the premises. The kind, gentle way people spoke to each other…I was spellbound when…little boy was on the horse and kicking his feet too hard…trainer took the boy off, explained what he was doing wrong (hugging him..speaking directly…earnestly to him), showed him how to apologize to the horse, stroking it softly and saying ‘I’m sorry’…a moment I will never forget”.
Eileen Buzzard

“…the smiles on the riders’ faces as they accomplished their riding tasks were heartwarming! …program is run by 99% volunteers…shows that the support of the LWRWC is so very important to keep SMART going.”
Nancy LoPiccolo

“…what passion and commitment all those volunteering…have for their organization…..how calming and serene the “old Florida: landscaping felt…One can’t help to be impressed and touched by the help…volunteers give to the disabled children…”
Mary Beth Steffens

“…day was magical….to meeting Magic….seeing the new Magical trail. …as we progress through the years, I hope our name is all over SMART property! “
Trish Newman

“…surprised how many young and older adults and children they service. ..a remarkable group.”
Marlene Manatt

“…grounds were just beautiful….calm and caring feeling…impressed that they had expanded into the carts for kids in wheelchairs
Flossie Paul

“…Importance of the love and caring hands the volunteers give to the children……The support LWRWC gives…allows tools to be available to assist the volunteers.”
Joyce Steward

“…impressed that SMART sets up scholarships from their funding to make it possible for students to attend even if families are unable to attend. …they not only taught the students to ride a horse but they challenged them in oth#er ways to help stimulate their minds…”
Linda Tercyak