PBS Hawaii – HIKI NŌ Episode 505 | King Kekaulike High School | Horse Therapy

PBS Hawaii – HIKI NŌ Episode 505 | King Kekaulike High School | Horse Therapy


The Haku Baldwin Center’s Therapeutic Riding
Program is a program designed for children with
special needs, and it’s a program that we serve children from ages two to seventeen. Good! [INDISTINCT] Very good. [INDISTINCT] [CHUCKLE] Grab your reins. Harriet Haku Baldwin is the founder of the
Therapeutic Riding Program here at the Haku Baldwin
Center, and her dream was to have children and animals come together to serve the needs
of the children through therapeutic horsemanship. … bridge, and we’re gonna go into the pool. So, each week, the child riders come to our
center. They usually come with a parent or grandparent, or caregiver or teacher’s aide.
And we meet each rider for a twenty-minute session.
We get their helmets on, we take them up to the mounting block, we introduce them to the
horse. Some of the more advanced riders will be calling
the horse in, saying, Hi, Apache, how are you
today. Hi, Mochi. And so, we bring the horse in, we have a volunteer on either side. We
have one person holding the horse, and the instructor
helps the child mount. And then, we move into either
our outdoor space or our indoor arena, where we have an obstacle course that the riders
can do, and we kinda try to change that up each month.
And we take the kids through a variety of games
and activities, depending on their skill level, and their abilities, and the challenges. And
twenty minutes for most kids is just about enough,
and some really don’t want to get off, they want to take
the horse home with them. My fondest memories are when the children
show up, and before they’re even out of the car,
they’re already laughing and screaming, and just so excited that they’re here, and they’re
gonna get on a horse. So, it’s not really a specific
memory. We have one child who one of our other volunteers knows from school, regular school,
not the program. And when she volunteered here
and saw the child just smiling the whole time, she says, Wow, that’s the first time I ever
saw that little person smiling. You’re gonna use your reins to show him which
way to go. I know you’re good at this. It’s gonna
be fun; okay? Good; rock on, we’re ready. So, for the future of Haku Baldwin Center,
we hope to continue to provide quality services for the
people that we serve, and to reach out to more people in the community. And we want
to keep Haku’s dream alive. This is Lorraine Holokai from King Kekaulike
High School, reporting for HIKI NŌ.

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