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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I see. Thank you for the clearer explanation.
So the general fact is that as a 'hippotherapist' OT or PT, I will very likely not be payed well, versus working as a normal OT or PT in a hospital or clinic? That doesn't necessarily deter me, I'm just trying make sure I understand everything.
I know of one program in my area that is set up as a 'third party payor' type stable, but they also have licensed OTs and PTs that work as normal in-building therapists as well. They're pretty much set up like a normal clinic...the difference is that they have a hippotherapy 'link' to their farm as well, so many of the clients do both types of therapy with the farm. Would something like that work for me? I know they they do very well most of the time as far as being able to pay bills, hire therapists and workers, etc without fundraising, so they must be doing something right.
The farm where I volunteer is Direct Payment, I think, but we're set up as a non profit (and licensed to be). We rely completely on the low fees that we charge (virtually nothing for what they get) and on donations/grants. I wouldn't want a farm like this because I've SEEN the financial struggles. Sometimes we struggle just to feed the animals, when we're going through a very hot summer or cold winter. We are 100% volunteer and the only licensed therapist is the BO who is a PT. We have no clinic or anything offered besides the horse therapy. We charge $60 a month to our disabled riders to ride for 45 minutes, once a week, or $90 a month to ride for 45 minutes twice a week. Even with the large amount of riders that come through, we barely have enough to feed, do repairs, and have a little saved away for emergencies. I'm often the only volunteer on week days, and on weekends it isnt unusual for us to have only 2 or 3 volunteers and 25+ kids that come through. The BO often has to substitute as a leader or sidewalker because we're so low on help.
This kind of operation is what I'm trying to advoid. They're lovely people, the farm is fine, and the kids do progress greatly, but often bills come from out of the BO's pocket and her husband has to work two jobs AND help on Saturdays to keep the place going. I want to find a 'happy medium' if such thing is possible. Obviously not where I'd 'get rich' or even be 'well paid' but I don't want to be going into the reds and having to dip into MY savings to run a place either.
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