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About New Heights Therapy

 

New Heights Therapy Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998. New Heights is a premier therapeutic equestrian center dedicated to positively impacting lives through the healing power of the horse. We help people who have physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties reach their full potential.  New Heights has grown to be able to serve a wide variety of groups and individuals in our community.

Our facility is located on eight beautiful acres adjacent to Summergrove polo fields in Folsom, Louisiana. We have a fully handicap accessible facility with a covered arena and a 16 stall barn. Our arena is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp and a lift, which can hold up to 1,200 pounds to assist wheel chair bound clients to mount the horse.

In addition to our eight acres we have access to 22 acres of wooded riding trails adjacent to our property for participants to enjoy. We operate with the help of our community, volunteers, and generous donors who support our mission every day. We invite you to come tour our facility and get involved!

 

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Our Team

New Heights Therapy Center is the premier therapeutic equestrian center dedicated to positively impacting lives through the healing power of the horse.

 




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Program Information

New Heights is proud to offer numerous programs designed to meet each rider's needs. Our programs include therapeutic riding and a veterans program.

 



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Volunteers

We truly value our hardworking volunteers! We have flexible volunteer opportunities available. No horse experience is necessary. Come help us make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!

 


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Donate/Sponsor

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. When you donate to New Heights you help us provide equine assisted activities and therapies to participants at little or no cost to them. Thank you for your support of our mission!

 

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Oscar Judah Tolmas was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, a Veteran of WWII, and an attorney and real estate developer.  Horse racing was a passion of Mr. Tolmas.  In his last will and testament, he formed the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to help charitable organizations fulfill their missions. His legacy and generosity will live on in the hearts of many.

New Heights gratefully acknowledges the enormous support of the Oscar J. Tolmas Foundation whose continued support has propelled our mission and enabled so many adults and children with cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges to experience the healing power of the horse.

 

 

3,640
Volunteer Hours Donated in 2016
11
Happy Horses
60%
Of Our Riders on Scholarship

 

Testimonials
 
  • I have noticed a strength in his abdominal and arm muscles that wasn't there before.

    Yvonne Sturm, RN - Nurse of a New Heights rider.
  • At eight weeks one of her doctors said she’s never going to walk, she’ll probably be in a wheel chair early on, just let’s be realistic. I don’t do realistic very well. For Maddie, she has Spina Bifida, so mobility, balance, coordination, everything you can imagine has been affected through hippotherapy. I get to see a little miracle every single day because everything that she does at this point is just icing on a very sweet cake. It kind of teaches you that anything’s possible.

    Selina Gilliland - Maddie's Mother
  • Walker is 20 years old and he has been riding since he was five. He has something called Fragile X Syndrome and it causes developmental disabilities, sensory dysfunction and attention issues. It really gives him confidence. It really gives him a sense that he is good at something and that he has worth. You want him to have a rich, full life.

    Mary Ann Haase - Walker's Mother
  • We are constantly amazed at the difference this therapy has made in my balance and ability to walk. I can sit high in the saddle and feel like I am in control...and that is a wonderful feeling. I am walking with much less effort and help. Not only has New Heights helped me physically, but more so, they have helped me spiritually.

    Joe - 66 Year Old Rider at New Heights