Spirit’s Promise Equine Sanctuary: Line Dancing for a Good Cause

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Sign for Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation near front entrance Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Riverhead, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation is bringing the Long Island community together through it’s weekly Line Dancing event for a good time and to create awareness for the organization’s main mission, saving the lives of abused, neglected, or unwanted horses and giving them a new purpose.

Since the Line Dance’s debut a year ago, it has raised money for their organization as well as promoted and created awareness for Spirit’s Promise main mission throughout the Long Island area. The weekly line dancing event has also gained a devote following with members of the community along with adding some new additions to the weekly event.

“To me line dancing, Western, and horses go together,” said Marisa Striano, Executive Director, and Founder of Spirit’s Promise Equine Sanctuary. “It brings people who would not normally come here to see what we are about. Every little bit we try to get somebody new here that’s why we do it, plus line dancing is fun.”

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Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Barn where Line Dancing weekly event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Riverhead, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

Striano started Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation in 2011 after moving out to eastern Long Island for a simpler life. With intense passion for horses, she made it her life’s mission to save the lives of these animals and to give back to the community.

“Our slogan is help us, help horses, help people,” said Striano. “We rehabilitate the horses so we can rehabilitate the people. We have to repurpose these horses. I feel, and this is not for everybody, you cannot just have animals and them not do something. Every animal needs a job.”

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Sinatra, horse resident at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation enjoying late afternoon sunshine Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Riverhead, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

Spirit’s Promise provides equine-assisted therapy (EAT) to people with various different mental health handicaps, such as hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, cerebral palsy, depression, genetic disorders, developmental delays, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavioral and abuse issues. EAT’s main goal is to help rehabilitate both gross motor movement and fine motor ability that both physical and occupational therapy provides for some of these individuals while still having a fun and therapeutic experience.

Spirit’s Promise also helps other organizations that focus on the awareness of various mental health issues through hosting fundraisers.

“I bring awareness to ADD, Aid to the Developmentally Disabled. They are having a fundraiser here on Nov. 19, which is going to be a fundraiser for them and we split the profits. That’s how we help our community,” said Striano.

For more information on Spirit’s Promise, visit their website.

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