2016 August Newsletter

A Letter to our families:

As we enter into the fall season, we have some changes coming up! Starting September 6, URS will begin grouping our hippotherapy treatments into 6 to 8 week sessions with a one week break between sessions to allow for program improvement and greater quality of care to be provided. All sessions will be scheduled the same as they have in the past, with a weekly time that is yours for a set period of time. Treatment will be based upon the therapist’s recommendations, parent goals, and the needs of your child. We hope to continue to bring you the best possible services we can and ask that you provide feedback on both positives and negatives as we make these changes. The new session schedule is posted below in the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter.

We will continue to keep you all up to date on current trends and new affiliations with insurance plans as we move along in our growing process.

Thank you for your patience and trust!
Katie & Alysa

Scheduling Reminders

The Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center will be closed for end of summer break August 21 – September 5. NO hippotherapy sessions will be conducted during that time as this is a much needed break for all of the equine in the program.

If you have not been in contact with us regarding the fall schedule, please make sure you confirm your time slot with us. We are working steadily on making sure we are able to get everyone on the schedule at a time/day that works best for all. If you don’t hear from us to confirm your appointment by the last week of August, make sure to give us a call!

Cancellation Policy

Please be advised that URS charges a $75 cancellation fee for same day cancellations after 11:00 AM, unless there is an emergency or unforeseen circumstance involved.

Happenings and Updates

Welcome Baby Ayla

I’m excited to share that the URS family has grown by one! Friday, August 5 at 9:28pm my husband, Lucas, and I welcomed our baby girl, Ayla (pronounced eye-la) Elizabeth Roe. We are both doing very well and adjusting to our new roles/routines. Thank you everyone for all of your patience, well wishes, and support during this exciting transitional time for us. I look forward to being back and treating at TRRC starting in October, but you may see me and the little one around before then!

All my best,

URS T-Shirts

Thank you for adding URS t-shirts to your wardrobe! Please let us know if you are interested in long sleeve or sweatshirt options as we are looking into placing a fall order if there is enough interest! All requests can go to alysa@unbridledrehab.com

Women’s cut $12 per and Mens/youth styles $10 per. Stop into the office today to pick up your shirt!

  • Youth: S, M, L
  • Adult: S, L, XL, ($12 for XXL)
  • Styles: Standard cut (crew neck or v-neck), Women’s cut (crew neck or v-neck)

Volunteers Needed

Unbridled has expanded to a full day of therapy on Thursday. We are seeking additional support for both leading and sidewalking for hippotherapy sessions between 11am – 7pm. Please contact TRRC volunteer coordinator, Lisa Bartell (lisa@trrcmd.org) or Alysa Simms (alysa@unbridledrehab.com) if interested. Thanks in advance!!

Introducing “Cats Meow”

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Cats is the newest herd member at TRRC.  She is a sweet, strong, and smart 12 year old mare with a history as a games pony.  She was previously owned and shown by a young girl who out grew Cats.  She wanted Cats to go on to the next best job, teaching young riders and working in the hippotherapy arena!

Cats is charming and always ready for a little nozzle rub, but please be aware, she has a special diet and should not be fed treats.  Thank you for welcoming our newest equine partner to the mix.  Cats promises to add a variety of strengths and skills to both the hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs at TRRC.

Strider Bike Program

Upcoming sessions:
August group sessions
Monday 8/22 –  Thursday 8/25
5:00 – 6:00 pm

September group sessions
Saturday afternoons
3:00 – 4:00 pm

There is an option to pay by day if you do not want to commit to the entire 4-day session.

Rates: $50 per day ; $180 for all four days.

*Private sessions are always an option as well, August – September. If interested in scheduling private sessions at your home or another preferred location, please contact Alysa Simms at alysa@unbridledrehab.com.


Get HIP!

With URS Handwriting Improvement Program

Unbridled Rehab offers the Handwriting Improvement Program (HIP) for either 1:1 needs or small group treatment environments.  Alysa Simms, is a certified Handwriting Without Tears specialist.  HWT is a multi-sensory approach for beginners learning basic handwriting skills. HWT also uses strategies to correct errors such as letter/number reversals, poor spacing, inappropriate letter size, and more.

HIP is a 6 week program, 1 hour per week, where an occupational therapist will screen students for both strengths and needs related to grasp, type of utensil used, positioning, and foundational skills.  Participation in HIP will build the student’s confidence in the classroom and during homework activities. Weekly practice sessions are packed with multi-sensory tools promoting handwriting speed and fluency that make handwriting fun!  For more information on how to sign up, contact Alysa directly. Phone: 410-970-2400 ext. 701 or Email:  Alysa@unbridledrehab.com

Upcoming Events

October 29, 2016
Truck or Treat at Gary J. Arthur Glenwood Senior Center from 11am-1pm
Join us at Glenwood community center for lots of fun, games, and treats! 

We are transitioning the current schedule to a 6 to 8 week session structure with one week off been sessions. This allows for a better structured schedule and the ability to optimize treatments with periodic breaks given to our therapy equines throughout the year. The session schedule will be as follows:

Fall Session I:   September 6–October 29

Break: October 30–November 5

Fall Session II:  November 8–December 24

Break: December 25–January 2

Winter 2017 Session:  January 3–February 25

Break: February 26–March 4

Spring Session I: March 7–April 29

Spring Session II: May 9–July 1

Summer Session: July 11–August 19

Break: August 24–September 4

Therapist Spotlight

Krista Liller, MS, OTR/L

Krista is one of our newest team members at URS, having taken on Saturdays. In addition to working at URS on Saturdays, Krista works in a skilled nursing facility where she has the opportunity to address a variety of older adults’ rehabilitation needs. Krista has two horses of her own and loves to take relaxing rides around the farm. If she isn’t working or at the farm, she is home playing outside with my dogs or lounging with my cats!

Activity of the Month

(From Growing a Jeweled Rose Blog)

This play material requires no cooking and can be made in just a few minutes.  Using baby oil in this recipe produces a much smoother dough than what you might be used to, and it also has a delightful smell.  Adding a few drops of glycerin makes the dough really shiny and stretchy.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp of baby oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • Black food coloring  {or liquid watercolors}
  • 3-5 drops of Glycerin
  • Glitter (we used purple, sliver, gold, & red)


Note:   You can find glycerin in the health & beauty section of most stores or online.


  • Combine the flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add several drops of black food coloring to the boiling water, and then combine that in the bowl along with the baby oil & the glycerin.  Mix all the ingredients.
  • Continue mixing until the play dough is formed, and then knead the dough for several minutes.  Add more food coloring as you knead if needed.  I used A LOT of food coloring to get the rich, black coloring you see here.
  • Once mixed you will now have the most amazing, super stretchy dough!
  • Finish the dough by adding glitter in the colors of your choice to mimic the stars in the galaxy.

That’s it!  Now it is time to PLAY!

A Few Tips:  You will need to use a lot of food coloring to get a rich, black color.  We purchased ours at Walmart for just a couple dollars, and I used half of the bottle to get the color you see above.  You could also use black watercolor paint if you have it on hand.

Troubleshooting:  If your dough turns out a little too watery just add a bit more flour and mix it in.  If your dough begins to dry out you can mix a little baby oil in to revive it and give it new life.

Contact Info: 3750-A Shady Lane Glenwood, MD 21738
Phone: (410) 970-2400
Fax: (410) 774-4090
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