Innovative Therapeutic Riding Program

General Information

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Who We Serve

We see participants ages 4 and up, with a variety of special needs including physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges. Here is a list of some special needs our participants face:
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Learning Disorders
  • Autism
  • Selective Mutism
  • Encephalopathy
  • Cerebral Palsey
  • Epilepsy
  • Speech/Vision Impairments
  • Sensory Deprivation
  • Impaired Movement Due to Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Brain Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse Victims
  • Depression and Other Mental Health Conditions
  • Emotional Difficulties Caused By Life Events/Situations

Adaptive Riding

Adaptive riding lessons are taught by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl. certified instructors who design adaptive riding lessons around the participants abilities. Adaptive Riding lessons are not therapy, but rather a recreational riding lesson that helps improve:
  • Confidence, Self-Control, and Self-Esteem
  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • Flexibility and Joint Mobility
  • Range of Motion
  • Cardiovascular Functioning and Stamina
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Muscle Strength
  • Social Skills, Positive Social Interactions and Teamwork
  • Empathy
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Language Skills
  • Courage
  • Understanding of Consequences and Cause/Effect
  • Experience Success in a Supportive Environment

Horsemanship Activities

Unmounted Horsemanship Lessons
While adaptive riding focuses on teaching a riding skill, unmounted lessons allow the participant to get to know the horse face to face. This helps develop the participants cognitive aspects; they learn body mechanics when grooming, the parts of the horse, and how much pressure the horse likes while being groomed,just to name few.

While grooming the horse participants are learning to care for the horse, which in turn teaches them how to care for themselves. Participants develop emotional bonding and trust between themselves and their horse while grooming. Grooming also improves sensory awareness and basic motor skills.Participants also perform exercises such as leading the horse. This teaches the horse manners and increases the self-confidence in the client. Leading increases control and stability in the participants bodies.

Stay tuned for more activities!