Therapeutic Riding

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Our horses bring health, happiness and hope! A natural and fun therapy for physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges.
If you’ve ridden horses or enjoyed their gentle love, you know the experience is unlike any other. And for those with physical, mental, emotional or behavioral challenges, the interaction can be remarkably life changing.

Therapeutic horseback riding can enhance:
Strength, coordination, self-esteem, concentration, emotional states, posture, balance, a sense of well being, personal mobility, a feeling of independence.

How do these gentle, four-legged therapists help?
Horses and humans walk using a similar motion and gait. Horse movements cause riders to respond using natural body movements. Exercise equipment works specific muscle groups, where horseback riding promotes integrated “whole person” flow of movements. Students with physical disabilities improve their muscle strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.

Our horses are also friendly, nonjudgmental companions. Their gentle natures improve mental and emotional states. The bond that develops between a horse and rider inspires a sense of teamwork, responsibility, communication, caring and joy.

What sort of challenges can therapeutic riding help with?
– Physical: injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, spina-bifida, paralysis
– Cognitive: autism, Down’ s syndrome, mental retardation, sensory integration disorder, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Fee: Six 1/2 hour lessons over 6 weeks – $ 150
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Application Packet 2017
Participant Annual Update 2017
Physician Annual Update 2017

Therapeutic Riding Schedule 2017Riding datesBreak - No riding
Session 1January 7 – February 17Break February 18 – March 3
Session 2March 4 – April 14Break April 15 – April 28
Session 3April 29 – June 16 (NO RIDING 5/22- 5/28)Break June 17 – June 25
Session 4 - Summer SessionJune 26 – August 4 – Horse camp
August 5-6 Snore & Chore
Interim THR Session August 2 - Sept. 6
August 7 – 11 Advanced Rider Clinic
August 14 – 18 Adult Horse Camp
Break August 19 – September 8
Session 5September 16 – October 27No Break
Session 6October 28 - December 15 (NO RIDING 11/20-11/26)Break December 16, 2017 – January 5, 2018

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.

Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns. Specific treatment goals, objectives and interventions are identified and documented.

Activities are structured to provide experiences that require clients to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for results. Throughout the process, the client is actively engaged in posing questions, experimenting, solving problems and constructing meaning, often through the constructive use of metaphor. Contact us for more information.