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Therapeutic Riding

Our therapeutic riding program provides structured horseback riding sessions to children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities.

Therapeutic riding helps with disabilities such as:

ADD & ADHD

Amputations

Autism

Brain Injuries

Cerebral Palsy

Deafness

Developmental or
Cognitive Delay

Down Syndrome

Emotional Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Spina Bifida

Stroke

Visual Impairment

View benefits of therapeutic riding for each condition »

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

It's about neurology, bio-physics, and how our brain is constantly communicating with our body. The brain is always assessing its surroundings, making adjustments, and compensating. Sometimes through injury or illness, these assessment and compensation pathways are impaired or changed and don't work right — creating a disability.

These pathways need to be strengthened and rehabilitated. A horse has a very unique walking gait with movement that closely resembles human movement. When a person with disabilities rides a horse, the movement, motion, and rhythm of a horse's walk is therapy for the damaged pathways, and the body begins to respond. It starts by relaxing and strengthening the muscles and improving balance and coordination. Then it begins working on the spirit and attitude. Riders begin to have a sense of empowerment, self-confidence, and a renewed sense of ability and hope! Their view of themselves changes — that's life changing.

Depending on your disability, benefits of therapeutic riding often include:

improved joint mobility, balance, and coordination

relaxation of tight or spastic muscles

increased muscle tone, strength, and flexibility

better posture

more self-confidence through enhanced self-image

improved ability to learning, concentration, and focus

better spatial awareness

motivation to set and achieve goals

increased patience and control over emotions

emotional connection to the horses and our incredibly dedicated volunteers

sense of responsibility

sense of normality

Call (715) 835-4530 to learn more.

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Testimonials

"I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and all of your staff. This is the first Christmas in over a decade that the thought of killing myself isn't controlling my day. I'm excited to be with my family, play games, and of course watch all the kiddos open their presents. I have always just went upstairs and wanted to be alone during our family get together. This year however, Reece and I were the first ones here and I was the one initiating the texts to speed everybody else up.

I'm back to being the man I once was. I'm afraid to imagine where I might be if I wasn't introduced to you and your staff. Along with Sylvia you have changed my life. No longer the person afraid to be in public with people around me! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! You have give my family the gift of their son, brother, and uncle back. Most of all Reece has his daddy! Trinity is a true life saver!

Merry Christmas God Bless You"

— BRANDON DROST, US ARMY VETERAN

 

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Certification

Trinity Equestrian Center's therapeutic riding program is certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). All of our instructors are nationally certified in therapeutic riding through PATH, and our volunteers and horses have been carefully selected and trained for their roles.

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Cost & Schedule

The therapeutic riding program is offered in three group sessions or privately.

Group Lessons:
Choose your series time:
Monday at 4-5 PM or 5:15-6:15 PM
Thursday at 4-5 PM or 5:15-6:15 PM
Saturday at 11AM - 12 PM
Then choose any/all series:
Winter: 10 weeks starting 2/3/14 - $400
Spring: 5 weeks starting 5/5/14 - $200
Fall: 10 weeks starting 9/8/14 - $400

Private Series: $60-$80 each depending on staff

View the Group Series Registration Form »

Program Director

Elizabeth Todd
Leah Olsen

Certified PATH, Int. Instructors