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
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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
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
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