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Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is a specialized form of horseback riding that aims to improve physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities in individuals with disabilities. Our Therapeutic Riding Lessons are lead by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) certified Instructors. During therapeutic riding sessions, trained instructors adapt riding techniques and activities to meet the unique needs of each participant. The rhythmic movement of the horse provides physical benefits such as improved balance, coordination, and muscle strength. Additionally, the emotional bond formed between the rider and the horse can boost confidence, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well-being. Therapeutic riding offers a safe and supportive environment for individuals to learn riding skills, build relationships with horses, and experience the joy of horseback riding while achieving personal goals and milestones. Our instructors stay up to date with the most recent equine therapy developments by attending annual conferences put on by PATH Intl.


What are the benefits of Therapeutic/ Adaptive Riding?

Therapeutic Riding gives participants a sense of purpose, freedom and independence. There are numerous benefits including: improved self-confidence, feelings of accomplishment, improved concentration, balance and motor development, listening and communication skills, sensory awareness, development of empathy and patience, as well as learning to care for and ride a horse!

Who can participate in Therapeutic Riding?

The participant must be at least 4 years old.

We serve all ages and a range of disabilites varying from mental disabilites like anxiety, physical disabilites like cerebral palsy, and cognitive disabilities like language processing disorder. 

How does Therapeutic Riding work?

Unlike exercise machines that only focus on one muscle group at a time, Therapeutic Riding allows the rider to use their entire body to steer, control and adjust the horse while maintaining balance. The horse’s stride moves the rider’s pelvis in the same rotation and side-to-side movement that occurs when walking. The instructor will incorporate riding goals (like steering) allowing the rider to work towards independently directing their horse around the arena! The instructor specifically picks a horse, based off their movement and demeanor, and lesson plan that will allow the rider to benefit the most. 


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