Therapeutic riding uses equine movement and assisted activities to enhance
physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, sensory, educational, and other developmental skills.
Our therapeutic riding program includes therapy on and/or off the horse, depending on the child’s preference.
Therapy is provided by one or more of our licensed professionals, including a speech pathologist, certified therapeutic recreational therapy specialist, and/or a certified occupational therapy assistant.
Therapy includes the use of equine movement and/or equine assisted therapy. We target the above goals via horseback riding, games and activities while riding the horse, and other activities using a horse or a miniature horse. We also help children with special needs with academic goals by providing a fun and exciting atmosphere with an equine friend who is ready to learn with your child.
Sessions are 30 minutes long. Price is $229/mo for our monthly membership (weekly therapy sessions.) Individual sessions outside of our monthly membership are $69/session.
Therapeutic riding provides many benefits such as:
- Client receives sensory input through the motion of the horse, which is variable, rhythmic, and repetitive
- Client is constantly readjusting body in response to the horse’s movement which promotes balance and core strength
- The horse’s gait closely emulates a human’s gait
- Walking includes muscle strength, coordination, and balance. Riding a horse allows the brain to practice correct walking movement patterns, giving muscles, vestibular system, and the brain an opportunity to experience the motion of walking, particularly someone who moves very little.
- The movement of the horse improves strength, agility, balance, posture, weight-bearing ability, improved circulation, respiration, and metabolism.
- Stimulates every movement system in the client’s body
- Equine temperature runs 4-5 degrees higher than human’s; therefore, the horse provides a warms that can help reduce spasticity and stretch muscles. The movement massages the muscles at the same time.
- Psychological benefits including enjoyment and excitement
- Confidence due to the fact that the client is sitting above people (may only see the world from a wheelchair) and the client is controlling a 1200 pound animal
- Improves cognition including sequencing, attention, concentration, memory, divided or alternating attention,
- Promotes social skills
- Improves hand-eye coordination and motor planning
- Improves sensory integration
- Improves spatial orientation and visuospatial skills
- Educational benefits such as counting, naming alphabet, reading, math skills, etc.