We offer therapeutic riding lessons for boys and girls as young as 4 years old, but our oldest rider is 77 years old. Half of our riders struggle with some form of mental illness while 32% of our riders are on the Autism spectrum. Horseback riding promotes mental simulation, physical strengthening, emotional development, and social interaction in a fun and active way.
The majority of our riders show significant improvements in their core strength, fine and gross motor skills, coordination, self-confidence, mobility, social skills, and verbalization after participating in our riding program.
Working to create an environment of true acceptance it is our program’s goal to offer Therapeutic Horseback Riding lessons to everyone on an even playing field. To accomplish this, our instructors place riders in groups according to their individual ability, as well as with others they can socially relate to, offering an increased opportunity for social growth.
Riders who require or request private lessons are paired with an instructor and volunteers who will encourage and empower them while helping them find success throughout our program.
Therapeutic riding for the disabled is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one’s own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between rider and horse and promotes personal challenges.
From the beginning, riders learn balance, coordination and self-assurance while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation. As a result of carefully planned lessons, poise, posture, strength, and flexibility improve. Our past riders have developed a strong sense of responsibility as they learn to take part in the care of the horses and equipment.
Advanced equestrian skills, teamwork, and cooperation are learned as the riders become independent on horseback while continued classes and social interactions encourage confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment as new levels of expertise and new goals are met.
Vada is making connections in a way we have not seen. Louise communicates to her, never over her. Their relationship is one of respect. We have witnessed a huge growth in her confidence, physical strengths, balance, and coordination. I cannot say enough positive things about this program.