Therapeutic Horsemanship

Our therapeutic horsemanship program teaches horse-handling and riding skills using activities tailored to meet the physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral needs of the individual participant. Children, teens and adults with a wide array of challenges are active in this program.

Lessons are one hour in length and are taught by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International certified instructors. Lesson plans take into account the rider’s physical, emotional, and mental strengths and limitations. Activities may include horse care (such as grooming and tacking), exercises, games and riding the trail. All participants are supported by trained volunteers who are an important part of the learning team and individual progress is documented weekly.

Social interaction, building relationships and participation in group activities is part of the therapeutic process. Therapeutic Horsemanship enhances small and gross motor skill development, core strength, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination, problem-solving and task-sequencing abilities, communication, confidence and trust while also providing a sensory-rich recreational environment in which to learn and grow.

Fees for service cover 25% of our actual cost. The generosity of our donors enables us to provide some additional needs-based financial assistance as available.

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