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Summer 2011 Programming

We're pleased to offer programming for summer 2011!
We are now taking registration for:

Please call Erin at 270-1782 or email erin_mccormick@msn.com. Registration forms:

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic Riding encompasses collectively all horse-related activities for people with disabilities. Emphasis is put on learning functional riding skills for therapeutic purposes. Because therapeutic riding encompasses so many areas of development, it can be broken down into classifications, which represent different approaches that could be taken for each individual.

Diagram of Classifications

Therapy

Activities involving horses can be used as therapy to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching physical and mental health, and cognitive, social, behavioral and communication goals. The word therapy encompasses three 3 approaches: riding therapy, developmental riding therapy and hippotherapy.

Riding Therapy uses riding skills to assist the rider in reaching therapeutic goals such as social skills, improved sitting and balance as well as self-confidence. In this approach, these types of goals would take precedence over the basic goal of learning to ride.

Developmental Riding Therapy works hand in hand with the field of education. Health and educational professionals have found that this approach is very useful for individuals who have impaired motor, mobility, perception, cognition, behavior, mental health and language skills. This approach also assists an individual’s sensory integration.

Hippotherapy, directly translated means therapy using the horse (Greek word “hippo” means horse.) This domain of therapeutic riding is specific to individuals who have movement disorders. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists use this type of therapy to specifically improve the individuals posture, balance, mobility and function.

Education

In this area, therapeutic riding instructors work with educational professionals to plan and implement a riding program with an educational focus. Educational therapy assists individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, psychological and/or sensory impairments to achieve educational goals.

Sport, recreation and leisure

Sport activities on horseback, can be easily adapted to fit individuals with physical, intellectual, developmental, learning, sensory and psychological disabilities. Therapeutic riding from a sport perspective offers a wealth of therapeutic, psychological, educational and social benefits.

Therapeutic riding offers a gratifying way to receive recreation and leisure. The emphasis is on social and physical well being and the simple intrinsic enjoyment of these activities.