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Summer 2016 Programming

Private Lessons

Private lessons are being offered weekly, for 8 weeks from July 4th to August 31st, 2016. Students may take 30 or 60 minute sessions. Private sessions are offered year-round and join a session at any time, based on availability. (Available to the general public in July and August)

Group lessons

The group sessions are offered primarily to students who have been riding previously in private sessions and require therapy in the area of socialization or are motivated by being with others. Not only will the students be motivated by the others in the lesson, but they will also be forming friendships through their common interest-horses! Group sessions are offered weekly, for 8 weeks from July 4th to August 31st, 2016. (Available to the general public in July and August)

Achieve Program

This program is offered in the summer only. The Achieve program is a 4 or 5- day intensive program designed specifically to develop a skill by providing the student with the chance to practice on consecutive days. This is also an attraction for parents who want to keep their child involved in the riding program but don’t want to commit to a weekly lesson due to holiday plans. This is offered at the same cost as the private lessons with one block of 4 or 5 days in July and August. (Available to the general public during July and August)

Day Camps - Fun and exciting way to address motor activities

Interested in pursuing treatment for your child’s/client’s motor and social concerns in a fun and “horsey” environment? This day camp may be for you. Equilibrium Therapeutic riding is now offering the community this 3 hour/day 5 day/week day camp focusing on treating the issues listed above with the use of the horse.

The outline of the camp includes activities designed to address social and motor concerns off and on the horse. One and a half hours are dedicated to riding skills and equestrian therapeutic Voltige (Gymnastics on horseback) the remaining one hour and 30 minutes is dedicated to gross and fine motor development activities and games. Please see Erin for a more exact list of activities. Students will be placed in ability-like groups of three to six with one-on-one staff.

Day Camps for the General Public

Due to an increased demand for a safe, beginner, english riding camp, Equilibrium has decided to offer this for the general public. Day camps can be integrated and students are placed in riding-ability like groups. This is a great option for siblings and family members of special needs riders to learn together! The cost is the same as the other day camp and offered for the same time frame. In addition to riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), horsemanship skills and horsey games and activities are played. Students will be placed in ability-like groups of three to six with one-on-one staff

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.