What kind of equine therapeutic activities are available?
We offer therapeutic horseback riding both in an arena and on the trail as well as ground lessons with the horses such as grooming, tacking, horse care and much more.
How does riding on a horse provide therapeutic physical benefits?
When a horse is walking its gait duplicates the three dimensional movement of the human hips while walking. For those individuals who cannot walk, or cannot walk without assistance, sitting astride a horse allows the body to be moved as if it is walking normally. This movement increases blood flow, strengthens muscles, stimulates the brain and other vital organs and improves over-all fitness. In addition, the rider’s body needs to stabilize on a mobile platform, so core trunk strength is developed, resulting in improved balance.
What types of special needs individuals can benefit from equine assisted activities?
Equine assisted activities benefit individuals with a wide range of special needs including, but not limited to: Amputations (both upper and lower limb); paraplegia; quadriplegia; traumatic brain injury; visual and auditory impairments; post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Are there other benefits to Equine Assisted Activities?
Absolutely! To name just a few of those benefits: Fun; relaxation; improved self esteem; improved life-skills; a sense of accomplishment; independence; possible participation in competition; and, of course, the joy and satisfaction of interacting with a beautiful, well trained horse.
Who oversees the riding or ground lessons?
Lessons are overseen by instructors certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).