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Therapeutic Horseback Riding

This Innovative technique has been medically proven to be therapeutic when the usage of a large animal is used as a therapeutic mechanism.  We are dedicated to teaching all youth and adults including Veterans, those with Disabilities PSTD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning or Languages Disabilities.

This innovative technique has been medically proven to be a very important activity to rehabilitate individuals who suffer from certain injuries or illnesses. We are dedicated to teaching all youth and adults including but not limited to those with Disabilities, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning or Languages Disabilities. The experience of being on top of a horse moving in a rhythmic manner is physically, mentally and spiritually beneficial to many individuals. This type of riding forces a person’s body to develop; balance, muscle tone, strength and coordination, flexibility, endurance, head and body control, poise, equilibrium reactions and increased circulation depending on a particular individuals needs. Therapeutic riding is not intended to teach riding skills, however, in addition to therapy it provides recreation for those with few recreational opportunities. It has been proven that Therapeutic riding stimulates muscles, nerves and circulation, based on the proven theory that a horse’s gait, at the walk, simulates a person’s pelvic movement. In addition to motor responses, the rider also interacts on different sensory levels; the warmth of the horse; the pressure of the rider’s legs around the animal; and the tactile feel of the horse’s coat, all offer therapeutic benefits. Other benefits include increased self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. When a rider is on a horse he/she feels in control of a large animal. He/she is the tallest person in the barn. All of that adds to making them feel important. Therapeutic riding is an exercise that cannot be duplicated with a machine or by man. The action of riding works every major muscle group in the body and the best part is that nobody realizes that they are working. Some of the students are autistic, have degenerative joint disease, heart conditions or attention-deficit disorders, while others have motor function disorders, such as cerebral palsy. We have had enormous success in paring members with horses. The program provides an all around social integration with members that have had difficulties in these areas; emotional, behavioral, social, mental, and physical.

Youth Horseback Activity

Therapeutic environment is geared to help inner city youths become well rounded and productive citizens in the community.  Equestrian fundamentals training includes that all stabling, feeding and proper grooming of horses, and saddling procedures as part of the general lesson plan.

Veterans

PTSD Foundation of America shares this statistic. Updated 2009 one out of three and 40% will seek help

Currently hundreds of therapeutic riding centers are directly with veterans and with local Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center to provide Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs to wounded VETERANS . One Study published notes that “equine therapy/animal assisted therapy has shown to be effective in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder, conduct  disorders, dissociative disorders and other chronic mental illnesses.