Therapeutic Riding Program
All riders benefit from the physical aspects of horseback riding. Physically, the walking motion of the horse mimics that of the human gait, forcing the trunk to move in the same fashion. This motion exercises and strengthens the trunk, neck and leg muscles and also produces a calming effect on the rider. The sensory benefits of equine movement can last for hours, days following, or as little as 20 minutes.
With individuals that have mental or emotional disorders we are able to use the horse as a modality to work on special needs and therapy. A physical therapist may be consulted and offer “hands on” assistance in positioning and recommending activities for riders.
Riders may play games on horseback, perform gymnastic movements on the back of a horse, learn dressage, or go for a trail ride. These activities are geared to improve and support the individual goals of the riders, their families and therapists.