Therapeutic Riding Program
Horseback riding is one of the few recreational activities other than swimming that is truly physically therapeutic. Horseback riding requires involvement of the whole body and utilizes every muscle and joint. Sitting astride a horse helps stretch shortened muscles and increase range of motion. At the same time the movement and warmth of a horse can be soothing helping spastic muscles to relax and stimulating and rebuilding underused ones. Exercises that would be tedious in the clinical setting become exciting and fun in thies surroundings. Lessons incorporate exercise ranging from simple stretching to turning around-the-world in the saddle, games and occasional trail ride's lend interest and variety.
The benefits the benefits of horseback riding are both mental and physical our program:
• Builds confidence and self-esteem
• Develops coordination and balance
• Affords freedom of mobility
• Offers outdoor fun and accomplishment
• Allows riders to develop horsemanship skills and
independence to the extent that each individual is capable.
Therapeutic riding benefits riders with:
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Brain injury
• Cerebral Palsy
• Down Syndrome
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Spinal Bifida
• Mental Retardation
• Visual & Hearing Impaired
• At Risk
Equestrian therapy is horse back riding for the disabled. By combining equestrian techniques with concepts of physical therapy we create therapeutic riding for mentally and physically disabled people rather than the routine of the outdoor of other therapies questioning therapy is practiced in atmosphere of fun and sport the rider learns traditional horsemanship skills to control the horse thus increasing his or her self-esteem as well as improving their physical abilities.