A PATH-certified riding instructor works with clients who benefit from horseback riding as an enjoyable, fun experience. Additional benefits include a sense of pride and accomplishment in learning how to control their horse. Personal achievement translates into improved confidence and self-esteem. Depending on ability, riders may advance to the level of riding independently. Along with learning to ride comes an opportunity to enjoy the magical bond that occurs between horse and human.
Our program has volunteer physical and occupational therapists who use the horse as a tool to improve posture, balance, mobility, and function of clients with disabilities. Riders positively respond to the movement and warmth of the therapy horse. Horses are tested for their ability to tolerate various equipment and rider positions so that each session is challenging yet fun and safe.
Therapeutic riding can benefit persons with cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, autism, Down’s syndrome, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Anyone with a disability is welcome to participate. Individuals are advised to obtain their doctor’s permission and must complete all required forms before participating:
Information Letter to Participants (contains important rider information, please read!)