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Equine Therapy

Therapeutic Riding Programs

Therapeutic Riding and Theapeutic Horsemanship provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to improve their health, independence and well-being while engaging in an enjoyable outdoor recreational activity.    Benefits go far beyond the basic physical conditioning required for riding.  Sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each client and can encompass many other aspects including lanugage and cognitive skills, acceptable social behavoir, and developing empathy and a sense of responsibility.   

Benefits from participating in these sessions are:

    • Sequencing and problem solvingtherapeutic-equine-therapy
    • Choice-making and goal-setting skills
    • Increased muscle strength
    • Increased range of motion and muscle tone                                   
    • Improved gross and fine motor skills
    • Balance
    • Posture and coordination
    • Increased self-confidence 
    • Improved language skills

 In addition, equine-assisted therapy provides cardiovascular benefits by raising heart rates:

    • 120 beats/minute at a walk
    • 140 beats/minute at a trot
    • 160 beats/minute at a canter

 Disabilities Served by Therapeutic Riding:

    • Amputation
    • Attention Deficit Disordertherapuetic-horseback-riding
    • Autism                                                     
    • Brain Injuries
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Closed Head Injury
    • Developmental Delay
    • Downs Syndrome
    • Emotional Disorders
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Mental Retardation
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Paralysis
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Scoliosis
    • Spina Bifida
    • Stroke
    • Vision Impairment



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