Participants with a wide array of physical and cognitive disabilities are welcome to join this exceptional program. Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with the individual’s physical, social, educational, cognitive, and recreational goals in mind.
An integrated team that includes a PATH-certified instructor and dedicated volunteers work with the rider to promote the success, the freedom, and the dignity that can be experienced through therapeutic horsemanship. It is our passion to expand our clients’ abilities and help them to reach their greatest levels of independence.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
- Improvement in cognitive skills
- Improvement in social skills
- Improvement in behavioral skills
- Increased emotional well-being
- Reduction of sensory disorders
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased balance, motor control, and coordination
- Increased focus and learning capacity
- Increased physical strength
Lessons are designed with the individual rider's goals and needs in mind. Classes are 30-45 minutes in length and clients attend once a week. All potential participants undergo a comprehensive in-take process that involves completion of registration forms, which includes a physician's release form and an evaluation. Horses and students are matched to complement personality, ability and developmental needs of the client.
Therapeutic Riding serves people with, but are not limited to: Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Downs Syndrome, Hearing and Vision Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Speech Delay.
What is my next step?
Equine Facilitated Learning
Participants engage in hands on learning that utilizes the horse as a partner in exploring positive development of communication, self-respect, confidence, trust, accountability, and conflict resolution. Sessions incorporate a variety of ground work and general horsemanship activities such as grooming, leading, and herd observation.
Classes are led by PATH Intl. Certified Equine Instructors who collaborate with mental health, learning professionals, and community volunteers.
Participants engage in a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes the movement of the horse as part of an integrated intervention program.
What is my next step?
A Special Program Offered at the Ranch:
Hands on Equine Assisted Ranch Therapy is an innovative program for young teens that are living in a temporary group home. The H.E.A.R.T program strives to create: positive youth engagement, foster social integration, build life skills, and help to create a sense of belonging. The goal is for these special teens to incorporate program elements in their daily lives so they can be healthy, happy and ultimately productive members of society.