Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy and its benefits have been recognized for many years. It is a proven method of increasing the physical, mental, emotional and developmental abilities for individuals with disabilities.

Through riding, there is a healing interaction between the horse, rider, and volunteer. Riding encourages: cognitive activity, sensory integration, correct muscle tone, gross and fine motor skills, increased physical stamina, proper posture, independence, social skills, emotional stability, vocalization, and smiles. Riding a horse can create dramatic and lasting benefits.







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Therapeutic Riding


Why the Horse?

A horse's walk is both rhythmic and repetitive, encouraging movement responses in riders that are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. Because of the interaction with a horse, riding may establish a bond that is motivating to riders. For some individuals, riding a horse gives them a chance to have mastery over something significant when they often have little opportunity for control in their lives.

Programs

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding offers people with special needs a chance to learn confidence, leadership, companionship, and responsibility through equine
oriented activities. Individuals will learn horsemanship skills in a small group setting of 5 students or less, age 5 thru adult. Lessons are conducted by instructors who are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int'l. We offer classes in an indoor or outdoor arena, and awesome wooded trails.

Mental Health Program:

Our Hope and Horses mental health program offers an opportunity for those who face challenges from acute stress to chronic and persistent conditions. The human-horse interaction and bond allows for profound insight in a way that traditional counseling can not. This service is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who is also PATH certified in Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning. Please call us if you would like more information on Hope and Horses.

Additional Services

We also offer group tours of barn, speakers for events or meetings, college internships, and service learning hours. Call us for details, 816-808-1209.


Physical Benefits

• Improved balance
• Strengthened muscles
• Improved coordination, faster reflexes,
better motor planning
• Stretching of tight or spastic muscles
• Decreased spasticity
• Increased range of motion of the joint
• Reduction of abnormal movement patterns
• Improved respiration and circulation
• Improved appetite and digestion
• Sensory integration


Social Benefits

• General sense of well-being
• Improved self confidence
• Increased interest in the outside world
• Increased interest in one's own life
• Improved risk taking
• Development of patience
• Emotional control & self discipline
• Sense of normalcy
• Expansion of locus control


Language Benefit

• Improved intonation, articulation, and voice
• Improved oral motor function
• Decreased drooling
• Improved reasoning skills
• Improved attention
• Increased verbal output
• Increa
se in vocabulary



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