Therapeutic Riding includes horseback riding and other activities with horses that can improve the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. For people with disabilities, experiencing the rhythmic motion of a horse can provide improved flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Furthermore, horseback riding also provides the natural benefits of outdoor recreation.
Learning about and riding horses can help people develop life skills. These skills include identifying and coping with feelings, developing communication and interpersonal skills, setting boundaries, overcoming fears and learning to trust. People, especially those with mental illness or addictions, can benefit greatly from riding horses.
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes the movement of horses. The walk of a horse is rhythmic and repetitive, and this serves as a foundation to improve an individual’s sensory processing. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate, alleviate stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Therapists have found that hippotherapy is beneficial for people with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and Learning or Language Disabilities. Hippotherapy also helps people struggling with addictions.
Horses for Heroes
Exciting information about this program is coming soon.
The new Starbrite facility will afford us the capability to enrich our volunteer program to include education to volunteers who are gaining skills to begin a career in the field of therapeutic horsemanship.