Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Program
Our therapeutic riding and horsemanship program is an original program and continues to be the heart of the ministry. Participants age 5 to adults are paired with a lead volunteer and an equine friend for their session. Lead Volunteers are mature Christian adults with a heart for our vision and mission. The horse that is used depends on the participant’s experience and comfort with horses.
The program is six weeks long. The sessions are approximately one hour. The session may include ranch chores, grooming, tacking, ground work with the horse and riding. The relationship the participant builds with the horse and instructor is key to gaining confidence and abilities.
This program can benefit children and adults with a variety of backgrounds. Horseback riding has been shown to benefit those with muscular-skeletal issues, neurological disorders, brain-injury, memory issues, self-esteem issues, traumatic backgrounds, anger issues, and attachment problems.
Some of the benefits of the program include:
Increased strength and balance
Increased listening skills
Increase in Social Interactions
Improved memory function
Improved attentiveness and lowered impulsiveness
Increased Cognitive Functioning