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What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is an activity using the assistance of a horse or donkey for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation & leisure.
Therapeutic Riding involves a certified instructor, with trained volunteers, assisting riders to achieve therapeutic and other life goals, acquire horsemanship skills, and establish a special bond with their horse. It is the horse’s three-dimensional stride which makes Therapeutic Riding such an effective therapeutic tool.
Students ages 4 – adult are welcome.
To learn more about HART and the benefits therapeutic riding provides, please contact us
Michael is a HART student who has been in our program since the beginning. He has overcome numerous cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges throughout his life and his mother says, “The horses bring out the best in him”. Michael has graduated from our program and now uses his confidence and skills to volunteer for HART. “Prior to a lesson Michael was volunteering at, Lilly Dots, the horse he was leading, stopped and laid her head over his shoulder. Michael leaned in and started to caress her muzzle.” Michael’s mother explains, “This is probably the only time I have ever seen Michael show affection”.
“I just never imagined she would come this far. I thought it would fizzle out with her like most things. Her socializing, confidence in herself, and her enjoyment in going every week is wonderful to see. She will say “horse” throughout the week in her wanting to go. It is very much a positive activity in her life. It’s just so neat to see her enjoy something and want to continue to do it."
Katherine’s mother says, “When Katherine first started riding at HART, two years ago, I held my breath waiting for her to have a meltdown as she was given one challenge after the next. I waited and watched with amazement as Kim and the volunteers asked more and more from her and moments of frustration gave way to determination as Katherine repeated each challenge until she accomplished what was being asked of her. HART has increased Katherine’s confidence, taught her how to be patient with herself and navigate frustration, as well as expanded her horizon. I can’t imagine her life without this wonderful program.”
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