About Therapeutic Riding

As the legs of these beautiful animals

become the legs of our riders, they are permitted a sense of freedom and mobility seldom experienced elsewhere in their lives. A very special bond is established between horse and rider which encourages unconditional love, trust and self-worth.

When riding a horse, the human body moves as if walking. The slow, rhythmic motion of a horse stimulates the body and works the muscles of the rider in a manner similar to the human stride.  This repetitive motion cannot be duplicated in any clinical setting. Our certified therapeutic riding instructors combine riding skills in lesson plans designed to enhance the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of our riders.

Riders participate in weekly group lessons lead by a certified therapeutic riding instructor.  Volunteers serve as "leaders" and "sidewalkers" to provide physical and emotional support.  The benefits of riding include the following:

  • Strengthening and toning muscles
  • Improving balance and flexibility
  • Enhancing head control and eye/hand coordination
  • Strengthening communication skills (speaking and listening)
  • Improving concentration, patience and self-esteem

Just as important as the benefits above is the feeling of exhiliration many riders feel while on the horse for their weekly sessions.  Having the chance to be on a horse takes the rider to a new and unexplored world, a world that's full of possibilities and hope!

Therapeutic riding has proved to be beneficial for the following:

Neurological Disorders such as:
• Cerebral Palsy
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Spina Bifida
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Epilepsy
• Tourettes
Orthopedic Disabilities such as:
• Amputation
• Arthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Scoliosis
Developmental Disabilities such as:
• Autism
• Intellectual Disability
• Learning Disabilities
• Down Syndrome
• Asperger’s
  Acquired Disabilities such as:
• Cancer
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• CVA/Stroke
Sensory Issues such as:
• Sensory Integration Disorders
• Visual Impairments (Blindness)
• Hearing Impairments (Deafness)
• Autism
Mental Health Issues (Social-Emotional Disorders) such as:
• Depression
• Abuse
• Bi-polar disorder
• Youth at risk
• Anxiety Disorder

Success Stories

Success Story

Giant Steps has given Bridget a newfound confidence.

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Meet our therapists

Our Therapists

Scarlet is our therapist who fosters confidence in her riders.

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