Provides training in horsemanship and therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities (physical, mental, emotional, speech, and learning) and for persons diagnosed with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses. Lessons are designed for the client’s specific needs and focus on skills and exercises to enhance the client’s quality of life. There is no charge for our Spring and Fall Therapeutic Riding Sessions. Please click this link http://hfh.redvixen.com/intakeForm.html to get on the reservation/waiting list for our FREE therapeutic riding program.
We also offer a fee based lesson program for high-functioning special needs riders. Click here for more information.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
You may wonder what are the benefits of therapeutic riding. The physical benefits of riding take place as the movement of the horse is transferred in to the passive body of the rider. The three dimensional swinging gait of the horse causes the riders pelvis, trunk and shoulder girdle to react in ways very similar to those of a natural human walking gait. The gentle movement of the horse stimulates a natural instinct for the riders to balance themselves and maintain good posture. The riders typically go through a series of exercises that help to reduce spasticity, increase strength, coordination, flexibility and muscle control. Imagine the feeling of riding a horse for someone usually confined to a wheelchair.
Cognitively the riders develop their memory, their ability to concentrate, communication skills, the ability to plan and problem solve. As the rider’s skills develop their self-esteem and confidence increases and they are encouraged to set higher goals for themselves. They are thrilled when they realize they can maneuver their horse through obstacle courses and compete in the games, races and activities during the riding lessons. The riders experience success and accomplishment which transfers into other areas of their lives as they realize they are capable of achieving challenging new goals.