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Riding a horse has proved to be beneficial to children and adults with mild to severe neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction such as:
 
  • Alcohol & other addictions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Speech-Language Disorders
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Stroke
 
Riding a horse can both strengthen and develop weak muscles or relax right, spastic ones. The even cadence of a horse's stride simulates the normal motion of walking, thus encouraging these movements in the rider. Riding also improves posture, balance and coordination.
 
Recreational riding uses contact with the horse to provide a unique emotional component for people with special needs. For perhaps the first time, these riders are in "control" of their environment. In addition, the back of a friendly horse gives participants a new perspective of their world and a renewed motivation that is carried into their everyday lives.
 
Each individual must fill out an application for riding, a medical history form and have a doctor's prescription to ride. Each rider will then be assessed and an individualized plan for rider will be established.
 
The Cost per session is $25, which includes a horse matched with the rider's abilities, all tack, side-walkers, and an instructor. No more than three horses will be in the area at one time for optimum safety of the rider.