Physical, occupational, or speech therapy, prescribed by a physician and delivered by a team that includes a licensed, specially-trained therapist. The horse’s movement is essential to assist in meeting therapy goals. The horse’s natural three-dimensional movement mimics a typical human gait creating a gentle rhythmic movement that aides in improving overall balance, strength, muscle control and tone, motor development and coordination. A one-on-one treatment designed to achieve individual therapeutic goals. Treatment, depending upon the facilities, generally occurs year-round until the client meets discharge criteria. There is direct hands-on participation by the therapist at all times. The treating therapist continually assesses and modifies therapy based on the client’s responses. Equine-assisted physical, occupational or speech therapy is reimbursable by most medical insurance (third party).
Speech Therapists help children with communication disorders. Communication disorders can include, but are not limited to: apraxia,articulation disorders, language-based learning disabilities, language processing disorders, speech and language delays in young children,stuttering and/or voice disorders.
Recreational horseback riding lessons adapted to individuals with disabilities. Completed by a professional horseback-riding instructor in conjunction with volunteers. The individual is often taught riding skills in a group format, which runs in “sessions.” The instructor must respond to the group as a whole, in addition to fostering individual success. There is occasional hands-on assistance by the riding instructor and/or volunteers, but the instructor usually teaches from the center of the arena. The emphasis is on proper riding position and rein skills, not functional therapeutic goals. Horses have been screened to make sure they have the appropriate temperament for the job. Because therapeutic riding is an adaptive/recreational/sport activity, not therapy, it is not covered by insurance.
Private Riding Lessons: For ages 7+, an hour long private lesson with one of our highly skilled instructors. Students help groom and tack up the horse (~15min.), ride (~40min.), and untack(~5min.) at the end of their lesson. Students will advance through the various stages of riding as their instructor sees fit. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student. All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced! $60 per lesson