Adaptive Horseback Riding
Adaptive horseback riding is an equine-assisted service that contributes positively to the physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being of people with disabilities.
Adaptive horseback riding provides a broad spectrum of support for children and adults with disabilities and hardship including Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, cognitive and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, trauma and more. Physical benefits include improvement in joint mobility, balance and coordination, relaxation of spasticity, increased muscle tone, and improved eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Cognitive function is enhanced through improved communication and learning, concentration, and spatial awareness. Social and emotional growth is achieved through enhanced self-image and confidence, developing self-control skills, and motivation to set and achieve goals. Learning horseback riding skills can improve overall life skills and enhance each individual's overall quality of life.
Lessons are conducted by PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. The program serves individuals 5 years of age or older.
Adaptive horseback riding is offered in 1 hour group lessons or 30-minute private lessons weekly. In addition to horseback riding, activities may include grooming, tacking, untacking, and equine care. Participant fees are $50 each group or private lesson and are offered in lesson session blocks ranging from 6 to 15 weeks throughout the year. Individuals are requred to complete a Participant Application Package with a physician's referral for to participate in our adaptive horseback riding program.
For more information, contact Sara Zurenko, Program Director: Sara.Zurenko@southernreins.org.