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Benefits of Participation

Equine-assisted therapy offers a wide variety of benefits for people living with physical or mental disabilities.

Therapeutic Riding |  2022 Participant Feedback

It's more than riding a horse-- it's a bonding process between the riders and the horses, the riders and the other riders, and the riders and the staff. We are family!

Therapeutic Riding Participant

Hippotherapy |  2022 Participant Feedback

Our son is on the spectrum, there are very few outdoor activities he enjoys, this has been a gift from God. He loves coming here, adores the staff, and is always happy after we finish. We have increased our rides from one every two weeks to weekly. Thank you all for
everything you do here.

Occupational Therapy Participant Parent

Physical Benefits

Clients experience a variety of physical benefits with regular participation depending on their diagnoses and body condition, including and not limited to …

  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Enhanced body awareness and proprioception
  • Improved posture and postural control
  • Normalization of muscle tone
  • Improved respiratory control
  • Decreased pain
  • Improvements in both fine and gross motor coordination

Psychological & Social Benefits

Participants also experience a variety of mental health benefits depending on their diagnoses, personal goals and the programs they participate in, including …

  • Expanded social support networks and opportunities for social engagement
  • Improved communication and relationship building skills
  • Enhanced sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and accomplishment
  • Improved sequencing tasks, visual coordination and understanding of visual cues
  • Enriched attention and focus
  • Enhanced tactile responses and response time
  • Increased ability to express thoughts and needs
  • Decreases in symptoms of depression, feelings of isolation & loneliness
  • Improved emotional regulation & coping skills
  • Opportunities for intergenerational interactions and social stimulation
  • Increased assertiveness and perseverance
  • Opportunities to identify, learn and implement healthy coping skills

It is a delight to see the enthusiastic response when someone with special needs mounts high on a horse. The world looks different from that height. Controlling that powerful animal is fulfilling, especially for someone with disabilities.

Bill, Parent of a Participant

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