Therapeutic riding is an individualized program of learning to ride a horse which takes into account a person’s physical, mental, and emotional strengths and limitations. The horses, staff, and volunteers involved in therapeutic riding have all been carefully selected and trained to accommodate the physical, mental, or social disabilities of the rider. Goals of therapeutic riding vary as much as the individual participants. Improved physical strength, balance, mobility and coordination are accomplished through the physical act of riding a horse. Increased attention, concentration, learning, and verbal skills are inherent in learning the skills necessary to ride successfully. Bonding with the horse, making new friends, and respecting authority are some of the social improvements we see. Improvements in self-esteem, self-control, and confidence also arise from the experience of success in learning to ride. Winslow offers therapeutic riding lessons continuously throughout the year and individuals may sign up for therapeutic riding lessons at any time. Therapeutic riding is fun and effective!
Individuals interested in Therapeutic Riding lessons may call the Winslow office (845) 986-6686 to schedule an evaluation. An evaluation allows our riding instructors to design a lesson plan that is tailored to each rider’s needs and goals. English, Western and adaptive equipment are available to provide a riding experience suited to each participant. Evaluations are generally done both on and off the horse, and may take 1/2 hour to 1 hour.
To view more about therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities, please visit the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl.’s website.