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Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship are activities that include ground and/or mounted experiences. The carefully planned activities are designed for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and appropriate social behaviors of individuals with special needs.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

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Targeted Physical Improvements

  • Balance

  • Coordination

  • Develop core, leg and arm strength

  • Dexterity

  • Flexibility

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Encouraged Cognitive Skills

  • Exercising memory skills

  • Receptive and expressive skills

  • Task analysis

  • Following directions

  • Recognition of cause and effect

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Improved Social Skills and Behaviors

  • Appropriate greeting and recognition of teammates

  • Respect for the horse, volunteers and instructor

  • Making eye contact

  • Empathy for the horse, volunteers and instructor

  • Healthy peer friendships

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Improved Emotional Well-being

  • Regulate impulsivity

  • Improve Confidence and Self Esteem

  • Realistic expectations

  • Experience joy and compassion