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About the Equestrian Therapy Program at Fassett Farm

The Equestrian Therapy Program has been touching lives in our eleven-county area since 1982. Our non-profit charitable corporationĀ is a premier center accredited by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Our Instructors receive specialized training and certification which enables them to provide our students with activities that exercise the spirit, as well as the mind and body.

Riding has proven effective as recreational therapy in the treatment of various disabilities including:

Cerebral Palsy
Autism
Mental Retardation
Down Syndrome
Muscular Dystrophy
Paralysis
Brain Injuries
Multiple Sclerosis
Learning Disabilities
Spina Bifida
Sight Impairment
Hearing Impairment
Developmental Delay
Emotional Disabilities

Riding is particularly beneficial for students with impaired motor function. The movement of the horse both relaxes and stimulates unused muscles, building muscle tone and improving coordination and balance.

Boosts Self-Image

Riding gives a tremendous boost to self-image, especially for those with learning disabilities and developmental delays which involve various perception problems. "Wow, I can do it!"- a tremendous feeling that they can do something as well if not better than anyone else! For many, this is the first time in their lives that they've felt this way.

Provides Love and Reassurance

For the emotionally impaired, the fuzzy and friendly quality of horses serves a marvelous purpose. The petting, grooming and mounting - all on a horse who stands quietly - then riding in a safe environment, surrounded by people who are caring and friendly, provides a reassuring basis for developmental gains.

Offers Incentives

Many of our students are able to learn to mount, walk, trot, canter, do all the excercises, dismount, "run up the irons," and put the horse away. For many, riding becomes the most important part of their lives, and their interest in horses provides new incentives for learning. Their vocabulary increases and they develop a desire to learn more about horses. Our four-legged friends do more than carry our riders, they inspire the heart.

Not only are our four-legged friends important, but equally important are our two-legged friends, YOU! The Equestrian Therapy Program would not be possible without volunteers. The volunteer is one of the most important components in the riding program.

FYI

Our Program saves Ray's/Chiefs receipts... the receipt has "Community Cash" at the top and runs during the school year.

The Equestrian Therapy Program is now signed up with the search engine www.goodsearch.com. When you go to this site, type in The Equestrian Therapy Program and we will earn a penny for every search you make.

The Equestrian Therapy Program now accepts credit cards.

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