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The Equestrian Therapy Program is a Premier Center accredited by The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association Inc. We serve both children and adults. 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.
Who Do we Help?
Riding has proven effective as recreational; therapy in the treatment of various disabilities including:
Riding is particularly beneficial for students with impaired motor function. With each step a horse takes he produces over one hundred different movements thus moving the rider’s pelvis in a way that mimics walking. The movement of the horse both relaxes and stimulates unused muscles, building muscle tone and improving coordination and balance.
Riding gives a tremendous boost to self-image, especially for those with learning disabilities and developmental delays which involves various perception problems. Our riders experience “Wow I can do it”, a wonderful 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.
Riding also provides love and reassurance. For the emotionally impaired, the fuzzy and friendly quality of horses serves as 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.
Classes are held at Fassett Farm, which is owned by The Equestrian Therapy Program, where riders enjoy both indoor and outdoor arenas, as well as woods and trails. Our classes are an hour in length. We also provide Hippotherapy, which is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse. A trained physical, occupational or speech therapist works one on one with the client using the horse as the therapeutic tool.
With the recent addition of heat in the indoor arena, our Program now runs year-round. Our students are referred to us through area hospitals, schools, therapists and physicians. Visitors are always welcome, but must be accompanied by a staff member, so please call first to arrange a time for a visit. We love having visitors and sharing the wonderful magic that occurs at The Equestrian Therapy Program.