About Therapeutic Riding

About Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Jonathan High FiveTherapeutic riding, a widely practiced form of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), offers the opportunity for the rider to view and experience the world in a unique manner—from astride a powerful horse. The freedom and movement gained by mounted horse activities may elevate the rider’s perspective in a profound way. The rider may see broadened possibilities for independence, improved ability to communicate directions and feelings, and enhanced self-esteem resulting from accomplishing challenging but attainable goals.

While on the horse, riding at a rhythmic walk offers repetitive motion similar to that which occurs when one walks. This allows the rider the ability to receive input to muscles and nerves in a manner difficult to find in other settings. Muscles engage in ways not required with usual routines. As a result of therapeutic horseback riding, strength, balance, and coordination may improve.

For those participants in our program needing to gain more confidence around a horse prior to mounted activities, or for those who simply desire the benefits derived by simply spending time in the company of a horse while grooming and learning safe handling from the ground, un-mounted activities are a fulfilling option. The potential to form a meaningful bond with the horse offers the possibility of a rich relationship filled with trust and joy; this is sometimes difficult to find elsewhere.

Each eight week session in our therapeutic riding and horsemanship program is designed to enhance the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of each individual participant. Whether astride or beside a horse, participants in our program enjoy the support of thoughtful, professional, and caring guidance and support in a calm, safe, and healing space. We invite you to begin exploring the world in the company of a horse! Learn about our programs.

LOARC provides these equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT):

  • Grooming & tacking
  • Ground work
  • Therapeutic riding

The following challenges may benefit from EAAT and are served at LOARC:

  • ADD or other Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Amputee
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay or Disability
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Conditions/Disorders
  • Head Trauma/Brain Injury
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disability

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