Therapeutic Riding Program

What is therapeutic riding?

Therapeutic riding is horseback riding for children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional challenges. The horse and equine-oriented activities are used to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals, including cognitive, physical, emotional, social, educational, and behavioral goals.

Therapeutic riding is practiced in some form in most countries in the world. It was first seen to help those with physical disabilities, with England recognizing riding for the disabled as a beneficial form of therapy for wounded soldiers in WWI. In the last 15 years or so it was also recognized to help those with so-called hidden disabilities. The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) in the U.S. puts forward a model that incorporates therapy, education, sport, and recreation/ leisure activities. The therapeutic riding program shares Springpoint's philosophy, which is to have individuals achieve their potential. This is done through teaching skills and providing a fun and recreational activity.

Why the Horse:

The horse's walk is rhythmic and repetitive, encouraging movement responses in riders that are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. The bond that comes from interaction with the horse motivates riders. For some participants, riding a horse gives them a chance to have mastery over something significant, when they often have little opportunity for control in their lives.


Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

  • Improves self-confidence and self discipline.
  • Improves self-confidence and self discipline.
  • Helps develop trust.
  • Improves judgment and decision making.
  • Enhances confidence and teaches leadership skills.
  • Enhances communication.
  • Enhances self-esteem.
  • Teaches new recreational skills.
  • Helps develop turn-taking skills and teaches how to follow directions.
  • Improves courage.
  • Develops cooperatio.n
  • Leads to independence.
  • Improves motor skills such as developing spatial organization.
  • Improves strength, enhances coordination, improves flexibility, improves balance and posture.
  • Strengthened muscles and better stamina, greater range of motion.
  • Improves sequencing skills.
  • Helps with sensory integration.

Most Important of All - Working with horses is FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Is Therapeutic Riding right for you or your loved one?

  • We work with your support staff, physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist or special educator to build the best program for your needs.
  • We have a Special Education Director on staff with over 20 years experience.
  • Can we work with ADD/ADHD? Yes!!! Riding teaches focusing, concentrating, multi-tasking, and sequencing - and it is an 'active' activity that is fun.
  • PTSD and trauma survivors find power and peace when they build a relationship with the horse.

Autism and Therapeutic Riding

Below are two article resources on Autism.

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