Equine Assisted Horsemanship and Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Horsemanship

Riding lessons at the barn are taught by Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. Lessons focus on proper riding position and riding skills. The strategies for riding skills are adapted based on the abilities of the rider. The rider is taught how to use their body to influence the horse's movement.

Equine Assisted Therapy

Occupational therapy sessions are conducted by a licensed Occupational Therapist with specific training on how to safely incorporate the movement of the horse. The goal of therapy sessions is to improve neurological functioning in cognition, body movement, organization, and attention levels to improve function in all environments. Horses provide a rhythmic 3D pattern of movement that is used in an intentional manner to enhance responses to therapy.

How do I decide which is right for my child?

If your child is unable to enroll in horseback riding lessons at a traditional riding program due to their disability or special circumstance, then therapeutic horseback riding could be a good fit. An evaluation will be done to determine if your child can participate in and benefit from therapeutic riding.

Do you have specific goals that require the expertise of an Occupational Therapist? If yes, you will need a referral for OT services from a doctor and we will provide an evaluation to determine if this is an appropriate treatment strategy.

Still not sure which is right for your child? No worries! Just complete the form below and we can discuss it more with you when you come out for the initial evaluation. The initial evaluation is the same for both.