Therapeutic Horseback Riding

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) offers Year-Round Therapeutic Riding at a small percentage of our cost.

PATH Intl. Certified Instructors conduct safe effective therapeutic riding lessons. An assessment of each rider before each lesson begins to determine their level of skill and understanding regarding safety, horse care and riding. This information allows the Instructor to select horses, volunteers and equipment for the safest and most constructive experience.

The Riders learn how to properly groom and tack their horses with the guidance of trained volunteers and once mounted, begin with warm up exercises which challenge their balance and strength. Riders find the lessons so much fun they do not realize how much work they accomplish.

Confidence grows through their interactions with horses, volunteers, and PATH Intl. Certified Instructional staff, Riders learn skills toward independent horsemanship, while also working on individual physical, cognitive, social and emotional goals which positively affect their quality of life.

Team building activity, where Riders incorporate skills learned in the body of the lesson, conclude the lesson. Each Rider’s goals in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains are unique to them and are carefully monitored throughout the riding sessions.

Therapeutic Riding and Horses Promotes:

Freedom of Movement.
• Horse’s Movement. and Gait Mirrors Our Own, Building Muscle Strength, Flexibility and Independence.
Empowerment of the Rider.
• Improved Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and
• A Sense of Accomplishment.
Academic Achievement.
• Greater Ability of Focus and Stay on Task
• Promotes and Encourages Social Skills and Self Expression.
• Increased Problem Solving Ability
• Helps Calm the Nervous System.
Emotional Well-being.
• Special Connection Between Horse and Rider.
• Horses Mirror Our Emotions.
• Horses are Fun! 

TEC serves a variety of individuals with special needs. For example:

• Autism
• Down Syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy
• Hearing Impairment
• Visual Impairment
• Speech Impairment
• Developmental Delay
• Learning Disabilities
• Emotional and Behavior Challenges
• Paralysis
Just to name a few.