Riding Activities and Therapies
Lessons involve a team that typically includes proficient horse leaders, trained side-walkers, and carefully selected horses. Independent riders may not need as much assistance.
What are Equine-assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT)? EAAT involve exercises, activities, and games on or off a horse. The term "EAAT" is synonymous with the term "Therapeutic Horsemanship." The two terms are interchangeable.
Every client has unique individual goals. Some goals are simply recreational, as the client enjoys the process of developing skills to proficiently ride/handle a horse. Some clients even participate in special riding competitions.
Therapeutic goals focus on improvements in sensory integration, coordination, speech, mental health, educational performance, and social behavior. Lesson plans are designed for the individual, often in consultation with the client’s therapists, educators, and medical professionals.
The term “Therapy” is only used when the client is involved in “Hippotherapy." Hippotherapy involves a licensed therapist, who is present and active during the session.
Non- Riding Activities and Therapies
Not all clients will ride a horse; however, effort is made to accommodate those who wish to ride.
A vast array of equine activities, games, and therapies are available to non-riders, focusing on improvements in sensory integration, muscle fitness, coordination, educational performance, mental health, speech, and social behavior.
Horses tend to mirror our emotions, and much can be gained from the interaction with a horse. Interaction with a horse is often said to be “therapeutic". A relationship is developed between human and horse.
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
The program serves adults and children who have physical, emotional, mental, and educational disabilities. Not all clients must or can ride a horse; however, effort is made to accommodate those who wish to ride. A vast array of activities, games, and therapies are available to non-riders. Our PATH Intl certified Instructors design lesson plans for the goals and needs of each individual client, often with input from the client's therapists, health care providers, and educators.