Why Equestrian Therapy?
Therapeutic horseback riding offers a unique way to develop flexibility, balance & coordination, and muscle strength. Nowhere else but at centers like TEC can specially abled riders find a team approach to learning how to make the most of their abilities. The rider, the horse, the volunteers and the instructor all contribute to the experience. The physical therapy aspect of riding is well known – riding is a perfect way to develop balance and coordination, core strength and muscle tone. Further, the interaction between horse and rider is a very personal one, yet is utterly non-judgemental. The horse responds to the rider in a unique way, building the rider’s confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and social skills. Equine-assisted therapy benefits the rider:
Physically: the horse’s movement has a dynamic effect on the rider’s body
Sensorially: the horse and riding environment offers a wide variety of sensory input to the participants
Emotionally: overcoming fear and anxiety and the ability to achieve riding skills help riders increase self-esteem
Cognitively: the horse provides a strong motivator for riders. Riding sessions incorporate activities and games on horseback designed to help each rider achieve specific goals.
Socially: the riding program and associated activities provide an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with their peers, program volunteers and with the staff in a positive and enjoyable environment.
The Therapeutic Equestrian Center specializes in helping children with a variety of challenges rise to their full potential. Through individual and group therapy, socialization and participatory activities, our kids gain self- confidence, physical strength and balance and improve their hand-eye coordination. Our riders come to us with a wide variety of conditions including ADD or other Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay or Disability, Downs Syndrome, Emotional, Behavioral, or Mental Health issues, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disability, Mental Retardation, Speech Impairment, Spina Bifida, Stroke, and Visual Impairment. The common ground is that ALL of our kids have potential to exceed their own and others’ expectations, and horseback riding therapy is one of the best ways to bring out their full potential. Through small group and individual therapy, we help our kids join society, socialize, gain life skills and have fun!
Equestrian therapy offers adult riders the opportunity to overcome a lifetime of obstacles or a newfound challenge. From injuries to mental health challenges to genetic disorders, equine therapy is uniquely suited to the challenges of getting an adult “back in the saddle.” We provide therapy for a variety of disorders including ADD or other Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay or Disability, Downs Syndrome, Emotional, Behavioral, or Mental Health issues, Head Trauma/Brain Injury, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disability, Mental Retardation, Speech Impairment, Spina Bifida, Stroke, and Visual Impairment.
In cooperation with NAHRA’s Horses for Heroes Program and the Veterans Administration, TEC is proud to announce the start of its Veterans Services Program. TEC now provides equestrian therapy for our wounded warriors suffering from physical and psychological stress, injury and trauma. Our individual and small-group classes help veterans regain trust, social skills/balance and can provide direct physical therapy for injury. Learn more here.