Moving As One
Our equine center provides both therapeutic and recreation-focused programs that impact a rider’s emotional, cognitive, physical, and mental health. Individual and group equine programs are available to those of all ages and abilities, including elders, toddlers, veterans, and those experiencing physical or mental challenges.
Whether you are an experienced rider, have always wanted to take lessons, or simply need extra support to ride, our staff will develop a customized program to fit your riding skill level.
Research shows that the walking pattern of a horse is similar to that of a human in motion. When a rider sits astride a walking horse, the movement transferred from the horse to the rider can assist in developing improved pelvic mobility, postural control, weight shift, timing/fluidity needed for coordination, rhythm/sensory regulation, and much more. Equine movement is especially effective in that, the total number of imposed challenges to the rider’s pelvis and spine can be more effective than traditional clinical tools, such as a physioball, balance board, an exercise program, etc.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Genetic Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Sensory Integration Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Down syndrome
- Impaired balance
- Impaired coordination (rhythm, timing)
- Impaired motor planning
- Impaired postural control and movement patterns
- Impaired sensorimotor function
- Impaired mobility/gait
- Muscle tightness
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired regulation of arousal and attention
Our Equine Programs
Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational, or speech therapy, using a horse as a healing medium. As the walking pattern of a horse is similar to that of a human in motion, the movement transferred from horse to rider can have a multitude of benefits, including developing muscle tone, postural control, coordination, and much more. Our therapists work on goals that teach skills needed for successful participation in school, at home, and in the community.
Our adaptive riding lessons are designed to teach the fundamentals of horseback riding. Students learn the basics of how to steer, halt, walk, trot and canter. Once riders have the basics, they are able to try different styles, including English and Western, regardless of skill level or ability. Riders can also learn how to saddle seat, a form of English Riding.
Vaulting is the art of gymnastics on horseback and combines the two in a unique way that is fun and exciting for both participants and onlookers. The benefits and challenges of the sport may be adapted to the needs of all ages and abilities. Adaptive vaulting participants are coached in compulsory and freestyle movements virtually identical to those used at the highest levels of competitive vaulting adapted to the needs and skill levels of all ages and abilities.
Whether you have always wanted to learn to ride or want to improve your skills, we will work with you to build a customized equine experience. Our equine programs are open to anyone interested in riding. We offer private and group riding sessions, and have day and evening slots available year-round. Please fill out the form below to learn more and a member of our team will be in touch.