Therapeutic Riding

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Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding is skill-based equestrian instruction for children and adults with disabilities. The focus of these lessons is skill development and progression while improving the rider’s physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social skills.

Riding a horse provides a multi-dimensional movement pattern similar to the human gait. This motion influences the rider’s body leading to increased flexibility, core strength, motor skills, and intellectual functioning. What makes equine therapy unique is that it does not feel like traditional occupational, physical, or speech therapy to our clients. Horseback riding is an exciting and rewarding sport, and Jaycee’s Horses for Healing provides a fun, enriching, and supportive environment for our riders to reach their potential.

Taught by certified riding instructors with the assistance of volunteer aids, Jaycee’s Horses for Healing therapeutic riding lessons are 45 minutes to 1 hour once a week. Depending on the needs of each rider, lessons can be group, semi-private or private. As much as possible, riders participate in pre-mounted and post-mounted horse care.

Outcomes of therapeutic riding can include improvements in:
Muscle strength
Physical endurance
Range of motion
Sensorimotor integration
Help to activate weak brain areas
Human-animal bonding skills
Social skills
Responsiveness and adaptability

Who We Serve

Jaycee’s Horses for Healing clients are children with physical, cognitive, developmental, sensory and/or learning disabilities. Disabilities served include:

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cerebral Palsy
Down Syndrome
Cystic Fibrosis
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fragile X Syndrome
Friedreich’s Ataxia
Hunter Syndrome
Muscular Dystrophy
Prader Willie Syndrome
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sensory Integration Issues
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injuries
Tourettes Syndrome
Traumatic Head Injuries
Visual Impairments

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