Adaptive or Therapeutic Riding contributes positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people ages 5 and older with disabilities!
Therapeutic Riding classes are conducted as group, semi-private, or private lessons. Our Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified instructors work with parents/caregivers, and participants to set appropriate goals for each participant. The instructors, with the support of a skilled team of volunteers and horses, enable students to safely develop independent riding skills.
Safety is paramount in our programs at TROT. A new participant may be assisted by two volunteer side walkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a dedicated horse handler.
Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to prevent a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the participant’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, participant with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength.
At TROT we provide an experiential counseling approach involving activities with horses known as Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. By taking the therapeutic experience out of the traditional office environment the client’s attention is focused on interacting with one of nature’s most majestic creatures. Facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Professional who is also a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Equine-assisted therapy allows clients to gain insights into their behavior and motivations. This innovative form of therapy teaches people about themselves, allows recognition of dysfunctional patterns of behavior, and provides powerful tools for building self-awareness, self-esteem, appropriate boundaries as well as a sense of personal responsibility.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach. It is especially useful for people who don’t respond to talk therapies. It has been clinically proven effective in addressing a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.