Back In The Saddle
Heroes on Horses
For individuals 55 years and older, Riders Up! exercises both mind and body through structured lessons.
Who Can Ride
TROT provides services to a diverse population of individuals living with disabilities starting at age 4, including a specific class for military Veterans.
Most Common diagnoses are, but not limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Down’s Syndrome
- Muscular Dystorphy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Limb Amputations
To ensure safety for all, applicants are required to have their primary physician complete and sign a medical release before participating in TROT’s programs. A printable PDF of this form can be found under Resources or by clicking HERE.
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, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the participant’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, participants with physical challenges often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. As the participants work on riding skill based goals through different tasks and activities, they can experience emotional benefits, including reduced feelings of depression and anxiety, increased self-esteem, enhanced focus, improved social skills, and a sense of control and connection.
Ready to harness your unbridled potential?
Back In The Saddle (BITS)
BITS is made for individuals who:
-have past involvement with horses
-may have suffered an equine related injury
-want to overcome any equine related trauma
-had an experience that hinders their relationship with horses
BITS participants report experiencing:
-increased riding skills knowledge
Get back in the saddle
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Working with equines provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty and communication. Various format offerings are available for organizations and school groups. Please contact our office for more information about these opportunities.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
EFP is an experiential form of psychotherapy that includes horses to achieve personal and emotional growth. All EFP sessions are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who works with an individual to address psychotherapy goals. These goals are set forth by the client and the mental health professional.
Honesty and Trust
Self-control and confidence
Respect for self and others
Problem solving and cooperation
Improved communication skills
Responsibility and accountability
Experience the healing power of horses
Heroes on Horses
Heroes on Horses is specifically designed to address the needs of veterans of all abilities in our community. Our vision is to help all veterans achieve both physical and emotional goals and improve their quality of life through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies. Equine-assisted learning, adaptive riding, and equine-facilitated psychotherapy has been successful in helping veterans show improvements in emotional awareness, stress tolerance, independence, TBI, post-traumatic stress, impulse control and much more.
To honor and pay special tribute to those who have served, TROT offers this program at no cost to the veteran. This is TROT's way of giving back and honoring those who have served.
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Riders Up! is for men and women age 55 and over with age-related challenges. It is designed to enhance flexibility, endurance and strength for those experiencing reduced mobility because of injury, arthritis, or low muscle tone. Our Riders Up! program exercises both mind and body through structured lessons for riders of different levels.