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.
How it Works
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 ManeGait 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, ManeGait’s 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
How to Join the Program
Information on becoming a part of this program is available in our Rider Resource area.