The therapeutic power of our horses...
nurtures the special abilities of children and adults with disabilities
Therapeutic riding helped Joashlie, a young woman with cerebral palsy, find strength, improved verbal communication, and abilities she didn't know she had. Learning to ride gave her confidence, joy to be able to pursue an activity she loves, and validation of her ability to partner with a horse.
Hippotherapy, that is utilizing our horses to improve communication and reach speech-language therapy goals, is another service we offer. Our horse trainer and therapeutic riding instructor is a certified speech-language pathologist and has a specialty in animal-assisted therapy. We are also looking to add equine-assisted physical therapy and occupational therapy to our program.
helps heal those suffering from trauma
Chris, a U.S. Army captain, professional horse trainer, and champion rider, suffered a horrific motorcycle accident resulting in multiple surgeries and the amputation of his arm. Equine-assisted therapy and horsemanship are helping him heal, allowing him to demonstrate his knowledge and abilities, and enabling him to reconnect with himself and people around him.
Working as a team with a mental health professional, our equine specialist in mental health and learning, and our amazing healing horses we can also provide equine-facilitated psychotherapy.
empowers our clients to improve their lives, the lives of their families and their community
Before starting equine-based therapy, Dwayne, a teen with autism, was solitary, often confining himself to his bedroom and avoiding contact and interaction with others. Since he started with therapeutic riding, he has become much more social, engaging with family and outside activities, has improved his ability to make decisions and stay focused, and is even making plans for college.
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We are certified by PATH International
Our therapeutic riding instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Int'l). We follow their standards of safety, which are the highest in the world, for clients, volunteers, horses, and staff.
Our COVID-19 response and protocol
To do all we can to insure the safety and health of all our clients and volunteers, we are observing protocols and regulations established by the government of Puerto Rico, the CDC and OSHA. Each volunteer and staff member is thoroughly trained in this protocol and all clients are informed and asked to abide by the procedures described in it. As part of our precautions we conduct a risk assessment with each client and/or their parents to reach a mutual agreement on whether or not the benefits of their equine-assisted activity outweigh the risks of possible COVID-19 transmission. For those whose risk factors outweigh benefits we offer alternative therapeutic equine activities and work on empowering the client in other ways.
Despite limited programming with clients, we continue to care for our equines, train volunteers and work to improve and provide the best possible pastures, storage, visitor areas and raise funds to build an arena that will protect our equine therapy clients, volunteers, and horses from rain and sun.
You can download our COVID-19 protocols in English or Spanish here.
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For information about recreational riding and horsemanship classes, call us at 269-267-5010.