Supporting Mental Health and Healing Trauma through Equine-Assisted Activities
We provide individualized programs of equine-assisted activities including therapeutic riding and horsemanship to help clients navigate challenging emotional experiences, including trauma (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. The benefits include increased confidence, emotional awareness, empathy, impulse control, self-regulation, problem solving skills, trust and empathy. The power of a 1,000 lb. majestic animal to bring peace and emotional support is both experiential and being proven as an effective means of improving mental health.
We can also provide direct psychotherapy with our team of a mental health professional professional, equine specialist in mental health and learning, our healing herd of horses, and the client acting synchronistically together on a journey of healing.
Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship
Therapeutic Riding (TR) teaches a person with disabilities how to ride a horse while incorporating a wide range of therapeutic goals. Each lesson is designed to meet physical, educational, emotional and/or social skill goals based on the rider’s individual needs, interests and goals.
We serve people with a wide variety of disabilities including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, visual and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delays, neurocognitive disorders, chromosonal anomalies, amputations and other physical disabilities, degenerative diseases including dementia, spinal cord and brain injury, and speech and language disorders.
Each potential client is given a thorough assessment of their physical and mental strengths as well as needs. From that assessment we pair the client with a horse (or horses!) and volunteers. Benefits of our programs include improvements in fine and gross motor skills, communication and social function, self-regulation and cognitive skills, sensory integration, balance and coordination, memory, concentration, and self-esteem. In addition, clients learn to connect and partner with a majestic animal that is valued throughout Puerto Rican culture.
Heroes and Horses
Our specialized programming for veterans and active military includes therapeutic riding, equine-assisted activities and unmounted horsemanship sessions designed to help with the emotional and physical challenges of military service. We are registered as a service provider by the Wounded Warrior Project and thanks to our corporate partners, the military families at Pratt & Whitney, we have specialized scholarships and programs available.
Please contact us to find out more.