Our Therapeutic Riding Program Needs Volunteers
Come volunteer and benefit from the joy we each experience while we are with the horses. Feel the satisfaction of contributing to the physical and emotional well-being of our students.
Participate in our Volunteer Training Program: Learn how to care for, lead and side walk our horses.
Learn Natural Horsemanship: how to exercise and communicate with our horses naturally!
We welcome you and your skills to our program; we value what you enjoy
Managerial, administrative and organizational skills are needed, too.
No equine experience necessary!
Therapeutic Riding Program
Riding on horseback offers many benefits and advantages for individuals with learning and communication differences, emotional and social issues, and physical differences. The physical motion of the horse stimulates the areas of the brain having to do with walking. It is rhythmical and has a cadence that the human body can respond to. It helps the rider to develop balance, coordination, and rhythm through the use of exercises and activities. Communicating with the horse, whether it be with verbal commands, or physical signals using the hands and legs, results in the horse performing the tasks the rider has asked for. It is possible to set up situations in which the rider can experience immediate success.
Grooming the horse before or after the ride has the student using gross motor skills. The student needs to grasp the brush firmly, and is often required to switch hands for brushing different parts of the horse’s body. The activity of grooming requires the student to cross the midline. It is a wonderful way to connect to the horse in a non-threatening way. We have found that, in our frenzied and hectic lives, the peaceful and serene farm environment soothes the soul.