Therapeutic riding is a unique therapy tool that provides multiple health benefits and fosters the development of the whole person. The movement of the horse stimulates the rider’s pelvis and trunk in a manner that closely resembles the normal gait of a human. This movement can be used to produce specific physical changes. Emphasis is given to improving gross and fine motor skills, behavioral skills, language/communication skills and social/emotional skills. Participants in our programs experience increased balance, coordination, posture, and improved muscle tone and strength as well as improved self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dream Riders provides three ten-week therapeutic ride sessions each year. Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm and on Saturdays at 9:00 am and 10:00 am. Up to 3 riders participate during each one-hour ride. Rides are led by a trained instructor along with trained volunteers who walk beside the horse and rider and assist with providing equine-assisted therapeutic activities. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in establishing goals for their rider.