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, improved muscle tone and strength, as well as improved self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dream Riders provides 3 ten-week therapeutic ride sessions each year between April and November. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings, and are 1 hour in duration. Up to 4 riders may participate during each time slot, though we aim to limit it to 3 riders when possible. Details for this year’s sessions are below.
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. To get started, tap or click here.
Tuesdays 4pm, 5pm, or 6pm
Thursdays 4pm, 5pm or 6pm
Session 1: April 9 – June 15
Session 2: June 25 – August 31
Session 3: September 10 – November 16