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 5-6 pm or 6:15-7:15 pm
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm or 5:45-6:45 pm
Saturdays 9-10 am or 10:15-11:15 am
Session 1: April 9 – June 15
Session 2: June 25 – August 31
Session 3: September 10 – November 16