Therapeutic Riding

                          Therapeutic Riding

Riders gain confidence, improve balance, increase self-awareness, develop communication skills, expand awareness of others, build relationships with horses.


 Our Therapeutic Riding Lessons are:

  • Taught by Kay Firor, PATH- certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor or by Melissa Over, PATH Instructor-in-training
  • Held in small groups of 3 riders, allowing for individualized attention
  • Taught in six weeks, one hour lesson each week
  • Participants are children ages 6-14 with special needs
  • Co-facilitated by Volunteers and a PATH-Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

Melissa or Kay lead the group through a variety of activities on horseback, while working on the targeted therapeutic goals individually set for each participant. This is a series of horseback riding lessons designed to teach riding skills, while also targeting therapeutic goals, which might include physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and/or social skills.  

 

  • Spring Class: April- May 2018OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Fall Class: September- October 2018
  • Registration Fee: $270 per rider

To register contact Brittany (541) 562-1257 or email with any questions thibodb@eou.edu

 


What is Therapuetic Riding? 

Therapeutic Riding participants come to Clover Haven once per week for 6 weeks for a small-group riding lesson given by a PATH-certified instructor.  Volunteers and an Equine Specialist are on hand to help ensure a safe environment.  The instructor leads the group through a variety of activities on horseback, while working on the targeted therapeutic goals individually set for each participant.

Therapeutic Riding can help participants with a variety of disabilities:

  • Improve balance and body awareness
  • Develop core strength, and improve posture, flexibility, and coordination
  • Enhance listening and language skills
  • Learn sequencing, patterns, and motor planning
  • Bond with a special horse
  • Find the courage to face fears and to deal with frustration
  • Profoundly increase self-esteem and independence
  • Improve tactile awareness and sensory integration
  • Learn about cooperation, teamwork, friendship, and compassion.
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