Sidewalkers (must be 14 years or older) - work directly with the clients during their lessons while providing safety and stability and assist with activities.
Horse Handlers (must be 14 years or older) - must pass the horse handler tryouts and have experience working with horses. Primarily responsible for the tacking up, warming up and working with the horses for each therapeutic riding lesson.
The RTC depends on volunteers for all aspects of the program including: events, maintenance, landscaping, office help, web and IT help and activity helpers during the lessons.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About The Riding Therapy Center
557 Love Road, Victoria, TX 77904, US
The purpose of The Riding Therapy Center is to offer equine assisted activities and therapies in an attitude of service to God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in the most Holy Trinity. Our work is done with respect and dignity to all.
Serving the Victoria TX and surrounding communities as a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Center, The Riding Therapy Center (RTC) provides a unique form of physical, occupational, cognitive and speech therapy to children and adults with various special needs and disabilities. Every aspect of the therapeutic lesson is done with or while riding our specially trained therapy horses.
The RTC provides effective therapeutic riding by utilizing the rhythmical, three dimensional movement of the horse to stimulate movement to the rider that is similar to the walking gait of the human. This provides the working background for the PATH Intl certified riding instructor, with the guidance of a physical therapist. This therapy has shown a marked improvement in balance, coordination, fine motor skills, sequential thinking, problem solving, increased self-esteem, and numerous other benefits.
The Equine Services for Heroes Program is therapeutic riding for military veterans who suffered injury in the line of duty. The purpose of this program is to improve the lives of servicemen and women by helping them adjust physically and emotionally to their post-war lives through camaraderie with fellow veterans, support from friends and family and the healing power of horses.