Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center promotes the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well being of people with special needs through equine assisted therapy.
Who we are... Hearts and Horses is a remarkable organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with a wide range of special needs. Professionals, staff and more than 200 volunteers per week, provide a window into the freedom of a more able-bodied lifestyle. Therapeutic riding challenges clients at their individual levels. Riders are supported and encouraged to meet their goals. Our instructors are rigorously trained and certified by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.)
Why Horses... The natural gait (movement) of the horse simulates human walking movement that cannot be replicated mechanically. While riding, clients must constantly make postural adjustments to maintain their balance, which in turn increases their overall balance, orientation, and body awareness. Other benefits include improved muscle tone, posture, range of motion, flexibility, social skills and emotional well being.