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TREE HOUSE of Greater St. Louis (formerly known as Therapeutic Horsemanship) provides equine-assisted therapy for children and adults with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities.
Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, thus allowing riders with physical disabilities to improve their flexibility, balance, and muscle tone. Individuals with mental and emotional disabilities form a unique relationship with the horse that leads to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem, and independence.
Volunteers walk beside the horse, assisting with the balance and stabilty of the rider. We also use volunteers as horse leaders during the therapy sessions...and some are horse handlers who groom and tack our horses. NO HORSE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! We train all our volunteers. We also have grounds and office work available for volunteers.