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Chakota has been providing equine-assisted therapy to children with disabilities for 10 years. We are now expanding our service to include veterans who are suffering PTSD or traumatic injuries. Our children and young adult riders enjoy volunteers of all ages and careers. Our veterans are better served by volunteers who are their peers - EMS, police, firefighters, active and retired veterans.
With safety a priority, Chakota-TRC's riding instructors, specially trained horses and caring volunteers, we offer therapeutic riding and horsemanship skills to individuals with a variety of disabilities. These activities give a sense of freedom and independence while enabling the participant to experience accomplishments, interact socially and learn new skills in a pleasurable environment.
What is Therapeutic Horsemanship?
Caring for horses, riding, driving, grooming and other activities are good for everyone. For individuals with disabilities, equine therapy has physical, cognitive, psychological and emotional benefits. Horses minister to the mind, body and spirit in many ways.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Horses are special in that a horse's gait (or movement when it walks) most closely imitates the human walk. The repetitive motion of a horse at a walk stimulates the rider's spine and brain to help improve balance and coordination. Heat from a horse's back helps relax muscles prone to spasms.
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