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Our mission is to improve the health, increase the confidence, and promote the independence of persons with special needs through the use of horses.
At REACH Therapeutic Riding Center we offer three programs using equine assisted therapeutic horseback riding to help those with physical, mental or emotional challenges:
- Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic Riding is geared to meet specific riding and/or social objectives. The primary focus of therapeutic riding is to teach riding skills that build toward independent riding.
Hippotherapy, performed by licensed therapists, employs the movement of the horse as a tool to improve posture, balance, and movement, as well as fine and gross motor responses.
Horses for Heroes is a program for US military veterans who have endured injuries in the line of duty. It is geared to improve the mind, body, and spirit of disabled vets through the uses of horses and the opportunity to socialize with fellow veterans. This program is all about brothers helping brothers.
At REACH Therapeutic Riding Center we have combined a dynamic core of equine professionals, volunteers and horses to provide unique opportunities. Some disabilities which may benefit from therapeutic riding or hippotherapy include:
Autism • Muscular dystrophy • Down syndrome
Multiple sclerosis • Cerebral palsy • Fragile X syndrome
Visual and hearing impairment • Learning and emotional disabilities
Physical benefits include:
• Improve balance and posture
• Strengthen weak muscles
• Slow down muscle degeneration
• Relax tight muscles
• Improve fine and gross motor skills
• Improve hand-eye coordination
Mental and emotional benefits include:
• Social interaction
• Coordination and cooperation
• Structure and routine
• Motivation and self-esteem
• Channel anxious behavior
• Sense of success
• Sequencing and planning
• Increase attention span and self-confidence
• Physical and mental exercise
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