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Where Horses Help Humans Experience the Exceptional
Exceptional Equestrians provides Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Adaptive Riding to individuals and groups. *Hippotherapy is part of an individually formatted treatment plan that is goal specific and directed toward functional outcomes. In a Hippotherapy session, the movement of the horse influences that of the rider. Hippotherapy is a powerful tool in therapy because it allows the therapist to impact all of the sensori-motor systems. Children develop an emotional bond with their horse and demonstrate increased motivation to engage in therapeutic activities.Hippotherapy has been shown to impact: -range of motion -strength -balance -motor planning and coordination -speech and language -respiration -arousal level and modulation -sensory systems Treatment through Exceptional Equestrians is provided by a PATH-(Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) credentialed Hippotherapy clinical specialist. *Therapeutic riding involves the use of a horse to promote the following skills: -balance and posture control -mobility and range of motion -eye-hand coordination -attention and arousal -sensory integration -social, language and cognitive skills Therapeutic riding is conducted in a group session by a certified riding instructor. Goals are established by the instructor with input from the client's therapist. Therapeutic riding does not imply "therapy" as provided by a licensed professional.*The Adaptive Riding program offers specialized instruction in equitation and horsemanship skills. While learning how to control the horse and how to sustain proper posture during the walk/trot gaits, riders will gain the following: -Balance, strength, flexibility -Confidence, self-esteem Each lesson is geared toward the individual needs of the rider. Riders will proceed through levels of horsemanship according to their own unique abilities and at their own pace. Adaptive Riding is instructed by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International certified instructor.
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