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Sebastian Riding Associates improves the quality of life for children and adults living with disabilities through equine assisted therapy.
Founded in 1975, Sebastian Riding Associates is one of the oldest equine therapy centers in the country providing therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.
Hippotherapy is a treatment approach that uses the movement of hte horse to improve posture, balance and mobility. Our hippotherapy students are not learning riding skills but are receiving therapy with one of our physical or occupational therapists.
Our therapeutic riding students are being taught not only riding skills but also how to groom and tack there horse with the assistance of one of our certified instructors.
Equine assisted therapy provides much more than the many physical benefits such as improved posture, balance and muscle tone. Behavioral benefits include self discipline, decision making skills, increased ability to focus and stay on task and promotes responsibility and cooperation. Cognitive benefits include improved hand/eye coordination and developing sequencing, patterning and motor planning. Social benefits include improved self confidence and trust taught through the horse/human bond.
Sebastian's conducts approximately 100 sessions in a two week period serving more than 115 students a year.