As defined by PATH International, Therapeutic Riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation, and leisure. Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to keep a person from riding horses, in fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders show improvement in flexibility, balance, muscle strength, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, sequencing, and much more. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.
At We Can Ride, Therapeutic Riding is for individuals two years and older. These classes are taught by PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. Along with the many therapeutic benefits of being on a moving horse, our goals are to teach horsemanship skills. Clients may also learn to groom, lead, saddle, and care for their horses.
We Can Ride offers private, semi-private, and group lessons with up to four riders in each class. Each client will be assigned an appropriate horse and a team of volunteers – one leader and two sidewalkers.