Studies have shown therapeutic riding to be one of the best activities for people with disabilities, be they physical, mental, or emotional; cerebral palsy, autism, or post-traumatic stress disorder. The great thing about therapeutic riding is that it helps people gain both physical and emotional rewards through challenging and stimulating activities. In the process, it helps them improve balance, strength, coordination, confidence, concentration, and self-discipline. And you know what else it helps them do? Have fun!
The benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding are threefold: physical, psychological and social. The first of these is applicable only to the patient; the second and third are more transferable to people around the patient.
In most of the conditions and disorders specified above, there has been a serious disruption in the ability of the patient to perform basic purposive functions. Balance, proprioception, ambulation, posture and manual dexterity are limited, many times severely. Therapeutic Horseback Riding is well suited to treating the patient with some or all of the dysfunctions cited when used in conjunction with a planned, progressive exercise program.
Volunteer Positions & Descriptions
•Side Walker: A Side Walker is a volunteer that is stationed beside the rider for the duration of the lesson. This volunteer’s responsibility is to the rider. This role offers emotional and sometimes physical support. Certain riders will need direct support to ensure the success of the riding activities. A Side Walker may need to assist in acting out instructions to the rider. This role requires the volunteer to be alert and aware at all times to the needs of both rider and instructor.
•Horse Leader: A Horse Leader is a volunteer who guides the horse for the duration of the lesson. This volunteer’s responsibility is to the horse. This role requires the volunteer to be aware of the surroundings in the ring, the horse’s mood, gait and pace. Certain riders will need assistance in controlling their horses while others are learning how to guide their horses with light support and slight intervention from the Horse Leader.
•Instructor: An Instructor is a volunteer who is specifically trained to meet the demands of our program. They go through rigorous training to prepare lesson materials for each rider. The instructor is charged with the management of all activities during a lesson including giving commands to riders and horse leaders. Instructors ensure that the horses are ready for lessons and are safely tacked.
If you would like more information about Volunteer work, please give us a call and we can provide you with our Volunteer Packet to complete & Return. Volunteers must be ages 12 & up for our Therapeutic Riding Program
If you or someone you know would like to come for a Therapeutic Riding Session please contact us by Phone 919-215-3595 or Email: email@example.com You are more than welcome to come visit our Center and we will provide you with the Forms and Information needed to schedule the session.
All Therapeutic Sessions are $50 per hour