Therapeutic (Sports) Riding
Hearts and Horses' Therapeutic Sports Riding program focuses on teaching riding skills to participants as young as 4 years of age with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. Our PATH Intl.-certified therapeutic riding instructors work with the riders to participate in a recognized sport and to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives. Once they are mounted, many of our riders experience a freedom of motion and ability that they do not or cannot enjoy in other aspects of their lives.
Hippotherapy is a direct medical treatment
provided by a licensed physical therapist, occupational therapist or
speech language pathologist and can start as young as age 2. It
literally means “treatment with the help of the horse” from the Greek
word hippos, meaning horse. It is used primarily for participants who
have movement dysfunctions. Movement of the horse is the key in therapy
sessions and students can benefit from improvement in posture, balance,
sensory processing and functional mobility.