PATH Intl Therapeutic Riding Classes
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities.
A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. 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 with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Lessons are conducted with a person leading the horse and two side walkers.
•Physically, it is the horse’s movement which has a dynamic effect
on the rider’s body. The horse stimulates the rider’s pelvis and
trunk in a manner that closely resembles the normal gait of a
human. This movement can be used to produce specific physical changes in the rider.
•The movement of the horse can help with a variety of
Sensory Integration issues. A smooth-gaited, consistently paced
horse can provide needed input to help a rider establish rhythm,
etc. A rough-gaited horse may be able to provide a rider with
stimulation to help organize and integrate sensory input.
Movement exploration while on the horse can help improve overall body awareness.
•Emotionally, the success of overcoming fear and anxiety can help
a rider realize self-worth and increase self-esteem. The ability to
achieve a riding skill will also have a positive effect on a rider’s
•Cognitively, the horse provides many riders with the motivation to
learn many new things. Educational goals such as letter
recognition and sequencing can be incorporated into riding
•Socially, therapeutic riding enables individuals to interact with
their peers in a group activity. Riding and the related activities are
both fun and challenging.
PATH Therapeutic Riding Classes are 30 minutes in duration and the fee is $65.00.