Who can Benefit
Benefits of Riding
|| .... a unique form of medical therapy for
individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities, This modality is
performed on horseback, and under the coordinated supervision of a
Physical (PT), Occupational (OT) or Speech Therapist who is trained and
certified in Hippotherapy. Hippotheraph provides the rider with benefits
similar to those of clinic-based therapy but in the fun, creative, safe
and effective atmosphere of a riding arena
How It Works:
|Riders of varying abilities are able to achieve
appropriate levels of independence in their personal horsemanship and
equestrian skills under the direct supervision of a NARHA Certified
Riding Instructor. While the primary goal is not medical therapy, the
rider is still receiving the added benefit of the therapeutic rhythm of
the horse's gait. In Recreational riding the primary focus is
teaching the rider horsemanship and riding skills. This process
provides the rider with numerous opportunities for personal enrichment
in areas such as:
||Consider the age-old love between mankind and the horse. Ponder
the majesty and beauty with which God has graced this animal Think
of the therapeutic value of the horse's rhythmic gait, its dynamic
presence, gentile personality, and communal nature. Together, these
qualities create a unique form of therapy and/or recreation that rivals
any office setting.
Now, imagine providing this for those individuals who-due to cognitive, physical or emotional impairments cannot participate in horse riding lessons at the local riding stable or those who could benefit from the experiential life lessons found in the equine setting. That is the very essence of the Equine Assisted Activites at the Double D Ranch TRC.
The key element is the Horse. The horse provides physical, mental and emotional stimulation.
For the rider with disabilities, the horse becomes a fun, living, breathing friend and partner in therapy.
The horse works well for those with emotional or behavioral difficulties and youth-at-risk because there are numerous personal and social analogies that can be explored while watching horses in a heard.
When someone asks, "Why the horse?" We say "Why not the horse?!"
Double D Ranch TRC is Proud to be affiliated with NARHA-North American Riding for the Handicapped Assoc.