WHO BENEFITS FROM OUR EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPIES?
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Our experience at Special Equestrians bears out the results of long-term, global research into therapeutic riding: students experience physical, emotional, and mental rewards from therapeutic riding.
- For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their body in a manner similar to a walking gait.
- For riders with cognitive or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with a horse can help in improving interpersonal relationships, while the presence of the instructors and volunteers encourages social interaction and trust.
- Among our riders are those with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), traumatic brain injuries, sensory processing disorders, PDD, PTSD, age-related disabilities.
Equine-assisted therapies are beneficial for individuals of all ages looking to
- increase their core muscle tone so they can sit for longer periods of time
- develop the strength and flexibility in their legs to improve mobility
- increase self-esteem and confidence
- work on cognitive and learning skills
- enhance self-awareness and social skills
- have fun working around horses
Click here for a short video about our program, produced by Bucks County Community College student Kyle Garvey.
Click here for a segment of Bucks Best Friends with Kimberly Flanders featuring Special Equestrians.
Click here for a segment of 6ABC Action News "Art of Aging" featuring Special Equestrians.
We offer three programs for individuals:
Our programs in collaboration with schools and organizations: