13620 Halleluiah Trail
Elbert, CO 80106
Phone: (719) 495-3908
Fax: (719) 494-1689
THERAPEUTIC RIDINGTherapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of therapy, education sport, recreation & leisure. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait and riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. In addition to the therapeutic benefits, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors. Emotional and psychological benefits include increased self-esteem, communication skills, trust and personal awareness of one’s interaction with others and the environment. The effect of a relationship with this gracious being is immeasurable. Horsemanship on the ground is included in many TR classes.
At PATH centers, professional staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A rider is generally assisted by two sidewalkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader. Riding classes are taught by a certified instructor who has a strong equine background, as well as an understanding of various disabilities.
To learn more or register for Therapeutic Riding lessons, please contact Chester DeAngelis at 719-495-3908 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an intake appointment.
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