Therapeutic or Adaptive Riding

Therapeutic or adaptive horseback riding is a recreational activity with goal of the rider controlling the horse. Like other adaptive activities (e.g., adaptive swimming and adaptive skiing), adapted riding is “adapted for individuals with special needs and is taught by horseback riding instructors. This activity is recreationally based, and goals may address leisure, education, socialization, competition in the sport, and fitness. It is not the goal of the instructor to rehabilitate, but rather to improve riding skills and quality of life through participation in an enjoyable activity. (American Hippotherapy Association)

The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CANTRA) lists the benefits of therapeutic or adaptive riding as follows:

  • Development of mobility, balance and co-ordination
  • Improvement of muscle tone and strength
  • Increased concentration and improved learning skills
  • A challenging recreational activity
  • Independence, integration and a sense of achievement
  • Development of self confidence and motivation

We hope to begin our therapeutic riding program in the summer of 2023.

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