Working with horses is an excellent form of exercise therapy that is fun, safe, challenging and socially rewarding. The goals of therapeutic and recreational riding revolve around learning horsemanship, improving basic riding skills and many times learning a specific riding discipline such as trail riding, cowboy dressage, and drill team activities. In therapeutic riding, special attention is paid to facilitating improvements in muscle strength, coordination, balance, stamina, self confidence and social interaction. Lesson plans may be tailored individually to address clients’ special needs. Our therapeutic riding instructors are specially trained and certified to instruct clients with a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities as well as clients who are not disabled. Lessons are conducted in our covered riding arena, outdoor arena and on the trail and are conducted according to each rider’s interests, needs, abilities and rate of progress.
Equine Partnership Program
Lessons are conducted for individuals, couples, families or groups. Goals are established by participants and provide the opportunity to improve communication skills, family reintegration, relationship building, coping skills, trauma resolution and other goals relating to healing, personal growth and development. Specially designed unmounted activities with horses precipitate experiential learning and self exploration.
Participants absorb the peace and natural beauty of the farm and its natural Eastern Shore setting. Many individuals and groups bring brown bag lunches, and play corn hole or horseshoes while they’re here – others simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the peaceful forested setting.
TEAMING FOR SUCCESS
The goal of Teaming for Success is to provide positive change for young people who struggle with the moderate to severe emotional and behavioral disturbances which can ultimately lead them into areas which threaten their future and development. Teaming up with US military veterans for this purpose is a win-win situation in that nobody deserves more respect than those who have served. At-risk children need positive role models in their life. Veterans who serve in the teaming for success program benefit as well in that this activity also provides a therapeutic environment for the veterans as well.
HORSEPLAY Adaptive Summer Camp
HORSEPLAY offer a safe and integrated horse experience for families with disabled children. HORSEPLAY camp is 3 days long for 3 hours a day and varies in topic and focus. The immersion in nature with horses allows the family to be together in an extended tribe of other families and caregivers. HORSEPLAY camp scholarships are available upon request.
A regular day at HORSEPLAY camp is pretty variable and of course is tailored to the individual child and families. Each day HORSEPLAY camp begins with a low key horse activity, then break for other kinds of play, small animals, art, music, gardening, low challenge activities, and other fun, adaptive, and educational crafts and activities. Expect to get wet on days when we can use the sprinkler to cool off!
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4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program