What is therapeutic riding?
Equine assisted activities help individuals with special needs gain confidence, along with physical and emotional strength, independence, and mobility. The ability to bond and interact with our majestic horses, both mounted and from the ground, provides tremendous physical and psychological benefits.
All Therapeutic Riding lessons are led by a P.A.T.H. International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Northland Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) serves 83 individuals as well as their families. More than 160 volunteers donate 4,500 hours annually to provide compassionate support to our riders and horses.
Examples of special needs and disorders that therapeutic riding can help:
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy; Autism
- Down Syndrome; Anxiety
- Multiple Sclerosis; Cognitive Disabilities.
While the physical benefits achieved from therapeutic riding are numerous, the emotional and social benefits are also far reaching. The therapeutic riding group session is specifically designed to provide opportunities for participants to practice:
- Listening skills
- Language skills.