Therapeutic riding, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy, Equine-Facilitated Therapy, or Riding for the Disabled, is the use of the horse and equine-based activities to reach the specific objectives of our special needs population.
The horse becomes partner and therapeutic tool in achieving a variety of goals that are cognitive, physical, social, educational and behavioral.
Our PATH-certified instructors motivate our riders utilizing the barn experience and the joy of the horse/human connection. The combination of grounded horsemanship skills and mounted riding lessons creates a challenge that inspires confidence, encourages independence and builds trust. Sessions are 30-50 minutes and can be scheduled for once a week or bi-weekly.
Goals for riders may include increasing physical abilities, developing behavioral and communication skills, improving critical thinking skills and enhancing emotional well-being. All of our riders have plans that are tailored to their specific needs and desired objectives.
At Ivy Hill, we have a passion for training riders in sportsmanship and equitation, and believe in the benefit of learning life lessons with the help of a little horsepower.
Become part of the equation: Horses + Love = Hope.
Some of the many specialized programs Ivy Hill offers
Kids Rein - An early intervention program for Ages 3-5 focusing on goals and outcomes.
Trail with a Twist - Sensory trail for all ages and with appropriate diagnosis.
Silver Reins and Golden Saddles - program that focuses on the physical, social and cognitive benefits for seniors, age 50 and up.
Pieces of Freedom - Specifically designed for the Autistic rider.
Open Hearts, Endless Hope Project - Our new program for riders with cancer, focusing on stress reduction, comfort, and relief from clinical surroundings.
Mane Force - A Youth-at-Risk program focusing on life and social skills training.
The David Program - A life skills mentoring program to train disabled youth the skills required for retail and customer service occupations.
The Benefits of Equine Therapies
To apply to our equestrian program, download our Rider Application Form.
Click here to download the Participant Resource Handbook.
For more information, please click here or email the Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.