Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure.
Experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) focuses on learning or educational goals.
The focus of EAL is not riding or horsemanship. It involves setting up ground
activities with the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.
Activities with the horses are designed to reflect real life issues. This allows the client and
therapist to "see" where the problems are and find solutions that work.
People learn about themselves and others
by participating in activities with the horses, and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and
Horses Healing Heroes
Equine assisted activities and therapies designed to serve both active duty military personnel and veterans who have been diagnosed with physical and/or mental challenges.
Participants in the program are often veterans who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), both of which can cause numerous physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects.
Spirit Therapies is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Someday through support of our friends, riders, volunteers, sponsors and the public, we will be able to offer our services free of charge through our Pegasus Program.