THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING
We partner with our horses to create programs that foster a community environment and promote learning, inclusion, respect, and independence. Therapeutic riding is widely recognized as beneficial for people with special needs. Specifically, it helps develop self-awareness and build self-confidence, improve concentration and increase self-discipline, strengthen and relax muscles, improve posture, while increasing core strength, balance, coordination, and joint mobility.
Off the horse, our therapeutic horsemanship program also improves confidence, attitude, and self-image by mastering new skills. Working towards these goals, students improve their function in all activities of their lives.
During our sessions, we implement lesson plans designed to address individual educational, emotional, recreational, social, and physical goals. For riders with cognitive or emotional challenges, the relationships formed with the horse, staff, and volunteers can lead to increased self-confidence, patience, and self-esteem. We also see improved concentration, attention to tasks, and functional life skills; all of which allows participants to enjoy a sense of freedom and independence.
We provide a variety of equine services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Our students include children and adults with physical, intellectual, emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Through goal setting and lesson planning, our students receive instruction that meets their individualized needs. Our students are veterans, at-risk youth, individuals who have autism, pervasive developmental delay, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, developmental and learning disabilities, and other challenges in their lives.
- Learning Disabilities
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Hearing/Visually Impairment
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Psychological or Behavioral Challenges
Group Lesson v. Private Lesson
All lessons at the Stoneybrook Foundation should be considered group lessons. We can combine riders of similar skill levels into a group to encourage teamwork and socialization. These groups are arranged at the instructor’s discretion. Any rider requesting a private lesson must discuss this with their instructor, and pay an additional private lesson fee.
Family Support Lessons
Family Support lessons are a fun way for family members to enjoy horses and riding with their Stoneybrook Foundation rider. We strongly encourage family support riders to participate in the same lesson as their rider, since these lessons are designed to be a way for family to share an interest!
Each lesson incorporates the educational, physical, social, and recreational goals of each individual student. The lessons can last up to an hour, but may be shorter due to the physical and cognitive demands of riding. Mounted lessons may include grooming, tacking, mounting, warm-up, an exercise, an activity or game, skill development, skill review, a closing activity and dismounting. Students may or may not be placed in group lessons based on the determination of the instructor. Parents can request private lessons, but due to arena scheduling conflicts this may not be possible. Additionally, private lessons requested by the rider will be charged a higher rate.
At the instructor’s discretion, sessions may occasionally be unmounted, focusing on ground activities with a horse. Activities may include grooming, exercising, feeding, bathing, leading, etc. Our program encourages learning complete horsemanship skills, which includes learning about horses and their care. All lessons, both mounted and unmounted, must be conducted or directly supervised by instructors holding PATH, Int’l. certification. At this time we only offer a therapeutic horseback riding program.