What makes therapeutic riding “so special?”:
The bonding between horse and rider and the relationships with instructors and volunteers has been known to help even “proven to improve” self esteem, self confidence and social interaction. Plus, it’s just plain fun for everyone!
For the physically handicapped rider, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves horses’ bodies, naturally mimicking human gait. Studies have shown that therapeutic riding provides the following benefits:
• Psychological bonding
• Lifting of the spirit
• Increased attention span
• Improve balance, posture and flexibility
Therapeutic Riding – We are a member of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) and all our instructors are PATH certified. Our mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving to anyone with physical, mental or emotional challenges. At Stirrups ‘n Strides we help empower, enrich and inspire those individuals with disabilities and to help improve their lives.
Competition – At Stirrups ‘n Strides one of our main focuses is to challenge our riders to achieve their goals by preparing and competing at horse shows. What better way to challenge our riders than to work towards that Blue ribbon! As our riders skills improve, many work towards competing at the Exceptional Challenge Cup Finals in Kansas City! What an exciting trip for our riders.
Special Olympics – Stirrups ‘n Strides is a Certified Special Olympic training facility. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition.
Stirrups ‘n Stripes Veterans Program
In collaboration with Veterans Helping Veterans, Stirrups ‘n Strides has developed a new program aimed toward helping veterans.
Stirrups ‘n “Stripes” – is what we call our new Veterans program! Our service personnel have fought to preserve our freedom, and for many, at a very dear cost. Equine Services for Heroes assists veterans and active duty military personnel – with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges to find strength and independence through the power of the horse.
Please click on the flag above to view Gary Pascale interview Betty Gray on the subject! (You might want to skip to 6:45 where the interview actually begins)
Arnette House provides services to the community through caring and dedicated staff who focus on the strengths of the family while providing skills and knowledge to help improve life at home. The Arnette house is the “front end” of the juvenile Justice System (the key is prevention and early intervention). At Stirrups ‘n Strides the “Magic” of horses help provide strong medicine for individuals with emotional challenges. Riding a horse helps improve confidence, self-esteem and increased attention span. But most importantly, it provides individuals the feeling of freedom and independence. The collaboration between the two organizations has helped these children cope with so many of their family or school challenges