• Therapeutic Horseback Riding — Mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills
• Equine-Assisted Activities — Any specific center activity, such as therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc. in which the center’s participants, volunteers, instructors, and equines are involved
• Cowboy Poetry — An equine-assisted learning curriculum of Character Education based on the essence of “Cowboy Poetry” or “The Code of the West” for at-risk youth - our staff, partnered with horses, utilizes Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) as they present participants with challenges that stimulate healthy life skills and positive behavior changes
Our New Outside Arena
Through a grant received from The Troy Foundation, we have completed the first four phases of our outdoor arena. Phase 1 included the prep of the arena area with a fabric. After the fabric came Phase 2 where a layer of gravel was added. Then in Phase 3 a layer of stone was added and in Phase 4, a final layer of sand was added. Our final phase of the project will be the construction of a spectator's area and this will be completed with the use of volunteers. The benefits of being able to deliver our service outside when weather permits is priceless. Studies show that being outside, especially in a country setting, participants can breathe better, soak up much needed Vitamin D, counteract seasonal affective disorder, and ease anxiety, all helping to improve physical and mental health of our participants.
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