Therapeutic Horseback Riding — Mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. Currently we conduct four, eight week sessions per year. Session costs are $280 per rider.
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.
Classes by Special Request
OUR INSTRUCTOR STAFF
We have three part-time instructors who are responsible for providing onsite support as certified or registered therapeutic riding instructors or instructors in training as required by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). These talented and caring individuals create and implement lesson plans that are organized to address each student's goals as stated by their parents, physicians, and therapists.
Rebekah Hastings - Certified Instructor
Rebekah started as an Instructor in Training at Eagles' Wings Stable in 2009. Prior to her involvement with Eagle’s Wings, Rebekah received an Associate’s Degree in Equine Studies from Ohio University Southern. During her studies she focused on therapeutic riding and trained at the University’s therapeutic riding center. Rebekah became a certified instructor shortly after starting at Eagle’s Wings. Rebekah contributes ten plus years of horse experience working in a variety of equine settings including therapeutic riding, traditional horseback riding, and daily equine care.
Gail Duer - Registered Instructor
Gail learned of Eagles' Wings while at a neurologist appointment with her daughter and grandson who was severely handicapped. She is a horse lover from childhood with some experience but had to get “back in the saddle” after 35 years. So, combining all of these interests and achievements, Eagles Wings was a perfect outlet and therapy for her. She began in 2007 as a horse leader and was certified as an instructor in 2011 through Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Stables. She thoroughly enjoys her students and has been amazed at the “miracles” she has witnessed.
Heather Thompson – Registered Instructor In-Training
Heather discovered Eagle’s Wings when she was looking for a new place to board her horses. She began volunteering in 2019. She quickly learned how rewarding it is to be part our rider’s horsemanship journey so she decided to peruse her instructor certification. She also hopes to become a Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning after she completes the Instructor Certification. She is happy to be fueling her passion for horses and people here at Eagle’s Wings.