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2018 Lesson Schedule:

The Board of Directors and staff of Milestones are excited to announce that beginning in January of 2018 we will be offering lessons year-round!  In 2017 we sent out a survey asking what we could do better with scheduling and billing, our families gave us fantastic feedback that we want to implement. With moving to quarterly sessions we are able to offer riders some exciting new benefits such as lessons 46 weeks out of the year!

 

 

 

Winter Session

January 8th through March 31st

Spring Session

April 9th through June 30th

Therapeutic Riding Lessons
Tuesday and Thursday – 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30
Wednesday and Friday – 4:30 and 5:30
Silver Saddles Lessons
Monday – 6:30, Tuesday – 11:00, Wednesday 11:00 and 2:00, Thursday – 11:00 and 12:30

Summer Session

July 9th through September 22nd

Fall Session

October 1st through December 22nd


While the benefits of Therapeutic Riding have been medically documented, statistics alone cannot fully describe the true value of this service. The look of confidence, pride and achievement on a rider’s face when he or she has successfully completed a task is the most profound measure of its value.

 

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

Our Therapeutic Horseback Riding program is structured, yet self-paced program based on a rider’s special needs and developing skills. Individuals with disabilities benefit physically and emotionally from therapeutic riding activities. Horseback activities encourage stretching and strengthening of underused or underdeveloped muscles, improve posture and coordination, help develop gross and fine motor skills, increase the riders’ awareness of their body in space, and improve their range of motion.

The program consists of three levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.

  • At the beginning level, students learn about horses, horse grooming, and the basics of horsemanship. Students are required to ride with a leader and up to two side-walkers.
  • At the intermediate and advanced levels, leaders and side-walkers are still present, but the students rely more on their developing skills. Some advanced riders achieve the level of riding independently.
  • At all levels, students not only ride, but are also completing tasks and exercises. This may involve the use of rings, balls, numbers, letters, etc., all designed so the rider is improving their riding skills as well as improving flexibility, balance and overall body movement.

Contact us at 859.694.7669 or email us at info@milestonesinc.org for more information.

 

John RobertDJ

 


Silver Saddles Program

In 2014 Milestones began offering the Silver Saddles program. The Silver Saddles program was founded as a means for the over 50 crowd to stay fit.  Participants meet weekly for eight weeks of horseback riding lessons with the goal of improving flexibility, balance, and muscle tone, as well as general horsemanship.

Contact us at 859.694.7669 or email us at info@milestonesinc.org for more information.

 

Carla     Silver Saddles Pic

Betty on Kuggar - Charlotte

 


Psychological and Behavioral Benefits

  • Teaches trust through the rider/horse bond
  • Teaches problem solving skills
  • Teaches the use of patience to control the horse
  • Enhances decision making skills
  • Promotes responsibility and cooperation
  • Increases the ability to focus and stay on task
  • Provides an increase in self-esteem and pride
  • Instills a sense of accomplishment

Physical Benefits

  • Improves balance, posture and strengthens muscles as the rider learns proper posture and is motivated to self correct to maintain a secure seat on the horse
  • Improve coordination, both on and off the horse
  • Improves range of motion
  • Replicates a muscle movement process like that of walking
  • Stimulates the vestibular, nervous and circulatory systems.