The Basics of Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic riding is horseback riding “for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with challenges.” Students engaged in therapeutic riding learn how to make decisions, maintain focus, and solve problems, while growing in self-confidence, patience and trust. The therapeutic riding program also improves rider posture, range of motion and coordination. Horseback riding moves the rider's body in a manner similar to walking, so “riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.”
Therapeutic Riding at Milestones
Through Milestones’ therapeutic riding program, students will move at their own pace from beginner tasks where they learn grooming and horsemanship. Our therapeutic horsemanship program presents opportunities for individuals with challenges to enhance their quality of life.
Milestones is a not for profit organization whose mission is to present opportunities for individuals with challenges to enhance their quality of life. Our goal is to improve cognitive, physical and psychological function as well as nurture the emotional health of members of our community through therapeutic horseback riding activities. We strive to assist each rider to become an innovative and productive member of the community by building independence, self-confidence, and social skills in a safe, fun, loving environment.