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 special needs.” 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 also improves their 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 or special needs to enhance their quality of life.
Milestones is a not for profit organization whose mission 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 are nationally accredited by PATH international and, 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.
PATH (The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International “promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.” The organization was founded in 1969 with the goal of providing safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH International certified instructors help tens of thousands of individuals each year people from various backgrounds and abilities work through physical, mental and behavioral challenges through the client’s interaction and relationship with the horses.
The organization is also an international advocate for the EAAT (Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies) industry. PATH Intl provides “standards for safe and ethical equine interaction, through education, communication, standards and research” for EAAT participants.