What is therapeutic horseback riding?

Therapeutic riding is one kind of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL),  a hands-on approach that integrates the horse-human interaction into experiences that help individuals with disabilities develop life skills such as decision-making and problem solving, creative and critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills, self-awareness and empathy, and emotional coping mechanisms. [1]


What are the benefits of therapeutic riding?

Individuals with disabilities benefit physically, cognitively, and emotionally from therapeutic riding . Horseback activities encourage stretching and strengthening of underused or underdeveloped core 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. 

Who is eligible for therapeutic riding?


Milestones serves participants of all ages with a range of physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges. We’ve seen some of the most significant impact on individuals with disabilities like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury. Any participant who is cleared by appropriate medical and mental health professionals is eligible to participate in therapeutic riding.


How do you ensure the safety of your riders?


Riders are never left unsupervised with an animal. All riders are accompanied by someone leading the horse and up to two side-walkers. All Milestones instructors are PATH International Certified Professionals who have undergone industry-standards training and possess skills or knowledge related to equine activities and disabilities.

What is PATH International?

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) certifies EAL professionals and accredits centers. PATH Intl advocates for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) by setting industry standards for safe and accessible equine-assisted learning opportunities for people with and without disabilities. [2]

What does it mean to be a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Center?

PATH Intl Premier Accredited Centers are member centers that have agreed to an ethical code of conduct that governs administration, facility condition, equine welfare, activity safety, and health service standards. All Milestones instructors are PATH Intl certified to teach EAAT according to industry standards.[3]


[1] Path EAL definitions - https://www.pathintl.org/60-resources/efpl/1029-equine-assisted-learning

[2] About PATH - https://www.pathintl.org/about-path-intl/about-path-intl

[3] PATH Centers - https://www.pathintl.org/path-intl-centers/path-intl-centers

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