EQUI-KIDS currently offers a variety of equine-assisted activities. Certified and accredited services are provided through programs dedicated to therapeutic riding, school partnership, advanced hippotherapy (physical, occupational and/or speech therapy services using a horse), mental therapy, military service members and job coaching.

Therapeutic Horseback

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic horseback riding contributes positively to the well-being of individuals with disabilities through physical and cognitive benefits. This program is known to improve the quality of life of our riders.

EQUI-VETS

EQUI-VETS offers physical and mental healing through equine activities for armed service members wounded in the line of duty. This program is available to both active duty and retired veterans at no cost.

Equivets
Equivets

EQUI-VETS

EQUI-VETS offers physical and mental healing through equine activities for armed service members wounded in the line of duty. This program is available to both active duty and retired veterans at no cost.

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

This program involves therapy sessions using a horse to help heal those struggling with mental health issues. It helps to increase the self-awareness of individuals because the horse will mimic the mood and emotions projected by the client. The client can then work to adjust their emotional state.

School Partnership Program

The School Partnership Program allows EQUI-KIDS to join forces with Virginia Beach City Public Schools through the collaboration of special needs teachers and our instructors. Using our horses, the team works together using horses to enforce classroom curriculum goals.

SchoolPartnership
SchoolPartnership

School Partnership Program

The School Partnership Program allows EQUI-KIDS to join forces with Virginia Beach City Public Schools through the collaboration of special needs teachers and our instructors. Using our horses, the team works together using horses to enforce classroom curriculum goals.

Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which the therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. It is used as a means to help participants improve coordination, balance and strength. Hippotherapy has been used to treat patients with neurological or other disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, behavioral disorders and psychiatric disorders.

Job Coaching

Through partnership with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Office of Exceptional Children, EQUI-KIDS offers the Job Coaching program to disabled young adults. This program helps participants learn many life skills necessary for entering the workplace.

Arts coaching
Arts coaching

Job Coaching

Through partnership with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Office of Exceptional Children, EQUI-KIDS offers the Job Coaching program to disabled young adults. This program helps participants learn many life skills necessary for entering the workplace.

For more information about our critical program services, contact our Program Director at 757.721.7350 or via email.

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