Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic riding is horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. It offers physical benefits such as muscle strengthening, increased flexibility, development of balance, improved coordination, increased breathing and circulation, boosted self-confidence, improved self-esteem and increased fine motor skills.

The horse provides the rider with a feeling of freedom and independence that may be limited in their everyday life. As a result, these skills can assist in improving the quality of life of our riders. Obtaining job skills creates a pathway for professional development, an area that many disabled and disconnected individuals struggle to overcome. Through improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence, riders often find progression in their ability to communicate with others, ultimately resulting in the furtherance of relationships, both professional and personal.

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Rate Sheet

EQUI-KIDS offers year-round therapeutic riding lessons through seasonal sessions lasting between three and eight weeks.

Schedules

See session dates for the current year.

How to Apply

The process to become an EQUI-KIDS participant involves many steps. It is important to us that all who participate have the potential to benefit from our services, so we want to be sure each individual is a good fit. Please click the button below to learn more about the process and how you can get involved.

For more information about our critical Program Services, contact Kathy Chitwood,
Program Director, at 757.721.7350 or via email at kathy.chitwood@equikids.org