What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. Our lessons promote strength, increase flexibility, develop balance, improve coordination, improve breathing and circulation, boost self-confidence and build self-esteem. We work toward the individual goals of each participant as they develop social and physical skills with the aid of our horses. No one is ever turned away for financial reasons. We offer full and ½ scholarships to qualified families. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and rely on donors and charitable contributors to fund our scholarships.
P.A.T.H. Certified Instruction
P.A.T.H. International is the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. An international association formed in 1969, (formerly called “NARHA”) P.A.T.H. is the global authority, resource and advocate for EAAT(Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies) that inspire and enrich the human spirit. P.A.T.H is the premier professional membership organization that establishes and oversees standards for accreditation of centers and certification of instructors maintaining standards of professionalism and safety.
Hope Farm Granville is open all 12 months of the year thanks to the ability to work in a heated indoor arena. We offer 6-8 week lesson sessions, and all lessons are individualized to benefit the specific needs of each rider. We have a mounting ramp to accommodate our riders who need extra help with the mount from a walker or wheelchair. We are also fortunate to have a skillful team of volunteers who work daily to keep our students safe and well informed during the lesson.
Our services are open to any person, ages 2-80 years old with disabilities or special needs who can benefit from therapeutic horsemanship. Our focus is to provide directed therapy to each rider by setting specific goals to be established in conjunction with caregivers, teachers, parents and any other members of the support team. Each lesson includes grooming, safety in groundwork and a mounted ride including warm-up exercises, a skill and a game. Our indoor arena allows us to close the door to outside weather. We enjoy music, heat, mirrors and lights to enhance each riding experience. Our certified staff and dedicated volunteers see that each horse is ready for the lesson and each rider has a safe and fun experience. Parents and care-givers can be volunteers in lessons if they complete the yearly training session.