What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic Riding consists of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Among other things, EAAT can include horseback riding, mounted and ground activities, grooming and stable management. A therapeutic riding center’s participants, volunteers, instructors and equines interact as teams to achieve goals set for each participant in the context of one or more EAATs.
Therapeutic horseback riding is the most popular form of Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies. With an overall mission to serve people with varying abilities, each therapeutic riding center offers programs whereby participants can achieve goals set to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and/or educational skills. Focus is given to the development of both therapeutic riding skills and the relationship between horse and rider. Certified therapeutic riding instructors provide guidance in the context of a team approach – participant, instructor, volunteers and equine working together – to carry out Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies individualized for each participant.
Shepard Meadows is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and PATH International Premier Accredited Center.
To offer a safe, compassionate environment that enables individuals to facilitate positive change and growth in their lives through interactive partnerships with horses and other animals.
To be an industry-leading, inclusive therapeutic horseback riding facility that promotes quality of life for all individuals. Our programs focus on participant strengths and abilities to ultimately increase function, independence, confidence, health and wellness.
We provide both mounted and unmounted Horsemanship programs in a safe and professionally supervised environment. Participants will experience: Horseback riding, horsemanship skills and learning how spending time with a horse can heal a human.