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Therapeutic Riding

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Our Mission: “To assist each person with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses.”

SpiritHorse Liberty provides riding lessons for special needs children and adults Free of Charge  once a week for one hour.  These lessons are: research based, private, equine-assisted, and highly effective.  Some of the disabilities we address are Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, hearing & vision impairments, brain injuries, abuse, ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavior problems.  The ages we have served are from 6 months to 61 years.  The riders are encouraged to bond with their horse.  By bonding with their horse, they learn to bond with people.  The rider learns responsibility and develops a sense of empathy by doctoring a little cut or scratch on their horse, brushing the sweat off the horse after a lesson and feeding their horse.  They will learn sequence of events while following the same steps each time they come for a lesson.  While riding, each student’s individual needs such as speech, sensory, balance, behavior, and cognitive processing are being addressed through the horse therapy.

Riding over a brick walk way or a metal bridge stimulates the child’s sensory perception.  This helped a four year old autistic boy who had a lot of “words” but had never made a complete sentence, make his first complete sentence while talking to his horse.  His parents were so happy they  were crying.

English saddles give the least amount of support of all the types of saddles.  We use English saddles for special needs children to stimulate the vestibular system.  The vestibular system is the system that sends the message to the brain that the muscles need to work although this system does not tell the brain “which” muscles need to work.  So the brain sends the message that ALL muscles need to work.  Using this therapy, Marissa can now sit on the floor by herself and is learning to walk using a walker.  “Miracles happen Every Day at SpiritHorse Liberty” says Dylan’s mom.

“STRESSED OUT???”  As our instructors and staff well know, washing and brushing a horse, cleaning a horses feet and cleaning stalls is a great way to relieve stress.

“The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.”