All programming at TRI is conducted by PATH Intl certified professional staff, utilizing trained volunteers and very special equine partners. To find out more about specific opportunities, contact Michele Green, Program Director, at MGreen@TRIOhio.org or 937-619-7577.
What are equine-assisted activities and therapies?
“Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of individuals with and without special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). A physical, cognitive or emotional special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. In fact, such interactions can prove highly rewarding. For instance, experiencing the rhythmic motion of a horse can be very beneficial. Riding a horse moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
Whether it’s a five-year-old with Down syndrome, a 45-year-old recovering from a spinal cord injury, a senior citizen recovering from a stroke or a teenager struggling with depression, research shows that individuals of all ages who participate in EAAT can experience physical and emotional rewards. For individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. For teams in the corporate workplace and any individual seeking better leadership, team building or communication skills, working with horses provides a powerful new paradigm.” (http://www.pathintl.org/resources-education/resources/eaat)
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
For participants ages 5 and up, therapeutic riding is a recreational activity that provides opportunities for physical, emotional and cognitive benefit through horseback riding. All participants work towards individualized goals in a safe, fun and compassionate environment. You can learn more about therapeutic riding here!
Equine Assisted Learning
This program, developed and operated with our partner South Community Specialized Youth Services (https://www.southcommunity.com/), emphasizes appropriate behavior and emotional management, as well as social and horsemanship skills. South Community brings participants from elementary, middle and high school to the barn to work with our Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, our horses and trained volunteers weekly throughout the school year. To learn more about Equine Assisted Learning an its benefits, click here!
Horses Assisting Heroes
This program provides an opportunity for service members (active duty or retired) to experience the challenges and joys of horseback riding with up to two family members or support team members. The emphasis on learning safe, correct horsemanship serves as a starting point for increased communication and enjoyment of a new experience as a team.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Run in collaboration with a licensed mental health professional, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is the act of working with a horse and walking around a therapy center releases energy, encouraging clients to open up to their treatment. When a client needs to learn about empathy and anger management, a horse’s physical responses can be a powerful motivator.
While an equine-facilitated psychotherapy session may vary, most include a certified therapist, a therapy horse and a specially certified instructor to monitor safety, the horse’s behavior and the client. We currently work with Riverscape Counseling to provide EFP. To learn more about EFP and its benefits, click here!
TRI encourages our community partners to bring small groups to the barn for a two hour inclusive experience that provides opportunities to learn about horses, groom and lead horses, as well as team building opportunities.
Get Started with TRI:
- Contact TRI’s Program Director, Michele Green at 937-619-7577 or MGreen@TRIOhio.org to find out if TRI is right for you.
- Fill out and submit the 2019 Student Registration Packet.
- Schedule a new student evaluation.
- Consider applying for scholarship opportunities.
2019 New Student Evalution dates:
Session 1: 8 weeks – March 16 – May 16
(No Lessons 4/19 – 4/26)
Session 2: 4 weeks : June 1 – June 27
Session 3: 8 weeks : July 22 – September 21
Fall Student Horse Show: October 5th
Session 4: 8 weeks: October 10 – December 12