What is Equine Assisted Learning & 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!
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!
Get Started with TRI:
- Contact TRI’s Program Director, Kathy Corbett at 937-317-4545 or KCorbett@TRIOhio.org to find out if TRI is right for you.
- Fill out and submit the registration packet found here: 2020 TRI Student Registration
- Program Director will call you to schedule a time for a New Student Evaluation.
- Consider applying for scholarship opportunities.
TRI 2020 Sessions
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, TRI’s 2020 session calendar is pending. We are currently working to start a Summer Session, though registrations are full. For questions or more information, contact Program Director Kathy Corbett at email@example.com or 937-317-4545.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Since 1973, TRI has assisted children, youth, and adults with a vast array of physical, mental, and emotional challenges to improve their lives through the innate therapeutic qualities of a horse.
The horses’ natural movement engages the human body in a manner that simulates walking. It is not uncommon that a student who has mobility limitations before riding will show improvements in their ability to ambulate after their lesson due to the improved core strength and flexibility derived from riding their horse. Whereas physical therapy in a room may be a chore, riding becomes a treat. Students have an opportunity to work on life skills, concentration, following directions, and working with others through horseback riding skills. Students are able to progress and increase in their knowledge of horsemanship skills through their participation in lessons. Students look forward to riding their special four-footed friend and working with their dedicated volunteer each week during their eight week session.
30 Minute Group: $280 – 8 week session, $140 – 4 week session
45 Minute Group: $320 – 8 week session, $160 – 4 week session
60 Minute Horsemanship Class: $360 – 8 week session, $180 – 4 week session
Private Lessons (30 minutes): $400 – 8 week session, $200 – 4 week session