Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

Therapeutic riding, also called adaptive riding, incorporates a wide range of individualized goals into the structure of mounted riding lessons conducted by PATH Intl. certified instructors. Individuals may receive private lessons, or may participate in group lessons of three or four riders. Therapeutic riding may be more appropriate for you or your child than clinical therapy services, but is generally not reimbursable by most insurance providers. In addition, the elements of good horsemanship (non-mounted ground work) are included as part of our instruction. The benefits of therapeutic riding and horsemanship may include improvements in strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, self-confidence, self-esteem, focus, concentration and following instructions.

Provided there are no physical or medical contraindications, therapeutic riding is appropriate for individuals ages three and older (excluding the diagnosis of Down Syndrome), that weigh less than 200 pounds, and have a diagnosed physical, cognitive or emotional challenge. Some of the more common disabilities served are Down syndrome (minimum age 4), cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, speech delay, stroke/traumatic brain injury, and PTSD.

Pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy incorporating horses

To determine if therapy incorporating horses, sometimes called hippotherapy, is appropriate for your child, please contact your therapist directly. They may be able to incorporate the use of the horse's movement into their overall treatment plan. Therapy incorporating equines may be reimbursable under your insurance plan. The BARN currently works with the providers at both location of The Pediatric Place LLC to provide clinically appropriate services.