What are the benefits of riding and working with horses?
Riders experience a 3 dimensional movement unique to riding a horse. The horse provides a repetitive, rhythmic and variable gait which helps to improve balance, mobility, core strength, muscle control and posture. Horseback riding mimics the patterns of the human pelvis while walking. All of the body’s muscles are engaged with horseback riding either consciously or unconsciously. Interacting with a horse also has emotional, cognitive and social benefits. The unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem, improved motor planning, listening skills and others. Appropriate behaviors are reinforced in a calming environment.
Who can this help:
Clients who may benefit can have a variety of diagnoses, such as Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning or Language Disabilities. Each potential client must be evaluated on an individual basis by specially trained health professionals.
Is there a weight limit?
Equine Dreams has a weight limit of 175 lbs. If there is a participant whose weight exceeds 175 pounds, they will be considered individually and evaluated to determine eligibility. Riders over 200 pounds and riders who have minimal riding experience face limited opportunities.
Is there an age limit?
Equine Dreams accepts participants age 4 and up. All participants are evaluated prior to acceptance in the program. Interactions are specifially tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant.
How often does a student ride?
Participants ride once a week, and each lesson is specifically tailored to the students. Lessons may range from 30 minutes to an hour on average. Lessons may be individual or group, depending on the goals and objectives of each participant.
How can we get started in the program?
Click above on 'Participants' link, and scroll down to find the participant packet. Fill that out and mail to the PO Box listed on the front of the packet. If you would like to first schedule a tour or ask questions, please call us or email to set up an appointment.
What does it cost?
We are a free program.
Is special clothing necessary?
Participants are required to wear long pants for all mounted activities. No shorts of any kind are permitted. Closed-toe hard soled shoes or gym shoes are required, no sandals are allowed. Helmets will be provided.
How can I help?
Become a volunteer! Our program is run by volunteers! If you are 14 years or older, click on the 'Volunteer' link above and fill out the volunteer packet. Email us to set up an orientation.
Make a donation! We are a free program and run by public donations, fundraisers, and grants. Click here to go to our home page of the website which has information on how to donate.
How do I get additional information?
After looking at our website, if you have additional questions please don't hesitate to call us at (630)553-6950 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org