What is Therapeutic Riding?​​

​Therapeutic riding is a form of cognitive and physical therapy that takes place on horseback. The activities and exercises performed on the horses are beneficial for riders with different challenges, including, among others:

  • autism
  • Down syndrome
  • cerebral palsy
  • sensory disorders
  • paralysis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • traumatic brain injury
  • amputation

The dedicated team at Boots and Buddies has developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). These activities are supervised by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Certified Therapeutic Riding instructor with the assistance of trained volunteers. (For more information on PATH, click here.)

What are the benefits of Therapeutic Riding?
EEAT benefits people with physical, developmental, sensory, mental, and/or behavioral challenges in many ways, from the intuitiveness and gentleness of the horse to improvements in:

  • Social functioning, interaction, and responsiveness
  • Balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, and motor control
  • Sensory processing, attention, cognitive reasoning, problem solving, sequencing and planning
  • Self-control, self-confidence, self-esteem, and motivation
  • Development of  life skills including  responsibility, commitment, and trust

Through the therapeutic services we offer, our students build strong and positive relationships with their horses, fellow students, and dedicated volunteer teams, providing a positive impact on body, mind, and spirit.

boots team on trail