At Rising Tide we offer individualized programs. Lesson plans are created in a team approach with realistic goals established for each person. At the end of each session, we assess the progress and determine if the objectives are helping to meet the goals. A main goal for each student is to feel a sense of accomplishment, as well as the development of a relationship with the horse.
What is Therapeutic Horsemanship? Therapeutic horsemanship encompasses many activities that partner with the horse. Based on input from therapists, teachers, doctors, and parents, the client's individual goals are designed to complement ongoing therapy and education. Benefits of the equine experience are threefold:
1. Physical - The motion of the horse stimulates the rider much like the motion of walking. Riding also relaxes and strengthens muscles while improving muscle tone, posture, balance, joint mobility, and coordination.
2. Emotional - Interactions with horses provide a noncompetitive setting for learning new abilities, self-discipline, and improved concentration which all help in building self-confidence.
3. Social - Horseback riding nurtures a positive self-image. Riders and handlers experience independence plus a sense of being part of a team.
Since 1969, PATH Intl. (www.pathintl.org) formerly known as NARHA, has helped therapeutic riding programs flourish throughout the country. PATH Intl. administers a certification program for riding instructors and provides guidelines for selecting riders for whom for therapeutic riding activities are suitiable and appropriate.
Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc. is currently a PATH member with three certified riding instructor.
Who is Served by PATH Intl.'s Members?
Individuals with the following disabilities commonly participate and benefit from equine facilitated therapy and activities: