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The primary partner for equine assisted activities and therapies such as Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Hippotherapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Therapeutic Riding may be an emerging area of practice, but it is certainly not a new idea. As far back as Ancient Greece, the power of using a horse for helping people was recognized and utilized. Then, the European countries started formalizing the use of a horse in therapy and now today it is a world wide recognized therapy.  Therapeutic Riding is provided by a certified instructor and has horsemanship goals created around each participant’s abilities and challenges. Equine Assisted Learning is an educational approach focusing on personal growth, teamwork, and development of life skills through equine interactions and partnerships.  Hippotherapy is provided by a physical, occupational, or speech therapist and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is provided by a licensed psychotherapist, psychologist, or counselor.  Both of these therapies have rehabilitative goals related to the participant’s needs and the medical professional’s standard of practice.

Programs

Riders develop a sense of well-being, improve self-confidence and self-initiative, as well as a sense of independence and acceptance.  Therapeutic riding contributes positively to balance, reflexes, cognitive skills, focus, and communication skills of individuals through the learning of  horsemanship skills.

Group Lessons: $35/lesson/rider

Group lessons are 50-60 minutes long and include 2-5 riders depending on the skill level of the participants.  These lessons are offered year-round.  Reach 4A Star Riding Academy offers a sliding scale for individuals on a limited income who need assistance with affording this valuable service.

Private Lessons:  $45/lesson

Private lessons are 50-60 minutes long and are offered year-round.  Reach 4A Star does not offer the sliding scale for private lessons.

Special Olympics Equestrian Training:  $35/lesson

Special Olympics requires athletes to have a minimum of 10 hours of training prior to competition, but they recommend 20 hours of training for equestrian events.  Special Olympics State Equestrian Competition is held in August, so training starts the beginning of May to ensure athletes have enough training prior to competing.  Reach 4A Star offers the sliding scale for athletes wanting to train for the equestrian competition.

 

Equine Assisted Learning

Participants explore previously unrecognized leadership qualities while developing positive communication skills through shared experiences with horses, certified riding instructors, and when necessary, other credentialed practitioners.  Equine assisted learning is an educational approach focusing on personal growth, teamwork, and development of life skills through equine interactions and partnerships.

Group Lessons:  Prices vary

Group lessons typically range from 90-120 minutes in duration.  Group size varies from 3-8 and lessons are offered year-round.

Private Lessons:  $45/lesson

Private lessons are 50-60 minutes long and are offered year-round.

Camps: Prices vary

Half-day and Full-Day camps are available.  Curriculum is designed specific to each group.  Group size not to exceed 30 people.  Camps are not available from Nov.-Mar.  

Workshops:  Prices vary

Workshops are 1-½ to 2 days in duration for groups ideally no larger than 10.  Curriculum is designed specific to each group and are available year round.

Veterans’ Programs

Veterans participate in individual and group lessons beginning with ground/unmounted lessons and progressing to riding/mounted lessons.  

 

Equine Assisted Therapies

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy:  This approach involves a Licensed Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist to address client goals.  This therapy is an interactive process between the horse, client, and therapist to foster empathy, trust, relationship building, emotional control, and communication skills.  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy will become available soon.

Hippotherapy: This treatment strategy is used by physical and occupational therapists, as well as speech pathologists, to address functional limitations or concerns.  The movement of the horse facilitates improved core strength, flexibility, muscle tone, neurological function, and sensory processing.  Hippotherapy via Occupational Therapy will become available in the Fall of 2018. 

If you are interested in riding at Reach 4A Star Riding Academy call Karol at 307-472-7827.

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