The Hanson Center�s therapeutic horsemanship program specializes in serving persons with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The program offers beginning and intermediate English and Western riding lessons for children and adults, beginning at age three.
Lessons are offered year-round in six week sessions, Monday through Saturday. Lessons are conducted in the Center�s five-year old heated indoor arena, "Marcia�s Place." Persons without disabilities may take lessons on a space available basis.
The old red barn, dating back to the 1920s when the Hanson Center grounds were part of a working dairy farm, continues to stand, and houses many farm animals that are part of a petting zoo and a new Farm & Nature Study Center.
Therapeutic riding is proven to have many benefits for people with disabilities including those who use wheelchairs, persons who are visually impaired and blind and individuals with intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities. Benefits of therapeutic riding include improved coordination and muscle tone, improved respiratory system, stretching of contracted muscles and bones, and increased self-confidence.
The information provided in this website was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number U59DD000906 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.
Copyright © of The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama