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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Parking Area, Front Desk Area

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Adapted P.E./Therapeutic Recreation, P.T., O.T., Registered Nurse
  • Staff Certification:American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 5 to 99

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    hydraulic wheelchair lift for mounting individuals onto the horse

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Scholarships and prepaid package discounts may be available.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Therapeutic riding is an individualized program of learning to ride a horse which takes into account a person's physical, mental, and emotional strengths and limitations. The horses, staff, and volunteers involved in therapeutic riding have all been carefully selected and trained to accommodate the physical, mental, or social disabilities of the rider. Goals of therapeutic riding vary as much as the individual participants. Improved physical strength, balance, mobility and coordination are accomplished through the physical act of riding a horse. Increased attention, concentration, learning, and verbal skills are inherent in learning the skills necessary to ride successfully. Bonding with the horse, making new friends, and respecting authority are some of the social improvements we see. Improvements in self esteem, self control, and confidence also arise from the experience of success in learning to ride. Therapeutic riding is fun and effective!

Children and adults may participate individually or as part of a group in one or more of our therapeutic riding programs. Winslow typically offers 10 week sessions for spring, summer, and fall programs. Some programs are offered to children and adolescents through their school or residential placements. However individuals may sign up for therapeutic riding at any time during the year. Winslow has programs designed to help children and adults with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, communication disorders, emotional problems, social disorders, stress related issues, and adjustment difficulties. Instructors will interview parents or guardians and involved professionals to gather information about the rider's capabilities and goals. Riders will then be offered a program that best fits their needs. Adaptive equipment is available.

Hippotherapy is physical therapy that utilizes the natural movement of the horse to help riders regain physical strength, mobility, and coordination. The similarities between a horse's pelvic movements at a walk, and the movement of a normal human pelvis enables the rider to physically learn or relearn skills and movements that may have been lost or compromised. Speech, physical, or occupational therapy patients can improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, respiration, strength, and body awareness as they sit upon and ride a horse in an enjoyable and effective method of treatment. Hippotherapy patients tend to be the best motivated physical therapy patients, because the work is fun!