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To contact Equi-Ed about student enrollment, call (707) 5-HORSES (546-7737) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equi-Ed offers to students with and without disabilities who participate in therapeutic riding, the opportunity to experience physical, emotional and mental benefits:
Increased balance, muscle control and strength: Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the human body in a manner similar to the human walking gait thereby providing the upper and lower body sensation and mental image of walking. It stimulates passive exercise, which increases cardiovascular, musculatory and respiratory strength.
Increased concentration, patience, and discipline: Activities such as grooming, identifying parts of tack, maneuvering through an obstacle course, learning a simple dressage pattern provide opportunities for problem solving, impulse control and sequencing.
Improved social skills and personal relationships. As a social creature, the horse will readily bond with humans with no pre-judgment, in this unique relationship trust and communication can be developed.
Disabilities which can benefit include paralysis, autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, amputations, multiple sclerosis, head injury, developmental delays, learning disabilities, spina bifida, deaf, blind, and those who have experienced emotional or physical trauma.
For enrollment, please download and complete the Medical Packet and Student Packet. Students must complete and return these packets to participate with Equi-Ed. In addition, students must schedule a visit to meet staff and see the facility prior to their first lesson. Please contact us to set up a time.
In recognition that some students may not be able to participate due to financial constraints, Equi-Ed also makes direct scholarship funds available toward the session fees. To apply for direct scholarship assistance, please complete the Scholarship Application found here.
"My autistic daughter is 17 years old and has been riding horses at Equi-ed for the past 10 years. It's a highlight of her week. In addition to having fun, riding has taught her patience and control of her body. She's learned to control the horse independently and is quite proud of her ability to do so. She has limited language, but knows "walk on," "trot," "whoa," "helmet," "reins."
Carolyn, parent of student