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 Bedford Equine Assisted Therapy |Horses for Special Needs

adaptive riding lessons for both children and adults with a broad range of disabilities, Equine Learning Program, Twin Lakes Farm, individualized private, semi-private and group lessons year-round | Westchester Access Equestrian

914-552-5591 
  Access Equestrian is conveniently located at two facilities in Westchester County - Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, NY and Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville, NY.

From Access Equestrian: "Access Equestrian was established in 2013 to provide adaptive riding lessons for both children and adults with a broad range of disabilities. We are incorporated in the state of New York as a not-for-profit organization and in the process of applying for our federal 501.c.3 status. We operate programs at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, NY and at Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville, NY. Access Equestrian | Westchester  website and more . . .

10506, Therapeutic Horsemanship, therapeutic benefits of equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs, Bedford, NY, hippotherapy, Programs at Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, equine assisted activities to enhance horsemanship skills | Westchester Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship

858-342-1397 
  Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, providing therapeutic benefits of equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs, is located at 1 Succabone Road, Bedford, NY 10506 in Westchester County.

From Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship: "Founded in November of 2014, Endeavor is a PATH International Member Center and a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation located at 1 Succabone Rd, Bedford, NY 10506. Endeavor offers recreation or competition based therapeutic riding lessons for individuals of all levels, hippotherapy, and ground programming to individuals with special needs, at-risk youth and residential facilities. We believe that our horses educate, empathize and empower our participants, their family, and our larger community. We welcome all siblings of active participants to enroll in our programs." Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship | Westchester  website and more . . .

PATH International, Therapeutic Horsemanship, equine-assisted activities and therapies, North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding, horseback riding, EAAT, therapeutic carriage driving | Westchester PATH International

 
  PATH International, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International , promoting diversity and opportunity in equine-assisted activities and therapies, is a global authority, resource, and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit.

From PATH: "PATH International was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs. PATH International | Westchester  website and more . . .
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10708, equestrian center, Bronxville, NY, riding academy, competitive show stable, Therapeutic Riding Programs, about therapeutic riding, Equestrian Facilities at Twin Lakes Farm, Boarding, English riding lessons, Horse shows, Summer Camp | Westchester Twin Lakes Farm

914-961-2192 
  Twin Lakes Farm, an equestrian center, is located at 960 California Road, Bronxville, NY 10708 in Westchester County.

From Twin Lakes Farm: "Twin Lakes Farm is a riding academy and competitive show stable that is situated on two campuses, both located in Twin Lakes Park on the border of Eastchester and Bronxville, NY. The "South Barn" is where the boarders keep their horses, the show team practices and the rated USEF horse shows are hosted. The "North Barn" is where our riding school, IEA and Drill Teams lesson and practice- seven days a week! The farms sit on 150 acres of protected parkland, including miles of trails. Each campus has its own indoor arena and two outdoor areas- with stadium lighting so that we can enjoy outdoor lessons after dark. Twin Lakes Farm | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Eastchester Equine Assisted Therapy |Horses for Special Needs

Park, nature study, stables, riding, bridle trails, Things To Do, Equestrian Trails, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, horses for hire, Nature Study, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing, Ice Skating | Westchester Twin Lakes Park and Nature Study Woods

914-961-2192 
  Twin Lakes Park and Nature Study Woods, a park and an equestrian center offering boarding, leasing, horse shows, English riding, and therapeutic riding, is located at 960 California Road, Bronxville, NY 10708 in Westchester County.

From Twin Lakes: "Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester and Nature Study Woods in New Rochelle, are composed of two land parcels separated by the Hutchinson River Parkway. The native woodland surrounds a series of lakes that make up the predominant character of the parks. Access to Nature Study Woods is on Webster Road in New Rochelle. Twin Lakes Park and Nature Study Woods | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Scarsdale Equine Assisted Therapy |Horses for Special Needs

10583, Therapeutic Riding, Riverdale Stables, Bronx, therapeutic benefits of horseback riding, equine-assisted activities to individuals faced, PATH-certified instructor, horsemanship skills, premier horseback riding facility in New York | Westchester Flying Manes Therapeutic Riding

718-679-5354 
  Flying Manes Therapeutic Riding is located in Scarsdale, NY 10583; and operates at Riverdale Stables at West 254th Street & Broadway in the Bronx. It is wheelchair accessible and convenient to public transportation.

From Flying Manes: "Flying Manes Therapeutic Riding is committed to providing the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities to individuals faced with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Flying Manes Therapeutic Riding | Westchester  website and more . . .

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Verified (2015) up-to-date list of Hudson Valley equestrian facilities (horse farms) that provide Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and Therapeutic Riding. Find horse farms in the Hudson Valley that support and provide services to people with disabilities through equine assisted therapy (EAT); horse therapy for children and adults with special needs.

What is Therapeutic riding?
Therapeutic riding is the use of horses and equine-assisted activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities. Therapeutic Riding is an alternative treatment to traditional clinical settings; where the warmth and rhythmic movement of a horse can be used to achieve therapeutic goals.

What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy literally means 'treatment with the help of the horse' from the Greek word, hippos meaning horse. Hippotherapy refers to the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement.


Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) Programs
EAT offers many benefits and can serve as a source of fun and adventure to a special needs individual. Find equine facilities for your special needs child or adult in the Hudson Valley. Children of all ages and adults with special needs can benefit from Equine Assisted Therapy. Special needs individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities benefit from therapeutic horseback riding and other equine activities. The types of disabilities and conditions served include:
    Amputations
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    Autism
    Brain Injuries
    Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
    Cerebral Palsy
    Cognitive or Development Delay
    Down Syndrome
    Emotional Disabilities
    Learning Disabilities
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Muscular Dystrophy
    Post Polio Speech Impairments
    Spina Bifida
    Spinal Cord Injuries
    Visual Impairments

From: Ride to Walk
"The benefits of Therapeutic Riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

"It is believed that for individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with a horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The sense of independence found on horseback benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association."

Therapeutic riding offers excellent results for:
    Adult stroke patients
    Adults or children with brain injuries
    Children with cerebral palsy
"In addition to the physical benefits, therapeutic riding offers psychological benefits because riders feel a sense of achievement and control. Therapeutic riding requires balance and muscular control that often enhances or expedites recovery. The slow, continuous, rhythmic motion of the gait of the horse is therapeutic and helps develop the muscles around the spine.”


From: Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
"Therapeutic riding uses horses and ponies to provide therapy, achievement, and enjoyment to people with disabilities. The act of therapeutic riding can be life-changing for adults and children with special needs.

About RDA: "At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. The key therapeutic factor in RDA is the movement of the horse. Riding provides physiotherapy on the move; the warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the body of the rider helping you to relax, and strengthen your core muscles enabling you to become stronger and more supple. Many riders also find that riding helps improve their posture, balance and coordination.

"RDA research shows that our riders experience significant positive change in their capacities for communication, confidence, enjoyment, relating, physical improvement and learning horsemanship.

"Adults and children can not only benefit from therapeutic riding with RDA; some centers also provide carriage driving and vaulting, which is gymnastics on horseback, and hippotherapy, when a horse is used to provide physiotherapy."

Hippotheraphy is the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength.


From: Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
"EAGALA is a nonprofit 501©3 organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. The association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), EAGALA provides an opportunity for a second career for horses retired from racing. EAGALA has more than 4,000 members in 49 countries and continues to grow."

What is EAP and EAL?
    "Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or 'brief' approach.

    "EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs."

    "Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is similar to EAP but where the focus is on learning or educational goals. EAL still involves the team of mental health professional and horse professional working with the clients and horses. The focus however is on education and learning specific skills as defined by the individual or group, such as improved product sales for a company, leadership skills for a school group, or resiliency training for our military warriors."

Brief History of Therapeutic Riding by Alexa Briscoe at Circle of Hope
"To be honest, nobody really does have a full understanding of that first part its origins. The fact is that there are historical accounts of people with disabilities riding horses as long ago as the times of the ancient Greeks, who recognized that horses had the potential to be more than just a means of getting from Athens to Corinth, or succeeding in battle.

"Some suggests that the ancient Chinese also recognized the horse in this manner. Therapeutic riding in some form or another has probably existed since that time of antiquity.

"However, the beginnings of modern therapeutic riding could probably be traced to turn-of-the-century England. At this time, Oxford Hospital doctors and therapists offered horseback therapy to soldiers wounded in World War I. By the 1950s, they were probing the possibility of making the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding available to people with a wider range of disabilities.

"1952 is a year often marked as one which provided unprecedented impetus to the therapeutic riding movement. In that year, Helsinki's Olympic Games, Liz Hartel, despite being confined to a wheelchair due to polio, rode away with the silver medal in the discipline of dressage. The Danish woman's achievement jolted medical and equine professionals throughout Europe, and soon many centers for therapeutic riding were established across the continent. Even the British Royal Family was impressed, and granted support for the founding of the British Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in 1969.

"Simultaneously, word of the new therapy tool began to reach North America. Centers were developed in Canada and the United States, and North American professionals, like their European colleagues, quickly realized a need for an organization to govern therapeutic riding activities and provide information to the public. To that end, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) was founded in 1969. NARHA still provides training and education, safety guidelines, instructor certification, and center accreditation (which Circle of Hope has earned).

"Today, riders with disabilities continue to enjoy the many benefits of the horse. The field is widely recognized by medical and therapy professions, whose practitioners regularly refer patients and students to therapeutic riding programs. Hippotherapy (physical therapy on horseback, with the horse acting as a dynamic moving surface) continues to develop. Horses have become everyday heroes, helping and befriending people with a variety of disabilities."

Sources of information
Ride to Walk
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
Circle of Hope




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