What Are Equine-Assisted Activities?
Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) serves as an umbrella for a variety of horse-related services such as: Adaptive Riding, Ground-Based activities, Horsemanship, Horsemanship Camps, Recreational activities, Team Building, and Horse Grooming.
Equine-Assisted Activities are used for individuals with disabilities and/or limitations such as (but not limited to) physical, cognitive, behavioral, developmental, and emotional challenges. Research has shown that the motion of a horse’s gait mimics those of the natural human walk. The movement patterns from a horse can provide sensory stimulus to participants in real time encouraging experiential learning and positive outcomes for individual goals.
THE EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAMS WE OFFER
NDR provides equine-assisted activities (EAA) for people with disabilities/limitations ages 4 and up. Our exceptional staff has over 40 years of combined experience working with horses and those with disabilities and/or limitations.
Adaptive Riding, Ground-Based and Horsemanship
The History of (Therapeutic) Adaptive Riding
NDR Therapeutic Riding
"Therapeutic" Adaptive riding has been available in the United States since the 1960s. It is considered a recreational equine-assisted activity as the service is provided by a riding instructor and not a licensed mental health, occupational, physical or speech therapist. Therapeutic riding is “adaptive” horsemanship for people with disabilities/limitations. Horsemanship is for people ages 4 and up without disabilities/limitations. Both are composed of a structured interaction with the rider, instructor, volunteers, and horse.
NDR’s PATH, Intl. certified instructors provide a safe environment where participants/riders can enjoy "experiential" or real time learning. It is an exercise in mind and body that offers lesson plans that are sensitive to each participant/rider’s needs. NDR instructors develop participant/rider-centered plans that improve riders balance, coordination, focus and muscle strength. These benefits, along with their improved self-confidence, will allow each participant/rider to work towards their individual adaptive riding and/or horsemanship goals.
Are you considering equine-assisted activities to help with your current challenges?
We care about our participants and individualize each lesson plan to reach the best results for them. Contact us to get started.