What Are Equine-Assisted Activities?
Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) and/or Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) serve as an umbrella for a variety of horse-related services such as: Therapeutic adaptive riding, Hippotherapy, Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Interactive Vaulting, Therapeutic Carriage Driving, 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 Therapeutic Riding
Horses In the Moment
The History of Therapeutic Adaptive Riding
NDR Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic 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. It is composed of a structured interaction with the rider, instructor, volunteer, and horse.
NDR’s PATH, Intl. certified instructors provide a safe environment where participants/riders can enjoy therapeutic adaptive horsemanship. It is a therapeutic 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 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.