Heritage Christian Stables is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults. With the assistance of highly skilled riding instructors and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, this program provides an exciting opportunity for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth.
Healing with Horses
As Sir Winston Churchill once said: “There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.” At Heritage Christian Stables, we believe the special bond between a rider and their horse can help people with disabilities reach beyond their limitations to achieve their dreams.
Therapeutic Horsemanship impacts a person’s physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual well being. The horse’s walk mimics the three dimensional movement of the human walk, offering riders the rhythmic movement and opportunities for improvement in balance, symmetry, and muscle strengthening. Participants are provided with cognitive tasks to improve following directions, sequencing, and meeting educational goals. Psychologically, it’s empowering for the rider to be able to control a 1,000-pound animal and develop a bond with a horse that positively affects the participant’s self-esteem and confidence. Therapeutic horsemanship allows people to strengthen their bodies and minds, freeing their spirit to do the things they never thought possible. And best of all, it’s fun!
Volunteers are Essential to our Success
The continued success of the therapeutic horsemanship program relies heavily on volunteers, which help to run lessons year-round. Riders may require as many as three people to assist them – one “side walker” on each side of the horse and one “horse leader” responsible for guiding the equine. Experience is not required. All necessary training is provided.
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EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES
Our hallmark equine assisted horseback riding and non-riding horsemanship lessons is inclusive to people of all abilities. This program is for all ages and is designed to enrich a person’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being, while also building confidence and self-esteem.
LESSON FOR COMMUNITY RIDERS
Registration is open for anyone interested in horseback riding and learning how to take care of horses. Whether you are a beginner or looking to get back into the saddle, we have lessons for all ages and abilities. We offer riding and on the ground horsemanship.
LESSONS FOR VETERANS
Equine Assisted Therapy is an effective way for improving mental, emotional and physical health on all levels. We offer mounted lessons as well as unmounted horsemanship lessons. Veterans will be able to enhance their confidence, leadership skills, and alleviate stress while working with the horses.
The Pony Adventure Program is a program for riders and participants of all levels. Each program has a different age recommendation associated with it. The program will provide the opportunity for individuals to ride horses during each session, enjoy time in the stables, and be creative
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