Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Equestrian Activities
Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center, Siletz, Oregon
Mounted horseback riding is intended for any person with a special need or disability. Lessons are adapted to fit the needs of the client by utilizing specially trained horses, volunteers, and adaptive equipment as needed.

Clients focus on learning riding skills, and the Instructor incorporates their school and/or life goals into the lesson by using activities to target the goals.

Some common school and life goals are:
  • developing balance and core strength
  • increased focus
  • motor planning
  • problem solving skills
  • independence
  • self-confidence
Therapeutic riding can be effective for:
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Visual/Hearing Impairment
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Spina Bifida
  • Multiple Sclerosis
Rider with a Side Walker
Rider with a Side Walker

Therapeutic riding reduces anxiety and provides riders with a sense of empowerment. Special needs riders often experience independence in a unique way: they are able to control a 1,000-pound animal!

Riders also develop an awareness of being part of a team as they learn skills and participate in a recognized sport – many for the first time. All riders grow in self-esteem which they take back into their own worlds when they leave Bright Horizons.

Confidence builder
Confidence builder


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