Therapeutic Programs

Courage Rock Stable is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (Path Intl.) as our instructor is also certified through this organization.  We follow PATH Intl. Standards that exist to provide consistent safety provisions for participants, highly-regarded facility and program management processes and humane treatment for working with equines.  All of our therapeutic programs are limited to weather and seasonal sessions.

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Therapeutic Horsemanship

Therapeutic horsemanship is a non-therapy service facilitated by a PATH Intl. CTRI (Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor) focused on unmounted activities and creative games to develop  the healthful benefits of interacting with horses.  This program is offered to individuals or groups with various diagnosis and abilities from age 5 to 18.  The sessions are developed to set and achieve goals that develop into life skills.    

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Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is a non-therapy service taught by a PATH Intl. CTRI (Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor) focused on mounted activities to develop horsemanship skills and provide the healthful benefits of interacting with horses.  This program is offered to individuals or groups with various diagnosis and abilities from age 5 to 18.  The six week sessions or private lessons are developed to learn horseback riding skills and incorporate therapeutic goals which are built on skills learned each week.

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Benefits of Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship

Working with horses has a variety of physical, social and emotional benefits.
Physical health benefits include improved fitness, balance, coordination and motor skill development.
Working with horses, a team of volunteers, other riders, and the instructor offers the social benefits from being part of a community.
Cognitive skills are enhanced through the vibrations produced by the horse while riding that activate the sympathetic nervous system, which enhances learning in children.
The emotional benefits of working with horses are demonstrated through accomplishments that increase self-confidence as well as the connection between human and horse.