What is Therapeutic Riding?
To see individuals with disabilities ride horses is truly an unforgettable experience. Not only do they sit taller and smile more, they extend their dreams beyond the confines of their disability, into new unexplored worlds. Riding exercises the spirit as well as the body. This established treatment method is recognized and supported by medical doctors, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, and teachers. The benefits of therapeutic riding are well documented. Physically, horseback riding improves balance, muscle tone, strength, range of motion and circulation. Emotionally, riders benefit from the increased self-esteem, confidence and coping skills inherent in successfully learning to control a horse. Riding motivates increased concentration, patience and discipline. The horse has the wonderful ability to allow the rider to unconditionally bond and form a loving friendship, promoting trust. And perhaps most importantly of all…it is fun!
Who Can Ride?
Individuals of all ages, generally starting at age 4, with a wide range of physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities benefit from therapeutic horseback riding. The types of disabilities and conditions served include, but are not limited to: Amputations, Autism, Brain Injuries, Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Emotional Disabilities, Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Post Polio Speech Impairments, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries and Visual Impairments.
Before participating in therapeutic horseback riding activities, individuals need to consult with their physicians. We require each prospective rider to present a complete medical history and signed physician’s statement prior to a riding session.
What is the Cost?
Ride to Fly offers half-hour private or shared lessons with no more than two riders. Fees are based on the family’s or organization’s ability to pay. Currently, the fee is $40 per half hour lesson. We rely on donations and grants for scholarships and some operational costs.
If you would like to sign up for lessons please download & fill out the Participant Application Form. Send your completed application to: Marlin More, P.O. Box 4991, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. 90274