What is Therapeutic Horseback Riding?

Therapeutic horseback riding at Serendipity Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center is a horse-assisted activity that contributes positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. (1)

Therapeutic horseback riding provides benefits in the areas of physical health, emotional well-being, education, rest, recreation & leisure.

Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. One of the most wonderful things about therapeutic horseback riding is that an individual’s physical abilities do not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

In addition to the benefits listed above, horseback riding also provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors & country setting. Can’t walk for an hour? There’s a horse for that! Want to enjoy nature trails but can’t navigate the terrain? There’s a horse for that too!

Therapeutic horseback riding also helps individuals gain feelings of emotional well-being and confidence when learning to direct and bond with these gentle horses. Many riders build a relationship with their horse that benefits all…many volunteers and persons who work with horses also experience these benefits and find that time spent in the stables is beneficial to all.

At Serendipity Therapeutic Riding Center, A Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) center certified staff member & competent volunteers works closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is typically assisted by two sidewalkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader. Riding classes are taught by an instructor who has a strong equine background, as well as an understanding of various disabilities.

Contact Serendipity Therapeutic Horseback Riding to find out more information and set up an appointment to meet our horses!

Serendipity Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center

73 Lamoreaux Rd

Hunlock’s Creek, PA 18621

Call (570) 561-6743

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