“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” -Winston Churchill
Willow Farm Therapeutic Riding serves as a center for continual development, implementation and evaluation of a therapeutic riding program for children and young adults between the ages of 4 and 26, all of whom have a physician diagnosed disability. The format of the program is built around PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) guidelines of: (1) Therapy, (2) Education, (3) Sports and (4) Leisure and Recreation, with additional emphasis on developing assets in responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. A collaborative team approach of therapists, physicians, family and equine specialists determine goals and objectives for each student to provide the most appropriate, safe, services possible.
To best serve our population with a safe environment that is beneficial to the riders while they have a great time. We work very hard to have group involvement between parents, student, riding instructor, and therapist. We feel this is the best way to make sure our students are getting the best outcome from their time at the farm. The students are in a social environment while working on their individual needs. We want to offer a relationship with a horse that will hopefully extend past the arena and be helpful in everyday life.
This year’s schedule is slightly different from last year. We are taking off part of August because we find that people are just too busy in that month. Please remember that the classes fill first come, first serve. We look forward to seeing you this riding season!
Being a volunteer in our program not only makes it possible for our students to ride, but we have heard over and over from our volunteers how much they enjoy their time with the program. Join us to see the great smiles that our riders have while being with ‘their’ horse and let those smiles spread to you.
Heroes with Horses
This is a new program for us. We are looking to be another place to give our Veterans and Active Duty members of the military a way to get back into life at home.