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7126 FM 359 RD
Richmond, Texas 77406

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Therapeutic Horsemanship

Very simply phrased, it’s people interacting with horses.  The program focus is two-fold: teaching riding skills and incorporating potential therapeutic benefits into the riding lesson.

The rhythmic way that horses move mimics the human movement of walking. In riding a horse, the stride of the horse actually moves the rider’s pelvis by rotating and moving from side to side, similar to the human walk. This creates a unique neuromuscular stimulation. As the horse adjusts its gait, the rider also must constantly adjust the speed of their own pelvic motion. 

Aside from riding, the relationship with the horse is developed as part of their therapeutic goals. Participants take part in the care and grooming of the horse, such as brushing, bathing, and carrying. These movements can help improve joint range of motion and can have a relaxing and calming effect.

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We are a 50l(c)3 organization that provides therapeutic horsemanship programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs.