Saturday, December 7, 2013

Therapeutic Horseback Riding: A unique and wonderful type of therapy

Therapeutic horseback riding is a wonderful form of therapy that individuals enjoy doing and don't even realize how hard they are working some times.  I have had the honor of volunteering at Hope Haven Horse Farm this past year, and I have found it to be a very rewarding experience.  It amazes me at what individuals can do on horseback.

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology has been working with Hope Haven Horse Farm to make different prototypes that will help with therapeutic horseback riding.  There are facilities all over the country, and possibly even world, that are helping individuals with special needs participate in a unique form of therapy.  It is Rose Hulman's hope to help out not only Hope Haven, but in turn to develop tools that can be used anywhere.

The Blue Van Project is a husband and wife team that have set out to make documentaries about public service.  They recently spent some time at Hope Haven, and they made a documentary about the wonderful things going on there.

I am very proud of this place, but my main reason for sharing it with you is to show the benefits that therapeutic horseback riding has had on certain adults with special needs.  Highlighted in this video are a client with autism, two clients who have traumatic brain injury, one with Down syndrome, and one with quadriplegia from a car wreck.

This is a longer video, but it speaks volumes about what this type of therapy can do for someone.  I recently posted about how students from Marquette University and  Milwaukee Institute of Art were helping Kailyn develop a way to eat easier and this video talks about how Rose Hulman is helping our riders.  It is so wonderful that college students are helping individuals with special needs all over the world.

Do you have a therapeutic horseback riding facility near you?  We would love to hear about it!
Do you have a college or university helping out individuals with special needs in your area?  Tell us about it!


Heather S. loves the laughter that occurs every time she is at the farm.  It is apparent even in this video that we have a lot of fun doing what we do.  Great clients and great volunteers/staff.

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