Equine Therapy Programs at The Carriage Barn

At The Carriage Barn, we believe that a quiet, natural, outdoor setting provides a serene learning environment. Our specially trained instructors, certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, formerly NARHA), provide therapeutic riding and carriage driving. The Carriage Barn programs use a team approach to help each participant maximize the benefits of the equine relationship. Participant, horse, instructor / therapist, and volunteers are part of this team.

Learn more about our programs by clicking the tabs below.

Therapeutic Riding

HomeThumb_Therapy_JoshBen_350Research shows that people who participate in therapeutic riding benefit physically, emotionally, and mentally. The benefits of therapeutic riding have been recognized by many medical professionals, including occupational, physical, speech, mental health, and recreational therapists.

Lessons are offered on a private and semi-private / group basis.

 

Benefits include improved:

  • Physical strength & conditioning
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication
  • Relaxation, recreation & socialization
  • Flexibility, balance, coordination, postural alignment, range of motion

Download our application package here (PDF)

Therapeutic Driving

ThCarriageDrCarriage driving gives participants an alternative to riding, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, allergies, asthma, fear of heights, the inability to sit astride, or other issues. It can also provide the client with a unique movement experience.

Therapeutic Driving is about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills using teamwork.

Benefits include improved:

  • Physical strength & conditioning
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication
  • Relaxation, recreation & socialization
  • Flexibility, balance, coordination, postural alignment, range of motion

Download our application package here (PDF)

Hippotherapy

HippotherapyHippotherapy is a term that refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment tool by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Hippotherapy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.

In hippotherapy, the patient engages in activities on the horse that are enjoyable and challenging. In the controlled environment, the therapist modifies the horse’s movement and carefully grades sensory input. Specific riding skills are not taught, but rather a foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.  Hippotherapy is offered on a one-on-one basis.

Download our application package here (PDF)

Group Horsemanship

GroupHorsemanship600pxClients learn about horse management, care and handling, nutrition, and first aid.  These “non-riding” group lessons can be set up for one to two hours per visit up to half and full days.

Benefits include improved:

  • Cognitive abilities
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication
  • Relaxation, recreation & socialization

Group Driving

YoungDriversCampThis course covers all aspects of horse harness, carriage styles and functions, as well as ground driving, hitching, and carriage driving. Students will be introduced to various antique and contemporary competition vehicles. This program is available to small groups (up to six) on a weekly (three hours per visit) basis for five to six weeks, or daily half- or full-day for three to five days.

 

Benefits include improved:

  • Cognitive abilities
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication
  • Relaxation, recreation & socialization

Visit our Group Driving calendar link to see our schedule of upcoming activities.