Therapeutic riding uses horses and equine-assisted activities to provide a wide range of long-term physical, social and emotional benefits for the rider.
Horseback riding is unique in that it provides physical benefits to a broad range of physical impairments. Riders benefit from improved balance and muscle strength, improved postural control, increased range of motion of the joints, endurance and cardiovascular conditioning, to name a few. Apart from the physical benefits, there can be improved self- confidence, socialization and stress reduction.
It is not only the riders who benefit from the program- their families do too. Shining Horizons provides caregivers, parents and family a weekly activity where they can watch their loved one enjoy themselves in a safe and beautiful setting.