Ride On St. Louis
NARHA Premier Accredited Center
"The program mission is to use hippotherapy (therapy with the aid of a horse) and/or therapeutic horsemanship to achieve emotional, mental and physical benefits for the developmentally and physically disabled, as well as the disadvantaged youth of the community. Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is based on the long-standing tradition of using a horse as the treatment tool in therapy. Also known as hippotherapy (from hippo which is Greek for horse), EAT provides riders with a positive emotional experience with both the horse and a licensed therapist that offers one-on-one attention to the rider.
Because the horse's gait produces a motion similar to human ambulation, hippotherapy strengthens and supports the spine and pelvis, and supplies neurological input to the brain. Riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength while riders with mental or emotional disabilities often experience increased confidence, patience and self-esteem as a result of the unique bond formed with the horse. All riders experience a sense of freedom and a renewed sense of possibility that often spills over into other aspects of their lives. ROSL holds itself to the highest standard of therapeutic equine activities available. Riding instructors are certified and in current standing with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). For more information about PATH go to www.pathintl.org. Our Special Education teacher is state licensed. Therapists and Therapy Assistants are licensed through the State of Missouri, Division of Professional Registration and they are registered with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA.) All staff is current with CPR and First Aid, and meets or exceeds their requirements of continuing education hours.
Ride On St Louis currently offers three different types of tracks for our clients to participate: Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Sports Riding. Riders are placed into the appropriate program by our ROSL team which consists of Therapeutic Riding Instructors, a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant or Special Education Teacher."
PO Box 94
Kimmswick, MO 63053