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Ride With Pride, Inc. Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
"Ride with Pride is Augusta County’s premiere equestrian-based therapeutic horsemanship program. Serving its clients for nearly two decades, Ride with Pride spirits a supportive, community based environment for the treatment of mental, physical and emotionally challenged individuals. As a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia, numerous agencies throughout the Shenandoah Valley have come to rely upon Ride with Pride’s unique therapies.
For the physically handicapped, riding on the back of a horse provides the gentle motions, rotations, balance and gait patterns they could not perform themselves. This gives the rider a renewed sense of body control and helps build the strength and flexibility to develop in ways that may not have been possible utilizing conventions physical therapies.
Ride with Pride programs also provides therapy for people with learning disabilities and emotional challenges. The relationship that naturally develops between the rider and the horse, and the requirement for providing care for the animal, fosters responsibility, independence self esteem and trust –put it all together and you have what we at Ride with Pride call “The Magic”."