Therapeutic Riding Center, EQUESTRIA @ New York

Address: 608 West 48th Street, Chateau Stables
New York,, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 535-3917 Email: info@equestria.org Website: http://www.equestria.org

The New York Therapeutic Riding Center (NYTRC) conducts the therapeutic horseback riding program, EQUESTRIA®, for children and adults with disabilities living in the 5 boroughs of New York City. EQUESTRIA® is now based at Chateau Stables in Manhattan and has been in operation for 11 years.

GOALS OF EQUESTRIA® CLASSES
* To teach children and adults with disabilities the equestrian skills needed to become good riders
* To use horseback riding activities to facilitate specific rehabilitation objectives for individuals with disabilities

The New York Therapeutic Riding Center has served children and adults with the following disabilities :
* Arthrogryposis
* Ataxia
* ADHD
* Autism
* Blindness
* Brain Tumor
* Cerebral Palsy
* Developmental Disabilities
* Down's Sydrome
* Emotional Disabilities
* Encephalitis , Meningitis
* Epilepsy
* Hemiparesis / Hemiplegia
* Hydrocephalus
* Hypotonia
* Huntington's Disease
* Learning Disabilities
* Mental Retardation
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Muscular Dystrophy
* Osteoarthritis
* Paraplegia
* PDD
* Seizure Disorders
* Spinal Cord Iinjury
* Stroke (CVA)
* Traumatic Brain Injury

Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for various disabilities :

CEREBRAL PALSY
* Relaxation and stretching of spastic and rigid muscles
* Reinforcement of normal movement patterns
* Increased coordination
* Good balance- good posture
* Independence- stimulation of hypotonic and flaccid muscle groups
* Spatial awareness

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
* Minimize muscular deterioration
* Minimize loss of balance and prevent contractures
* Maintain muscle strength
* Stimulate cardiopulmonary output
* Maximize motor functions
* Strengthen trunk and pelvic muscle groups

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
* Prevent abnormal movement patterns
* Maintain muscle strength and control
* Maintain normal movement patterns
* Increase endurance and improve balance
* Physical independence prolonged

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
* Relaxation and stretching of spastic muscle groups
* Prevention and correction of contractures
* Muscle strengthening
* Improved balance and coordination
* Independence- stimulation of flaccid muscles

MENTAL RETARDATION I DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
* Improved balance, posture, coordination, motor development
* Increased spatial awareness, sensory awareness
* Gain in receptive and expressive skills
* Getting and keeping attention for longer periods of time
* Positive self-esteem

BLINDNESS
* Balance, posture, coordination, relaxation
* Improved self-image

 

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