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Therapeutic Riding, Equi-Star, Inc.
EquiCenter, Inc. began its programming in Mendon, New York in May of 2004, offering a number of therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, vaulting and horsemanship (equine facilitated mental health) sessions. Our goal is to provide a safe, appropriate, productive and enjoyable environment in which participants can work toward their individual goals.
Our instructors are nationally certified in therapeutic riding through PATH International and the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and our volunteers and horses have been carefully selected and trained for their roles.
Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy – Horseback riding is a progressive form of therapy for individuals with mental and/or physical challenges. The physical activities involved in horseback riding prove to be an effective tool for improving muscle stimulation, strength, coordination, flexibility, posture and balance. While providing these physical benefits, equestrian activities also increase communication, social and organizational skills, and help to enhance self-confidence, self-discipline, cooperation, teamwork and independence.
Why horses? – The multi-dimensional movement of the horse simulates the human gait unlike any other means of physical therapy. Horses are dynamic, sensitive animals that communicate through the subtle use of body language. They respond to situations giving immediate, honest feedback without judgment. Horses are large and powerful animals, which naturally create an opportunity for some individuals to overcome fear and develop greater self-confidence. They have their own unique personalities, attitudes, moods and backgrounds, which provide endless experiences and situations for growth, healing, learning and relationship building.
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