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Therapeutic Riding Unlimited, Winslow
Winslow Therapeutic Center is a non-profit organization accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Therapeutic horseback riding produces smiles, laughter, friendship, and healing.
We see children and adults every day who improve their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well being by learning to ride in our therapeutic environment.
Our well trained and caring staff and volunteers have made it possible for us to offer a unique and often life-changing horseback riding experience to children and adults in our community since 1974.
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of children and adults with physical, mental, or social disabilities, as well as those who wish to learn about horses and riding in a therapeutic environment.
Programs at Winslow:
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of children and adults with physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities, as well as those who wish to learn about horses and riding in a therapeutic environment.
Therapeutic Riding – Children and adults may participate individually or as part of a group in one or more of our therapeutic riding programs. Winslow typically weekly lessons. Some programs are offered to children and adolescents through their school or residential placements. However individuals may sign up for therapeutic riding at any time during the year. Winslow has programs designed to help children and adults with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, communication disorders, emotional problems, social disorders, stress related issues, and adjustment difficulties. Instructors will interview parents or guardians and involved professionals to gather information about the rider's capabilities and goals. Riders will then be offered a program that best fits their needs. English, Western and adaptive equipment are available to provide a riding experience suited to each participant.
Hippotherapy – Children and adults can benefit from hippotherapy when it is used as part of their overall treatment program. Disabilities that can be treated through traditional physical, occupational, or speech therapy, can be treated through hippotherapy. Examples of such disabilities include but are not limited to: Cerebral Palsy – Multiple Sclerosis – Down Syndrome – Dyspraxia – Stroke Paralysis/Paraplegia – Head Trauma – Spina Bifida – Spinal Cord Injury – Convulsive Disorders – Amputation – Muscular Dystrophy Scoliosis – Arthritis – Autism
About our Providers – Winslow's licensed physical, speech, or occupational therapists have undergone additional training using the horse as a therapeutic tool. Each therapist is registered with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).
Autism & Communications Disorder – Winslow has developed therapeutic riding programs specifically designed for children with communication disorders such as autism. A team of specially trained instructors, volunteers, and horses make it possible for these children to participate in horseback riding activities that encourage learning, verbal and nonverbal expression, positive social interaction, and bonding with the horses. Lessons are structured to accommodate each child's particular strengths and weaknesses. Instructors may use icons or other picture symbols as aids in communication, and every attempt is made to keep lessons consistent and predictable. Our Winslow staff and volunteers have witnessed many children smiling, laughing, or uttering their first words during a therapeutic riding lesson. The rewards are priceless!
Horses for Heroes – Winslow is offering equine assisted activities and therapies to military service veterans in the form of individual one-on-one and group therapeutic horseback riding. The program is also being offered to the children of service personnel killed in action.
Classes for Children and Adults with and without Special Needs – Winslow offers lessons in English and Western Riding.
Intro to Quadrille – Choreographed riding to music. Independent walk/trot riders or above. Teams of 4 riders. Classes are 11 weeks (pay for 10 get the 11th FREE)
Junior Horsemanship Classes – Spend an hour each week learning how to groom and tack, care for horses and learn about breeds and basic vet care. Of course, riding too!
Group Riding Lessons – Spend the full hour each week learning riding skills Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels.
Adult Group Ride – Leave your stress behind, make new friends, bond with horses, learn to ride.
Day at the Barn – April 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th – Scheduled for school breaks and holidays, a day program of riding & horsemanship, equestrian crafts & games make it a fun "day off" activity.
Farm Experience -Two hour program consisting of riding, grooming & equine themed age appropriate activities. Great for Scouts & groups.
Summer Adventures – Sign your child (ages 7 – 12) up for this outdoor summer program which allows your child to explore, enjoy and learn about caring for one of the most beautiful animals, the horse. Riders will learn about caring, bonding and trusting through the use of the horse. Opportunities in decision making, leadership skills and social skills will enrich the experience with the ultimate goal of improved self awareness, self image and self reliance.
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