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Two New Programs Coming to Sunrise!

Two New Programs Coming to Sunrise!

Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center is now offering equestrian programs for veterans and certification mentoring for individuals pursuing PATH Intl. registered instructor certification.

“Being around horses is a unique form of recreational therapy that has demonstrable physical, mental, and emotional benefits,” explains Veterans Program Coordinator Robin Hirtle. “Veterans with physical and mental wounds can come to Sunrise to relax and learn new skills in a calm, positive environment.”

Injured or disabled veterans are eligible to participate in Sunrise’s therapeutic riding and horsemanship programs free of charge. Veterans will have the option of enrolling in a ten week course beginning in spring 2016, or registering for private lessons. Further information about these options is available here.

As part of it’s expansion of services, Sunrise will also be offering mentoring opportunities for individuals pursuing Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) registered instructor certification. This twelve week program accepts applications from PATH Intl. members who have already begun the certification process, and covers safety standards, various illnesses and disabilities, and instructor training. Mentees will be able to complete their required teaching hours through this program.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding on Autism

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding on Autism

A recent article by the College of William and Mary in Virginia talks about how the Therapeutic riding can assist children with autism in the classroom. Autism is the most common of the disabilities that Sunrise serves.

One parent of a student quoted: “My daughter’s progress has been remarkable, in my eyes, surpassing my wildest expectations.” Another parent said “The only regret I have is that I didn’t enroll my son sooner.”

As an instructor I have watched the slow transitions as well as the fast ones. One day I had a rider come out that was shy, hid behind his mother most of the time and I worked on getting him to come out of his shell, every time he comes out now he gives me a hug with a big thank you. I have watched another rider who took much longer to get out of his shell where he was afraid of riding he needed a leader and side-walkers when he started off, as the lessons progressed he started sitting up taller focusing on what he was doing better. I have seen screaming students turn into confident proud riders, I have seen riders that would cry at things they couldn’t control become more accepting to trying something new and learning that mistakes happen and they can work to fix them or move on from them.

What’s the difference between hippotherapy and therapeutic riding?

What’s the difference between hippotherapy and therapeutic riding?

Have you heard the term hippotherapy and then the term therapeutic riding but, not sure if there is a difference?

There is actually a difference between hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.  Hippotherapy is really about the horses movement, the walk of the horse is rhythmic and repetitive, it is the movement that is a foundation to improve an individual’s sensory processing.  The Hippotherapy Association defines “Hippotherapy: Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement.”

Therapists have found this type of therapy may be beneficial for  Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and Learning or Language Disabilities.

So, what’s therapeutic riding?  Well, that can involve more than just the movement of the horse.  Therapeutic riding includes activity, riding, learning about the horse, health benefits, physical activity and many other benefits of riding.  Visit PATH’s website for more information about the benefits of therapeutic riding.

Visit both Hippotherapy Association and PATH to learn more!

Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

During the past several months, therapeutic horseback riding has been in the news. There is much interest, and perhaps a little skepticism, in the legitimacy of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).

As a global authority in the EAAT field, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) wishes to offer some clarity and perhaps a re-introduction for some to the organization and the work it does on behalf of those with special needs.

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