Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Riding provides disabled individuals the opportunity to combine fitness with fun! We teach the basics to being a horseman, this includes care of the horses, grooming, riding disciplines, and interactive activities and games. Individuals with special needs experience the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) while enjoying a relationship with the horse. We provide both individual lessons and group lessons and all lessons are led by or supervised by a registered PATH instructor. Visit www.pathintl.org to learn more about Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Why Choose EAAT?

Riding Encourages:

  • Muscular strength – Riding relaxes, stimulates and develops muscles and can lead to increases in range of motion
  • Health and hygiene – Students learn to care for the horse.
  • Directionality – Students learn their right from their left.
  • Language development – Language used simultaneously with an object, experience or activity enhances learning, also riders learn new and technical vocabulary.
  • Sequencing and Multitasking- Riders learn to do things in the correct order, and perform multiple actions simultaneously.
  • Fine motor skills- grooming, tacking, and guiding a horse can improve hand-eye coordination and other fine motor skills.
  • Self esteem and confidence are improved by accomplishing goals and successfully working as a team with a horse.
  • Increased physical stamina through low-impact exercise.

Therapeutic riding can produce dramatic and lasting benefits to riders, and programs are based on the individual needs of the riders.

Session Schedule:

Sunrise, Inc. will offer three ten week sessions in 2018. Lessons are also available during non-session time by request.

Winter Session: February 5th – April 13, 2018

Spring Session: April 30 – July 6, 2018

Summer Session: July 16 – September 21, 2018

Fall Session: October 1 – December 2, 2018

All riders must complete a Rider Registration Packet before they can begin lessons.

Sunrise, Inc. charges  a lesson fee of $25/lesson, or $250/session. We strive to provide EAAT to any rider with a demonstrated need, and offer need-based scholarships to riders. Please contact Sunrise, Inc. if you have any questions about these fees or how to apply for a scholarship.



2 Replies to “Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies”

    1. Tammy, I am the new website administrator for Sunrise. I saw this post and was not sure if anyone had contacted you. There have been some staff changes. If you are still interested in equine therapy, please contact Melissa Walters, Executive Director at melissy.walters@hotmail.com. I sincerely apologize that your inquiry was not addressed during our transition of staff. Barb Tucker

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