Horses that Heal
Therapeutic Riding opens new pathways of mental and emotional rehabilitation. The rhythmic and rocking gait of the horse transfers a gentle three-dimensional movement to the rider that relaxes muscles, improves muscle tone, flexibility and balance, and enhances spatial awareness. Outdoors with a team of encouraging volunteers and a supportive horse, self-control, self-esteem, self-confidence and independence grows. Rehabilitation becomes a joy rather than a chore.
Our riders, with challenges such as autism, aspergers, attention deficit, cognitive limitations, emotional disabilties, use horses to experience an overall improvement in their quality of life.
The Healing Power
Normalizes muscle strength and tone.
Improves coordination, freedom of movement, balance, respiration, body awareness, tactile perception and oral motor control.
Enhances self-image and confidence.
Increases acceptance of unfamiliar experiences.
Develops loving relationships.
Increases attending and safety awareness.
Enhances comprehension and memory.
Improves ability to plan sequence and follow directions.
Improves interpersonal communication.
Promotes family interaction and broadens social activity.
Develops a recreational skill.
This is our core program. Therapeutic riding instructors conduct each lesson for about an hour, usually once or twice a week for each student.
The rider learns how to ride with the goal of full independence. Riding a horse independently for a child with autism or an adult with cerebral palsy is an empowering and life-changing experience.
Equine Therapy and Riding Lessons
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
With Ruth Whitely, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
Dr. Whitely offers equine assisted psychotherapy with the help of the special therapy horses at Throwaway Ponies. Dr. Whitely is a licensed cognitive behavioral therapist and counselor. She customizes each program to help the participant with his/her specific needs. Participants will have fun working with a horse from the ground while developing power tools for living.
Services might be covered in full or in part by health insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lessons On Hold
Lessons have beem suspended while we are in the process of moving from Rockwall to Farmersville. The moving process might take several months.
When lessons are resumed, we will post the information here.