The center uses horse activities to capture rider interest in equine-facilitated experimential activities for people, starting at age 3, who live with physical, sensory, cognitive, behavioral and communication impairments. Riders learn to stand/sit upright; maintain balance; work on academics, language, fitness, recreation, and behavioral and social skills. The center partners with local schools, residential centers and individuals.
- Making a difference: The center served 400 riders in 2010. Many riders come with dysfunctions that can cause anxiety, abnormalities in muscle tone, teeth grinding, chin tapping, hand flapping, academic problems, behavioral problems, and speech and language delays. Exercises that activate a wide range of inputs to these systems and organs have been found to be effective in reducing or eliminating many of these problems.
- Recognition: A recognized Premiere Riding Center through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.
- How donations help: It costs about $500 a rider for each six-week session to cover expenses.
- Learn more: Call 931-1424 or visit www.horsepower.org.
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