We are a nonprofit Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center.   Our center is affiliated with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, (PATH International).   Our center offers a year-round therapeutic recreational horseback-riding program for special needs children and adults.  Riding develops strength and balance, and increases self-esteem, benefiting individuals with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, down syndrome, autism, brain injury or head trauma, visual and hearing impairments, mental or learning disorders, and muscular dystrophy.

Therapeutic Riding Articles

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a person with a disability as “any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working)”

Read more about therapeutic riding and disabilities in these articles from Strides magazine, published quarterly by PATH International (all documents are Adobe pdf files):

Attention Deficit Disorder and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 116KB)

Brain Injuries and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 112KB)

Cerebral Palsy and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 88KB)

Down Syndrome and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 112KB)

Learning Disabilities and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 88KB)

Mental Retardation and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 96KB)

Multiple Sclerosis and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 104KB)

Spina Bifida and Therapeutic Riding (pdf, 112KB)

You can find extensive information on disabilities on the Web. For example, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers fact sheets on a range of disabilities.