Pride Stables has offered therapeutic horseback riding to persons with disabilities for 41 years.
In 2015, over 350 children and adults with disabilities will participate in programs offered throughout the year and a fully integrated summer day camp, Camp Pride.
Those with learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental and physical challenges, including Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy, are among the many who benefit.
Therapeutic horseback riding uses the horse as a medium of therapy. The combination of the horse’s movement, which simulates the human walking motion, and its higher body temperature, serves to supply passive heat massage to the rider’s muscles, thereby either relaxing spastic muscles or stimulating lax muscles. Riders also participate in exercises improving their muscle strength and flexibility in their upper body.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding
- Increases physical development
- Decreases spasticity & hyperactivity
- Increases relaxation
- Improves head and trunk control
- Increases strength
- Helps flexibility and balance
- Builds body awareness
- Improves communication skills and
- RAISES PRIDE!
Pride Stables is a member of the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA), and the Association of Riding Establishments of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF). For more information on Pride Stables, Camp Pride or if you would like to become a volunteer, check out their web site at www.pridestables.com.