EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. What does a "day at the barn" look like? 

A Day at the Barn:

  • Every client’s experience at Stride & Strength begins with an in-person consultation to discuss their diagnosis’ and the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.
  • Next, achievable goals and timelines are then discussed between the instructor and the client. Every plan of care is specific and tailored to the client’s individual needs.
  • With this information, the client is then paired with the horse best suited for their situation and they begin learning the core basics of equine involvement. This includes topics such as safety, grooming, tacking, equine welfare and mannerisms.
  • Once the client has this foundation, we begin learning and building on riding skills. Sessions will involve stretches, steering, various riding positions, various horse gaits, age and ability appropriate activities, and trail riding/hill work.
  • Most sessions involve the client, instructor, and any needed volunteers. Small group sessions are available as well.

2. "What is equine therapy?"

Equine-assisted therapy encompasses a range of treatments that involve activities with horses and other equines to promote human physical and mental health.

3. "What are the benefits of equine therapy?"

PHYSICAL
Fine & gross motor skills with controlled movement
Strength and balance
Core engagement
Speech
Social skills
Injury healing

MENTAL
Focus
Impulse control
Emotional awareness
Problem-solving
Communication: verbal & nonverbal
Improves mood & heals trauma
Confidence
Trust & empathy

4. "How do I sign up for riding lessons?"

First, you will fill out this intake form: HERE

Then you will schedule your first session, which will be a 30-minute evaluation. 

30-Minute Consultation Includes: 

  • 1:1 discussion regarding clients diagnosies 
  • Goal setting and plan of care creation 
  • Facility tour 
  • Horse "Meet and Greet!"
  • Horse Care 101 
  • Discuss Next Steps 

BOOK HERE!

5. "What do volunteers do?" 

Our volunteers are utilized as horse handlers, side-walkers, and help with general horse care and barn maintenance. Thorough training is provided for every volunteer and previous horse experience is not required. After learning about your interests and knowing your availability, we will match you with sessions best suited for you and our riders. You must be 16 years or older to volunteer with us. 

Fill out our volunteer application here

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