Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities. Our PATH Intl. certified instructors use specialized teaching techniques and adaptive equipment to promote independence and self-confidence. Additional benefits include improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility, social and communication skills, and the ability to work within a team.
Minimum riding age is 3. We are equipped to serve a wide range of disabilities, including (but not limited to):
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Visual Impairment
- Down Syndrome
- Spina Bifida
- Emotional Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sensory Integration
- Developmental Delay
- Fine/Gross Motor Skills
Equine Facilitated Learning
Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) is an un-mounted activity that addresses cognitive thought processing and meeting challenges appropriately, as well as developing empathy and thoughtfulness toward others. The horse-human interaction is guided by a planned learning experience to meet the identified goals or desires of the participant(s). Through EFL, participants learn critical life skills, such as trust, respect, honesty and communication. The horse is especially helpful in teaching boundaries and proper behavior in group sessions.
Equine Facilitated Learning participants must be at least 4 years old.
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech language therapy treatment strategy utilizing equine movement, and facilitated by a licensed therapist. Treatment focuses on addressing impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals. Benefits include improved ambulation, balance, range of motion, communication, fine and gross motor skills.
V.E.T. (Veteran Equine Therapy)
Veteran Equine Therapy assists United States Military Veterans and Active Duty service members who have experienced physical or emotional setbacks. Both Jackson Hole residents and visitors are welcome! Our weekly Veteran’s rides provide the opportunity to heal with horses while overcoming personal obstacles. Benefits include improved balance, motor skills, morale and overall well-being.
Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding has a long-standing relationship with both another local non-profit, Honoring Our Veterans. Injured service members participate bi-annually in trail rides and barbeque.
Making Memories is a therapeutic riding program designed for visitors to Jackson Hole who wish to form a lasting memory. Individuals with a disability may choose to ride individually, or with their loved ones. Our individualized and dynamic service plans are designed to be both meaningful and productive.