Project ASTRIDE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic sessions (mounted and unmounted) for people with developmental, physical or sensory challenges. Participants are provided with a trained horse, adaptive tack and a team of volunteers (a certified riding instructor, horse leader and up to two side walkers) during each one hour session.
Through our program the horse and rider are truly a team!
Some of the benefits of therapeutic riding:
When astride the horse a rider feels, by way of their mount's quadruped gait, the three-way motion of the human walking stride.
Through passive experience many riders are assisted to move their muscles and skeletal structures in patterns that they and their therapists otherwise do not have the means to facilitate.
The repetitive motion and constant body heat of the horse encourage the rider's muscles to relax and their physical structure to align and become more responsive.
Most of our participants have never had the opportunity to be "in control". To control an animal much larger than themselves is an empowering experience!
Many physical therapists and others in the medical community have now begun to recognize horse therapy (hippotherapy) as a valuable addition to the physical therapy session.
While building self-esteem, participants gain skills that many of their peers do not have.
Because of interaction with volunteers, other participants and the horses, many participants learn to develop social skills and friendships.