Therapeutic riding at Blue Rider Stables

Therapeutic riding at Blue Rider doesnʼt differ in any way from our other classes; our therapy addresses diagnosed issues within the realm of a regular riding class plan. The individual remains top priority, not the diagnosis. Language and skills are modified to suit the cognitive ability of the rider. Age is irrelevant. The physical movement of the horse mimics the movement of the human pelvis while walking, creating a harmony and balance throughout the torso. Bareback riding enhances this through the closeness of contact. To learn to use core balance is essential. Warmth helps relaxation and stretching. Focus is taught through the need of the horse to understand the rider. The horse is non-judgmental, which builds confidence and self-esteem.

Students going through our therapeutic programs have been diagnosed with:

  • Autism Aspergers
  • Sensory integration issues
  • Age related physical issues
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Mental Retardation
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Visual Impairment
  • Deafness
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Learning Disability
  • Fine-motor coordination problems
  • Trunk Weakness
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Balance issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Huntington’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke
  • Muscle/Tendon/Bone injury
  • Speech therapy
  • Joint replacement
  • Back issues
  • At-risk youth
  • Bullying & teasing
  • Drug rehab
  • Reactive Association Disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Selectively mute
  • Surgery recovery
  • Grief/Loss mentoring

The benefits of equine activities as documented are in these areas:

  • muscular strength
  • motor development
  • balance & rhythm
  • direction
  • body awareness
  • time perception
  • comprehension
  • problem-solving
  • visual  perception

These play out physically, sensorially, emotionally, cognitively, and socially.