Hobby Horse Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center Programs
Equine therapy has shown to have many positive benefits. Some of them include: Confidence, Self-Efficacy, Self-Concept, Communication, Trust, Perspective, Decreased Isolation, Self-Acceptance, Impulse Control, Social Skills, Boundaries, and Spiritual Connection
Not only do we hold group sessions, but also open sessions for those who fall within the focus populations. Our therapeutic riding programs focus on three populations: First Responders , At risk youth and Survivors of Domestic Abuse. Through contact with the horses, our clients have the opportunity to explore all of the above mentioned issues at their own pace through progression with their riding skills or just working with the horses unmounted.
This type of therapy usually includes instruction in horse care, grooming procedures, saddlery, and basic equitation. Safety is the number one priority for all participants in our equine therapy programs. That includes the horses. The recommended regular workload for horses is about 20% of their body weight. For that reason we have a 200 lb. rider limit. We have other ways to participate in the programs without riding.
Clients in our women’s program and At Risk Youth program come to us through referring agencies. Women are referred through the local county women’s shelter, “New Directions,” and the youth are in residential county Foster Care or detention facilities.
We ask that any cancellations be done at least 8 hours ahead of time. Any last minute cancellations may be subject to a charge of $25. If at any point, you have 3 last minute cancellations, we will have to remove you from the program.