Giddy-up to this fun and friendly horseback riding program for children with disabilities!
For youth ages 5 to 21 with a physical disability or sensory impairment may participate. Permission from the child’s parent or guardian is required, along with written permission from the child’s doctor.
Individual evaluations are scheduled for new riders before lessons begin. Riders are placed in classes based on their needs, age and experience.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Flynn at 651-241-3342 or email@example.com.
Horseback riding is widely recognized as
one of the most beneficial forms of recreational therapy for people
Riding develops self-awareness, builds
confidence and improves concentration and self-discipline. It also
relaxes, strengthens and tones muscles; increases joint mobility; and
improves posture, balance and coordination.
Riding is especially
beneficial to people who use wheelchairs because the motion of
horseback riding produces hip and back action that perfectly simulates a
human’s walking gait.
Riding also provides students with a
unique source of trust and reassurance prompting many of them to gain
new incentives for learning through interaction with their horses.
gain a sense of freedom and awareness of their bodies that cannot be
duplicated in conventional therapy. Overall, horseback riding gives each
student a tremendous boost in self-esteem.
Classes are held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo.
Schedule and registration on CK Active
No participant will be turned away due to financial hardships. Cost sharing and scholarships are available. Contact the program coordinator at 651-241-3337 for more information.
To register for classes, programs, and activities:
Go to CK Active
How to use CK Active
Trouble logging in or registering?
or call 612-775-2306.
Trained volunteers supervise and assist students in grooming and tacking horses. During lessons they lead and walk beside horses. Specially trained volunteers or therapists may also ride behind students.
To be a Courage Riders volunteer, experience with horses and/or people with special needs is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteer positions include horse leaders, backriders, sidewalkers, student aides, clerical support and fundraising.
To volunteer, call Lisa Gacek at 651-241-3370.
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