The Therapeutic Riding Program (TRP) at Rocky River Stables has been providing equine assisted activities for individuals with disabilities since 1988.
Operating throughout the year, Tuesday nights at Rocky River stables we provide weekly therapeutic activities to children and adults with a variety of disabilities. Some of the disabilities include amputations, autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, stroke, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, and hearing and visual impairments.
The program is accredited by Path, International with a Path, International certified instructor . Path, International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) was founded in 1969, establishing safety and quality standards for therapeutic riding programs across the United States and Canada. Path, International certified instructors are required to complete annual continuing education courses, CPR certification and first aid training.
Therapeutic Riding is more than just sitting on a horse. The movements and shape of the horse allow tight, spastic muscles to relax to improve posture and balance. The horse can lend its strength and abilities to the rider. Therapeutic instruction improves eye/hand coordination, spatial relations, and an understanding of direction of varying complexity.
Emotionally and socially, each student interacts with the horse and the many trained volunteers needed to run the program. This gives each student a sense of achievement, self-respect and satisfaction that comes from hard work and determination.
New applicants should contact the Rocky River office at 216-267-2525 for more information or visit: http://valleyriding.org/programs/therapeutic-riding/