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OUR MISSION

By partnering with horses, we help people realize their individual potential through customized equine-assisted services.

WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP?

Very simply phrased, it’s people interacting with horses.  The program focus is two-fold: teaching riding skills and incorporating potential therapeutic benefits into the riding lesson.

 

The rhythmic way that horses move mimics the human movement of walking. In riding a horse, the stride of the horse actually moves the rider’s pelvis by rotating and moving from side to side, similar to the human walk. This creates a unique neuromuscular stimulation. As the horse adjusts it’s gait, the rider also must constantly adjust the speed of their own pelvic motion. 

 

Aside from riding, the relationship with the horse is developed as part of their therapeutic goals. Participants take part in the care and grooming of the horse, such as brushing, bathing, and currying. These movements can help improve joint range of motion and can have a relaxing and calming effect.

WHAT IS EQUINE ASSISTED-LEARNING

Reining Strength's equine-assisted learning (EAL) program is unique and in high demand! EAL is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills which can be related to  behavior, personal growth, and emotion regulation or related to professional pursuits such as leadership skills, communication, and team building.

 

EAL sessions include a horse or horses and one or more of our PATH Intl. credentialed staff members. Based on the participant/s goals a lesson plan is developed prior to the session.  Reining Strength partners with many peer-non profits and corporate organizations to provide EAL to a variety of populations.    EI

Who Benefits from Therapeutic Horsemanship?

We work with people of all ages who have physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs.

A wide variety of common diagnosis benefit from therapeutic horsemanship. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • CVA or Stroke

  • Down Syndrome

  • Intellectual Disabilities

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • PTSD

  • Spina Bifida

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Various Genetic Syndromes

Physical Benefits

  • Normalize muscle tone

  • Improve strength, endurance and coordination

  • Increase range of motion

  • Encourage correct posture

Psychological Benefits

  • Promote independence & self control

  • Teaches sequential thinking & spacial awareness

  • Motivates by providing immediate reinforcement & feedback

Social Benefits

  • Promote cooperation & interaction

  • Improves opportunities to interact with others and foster relationships

  • Provides appropriate challenge in a unique and engaging environment

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Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship

Serving Fort Bend County and the greater west Houston, Texas area

Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship is a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.), and provides equine-assisted services for people ages 2 and up - children and adults - who have physical, cognitive, social, or emotional needs. Our facility is located on 7126 FM 359 Road in Richmond, Texas.

 

Client riding lessons are available Monday-Friday during the current Session. All lessons are taught by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.) Certified Instructor.

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