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 therapeutic horsemanship programs for people of all ages - 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 sessions are available Monday-Friday during the current Summer Session. All lessons are taught by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.) Certified Instructor.
Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship provides therapeutic horsemanship programs for people of all ages -- children (age 2+ yrs) and adults -- who have physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs. As participants work with our horses in a custom tailored program, our goal is to help each of them realize their individual potential. The following are a few examples:
Normalize muscle tone
Improve strength, endurance and coordination
Increase range of motion
Encourage correct posture
Promote independence & self control
Teaches sequential thinking & spacial awareness
Motivates by providing immediate reinforcement & feedback
Promote cooperation & interaction
Improves opportunities to interact with others and foster relationships
Provides appropriate challenge in a unique and engaging environment
Who Benefits from Therapeutic Horsemanship?
A wide variety of common diagnosis benefit from therapeutic horsemanship. They include, but are not limited to the following:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
CVA or Stroke
Traumatic Brain Injury
Various Genetic Syndromes
... and many others ...
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.