What is our Therapy program all about?

Pine Lake Pastures is the home of Promise Kept Therapeutic Riding Center- We offer therapy riding to children and adults with special needs. A session lasts forty-five minutes, and siblings (must be supervised by the parent) are welcome to come and visit the farm while their sister/brother ride in a session. Cheri Morton grew up in an extremely difficult situation. Her faith and community helped her to overcome the trauma she experienced in childhood, and her desire is to give to others and make a difference in their lives. She believes horses can be a great tool in doing just that! She has been doing therapy at Pine Lake Pastures for 8 years now, and has seen many miracles and heart warming stories.

Riders will be lead around in our outdoor or indoor arena by a volunteer. Parents are welcome to watch . We have volunteers that ride behind young people that can not hold themselves up.

What is Hippotherapy? Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse; from the Greek word “hippos” which means horse. Historically, the therapeutic benefits of the horse were recognized as early as 460 BC. The use of the horse as therapy evolved throughout Europe, the United States and Canada.

Hippotherapy uses activities on the horse that are meaningful to the client. Treatment takes place in a controlled environment where graded sensory input can elicit appropriate adaptive responses from the client. Specific riding skills are not taught (as in therapeutic riding), but rather a foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can then be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.

Why the Horse?

The horse’s walk provides sensory input through movement which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the client are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. The variability of the horse’s gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of sensory input to the client, then use this movement in combination with other clinical treatments to achieve desired results. Clients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable learning experience in a natural setting.

Physically, hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function. Hippotherapy may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages. Clients who may benefit from hippotherapy can have a variety of diagnoses: examples include Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and Learning or Language Disabilities.

Information taken from American Hippotherapy Association

email tcmorton@baldwin-telecom.net to schedule a visit or to volunteer

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