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located on the beautiful Eastern Shore

4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program

4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program

4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program 4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program 4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program

 Offering Therapeutic Horseback Riding  Equine Assisted Activities for individuals with a variety of  needs in our community.

Adaptive Riding and equine assisted activities

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Our mission is to help improve the lives of children and adults with special needs in our  community through the use of Adaptive Horseback Riding and Equine Assisted Activities.   

Adaptive horseback riding, also known as therapeutic horseback  riding, focuses on the development of horsemanship and horseback riding  skills for people with a variety of abilities. The purpose of adaptive  riding is to positively influence the cognitive, physical, emotional,  and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Adaptive riding  lessons are taught by PATH certified therapeutic riding instructors and sanctioned by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).  These instructors have extensive horse experience, as well as experience  working with people with special needs. Instructors use their knowledge  to adapt the tack or lesson plan to assist the client in achieving his  or her specific goals.

Adaptive horseback riding utilizes a variety of mounted and unmounted  activities to accomplish the particular objectives of each client.  Physically, riders can exhibit improvements in flexibility, posture,  coordination, balance, and muscle strength. Adaptive riding lesson plans  involve many exercises that can help develop sequencing, patterning,  and motor planning skills. Clients can develop a sense of responsibility  and independence while caring for their equine partners. Teamwork and  social skills are developed as clients connect with others over a shared  activity and interest. In addition to these benefits, clients can find  an enhanced quality of life and life-long enjoyment in a fun outdoor  sport.