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5367A Sixty Foot Road, Parsonsburg, MD 21849, US
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Therapeutic Horseback Riding serving the Salisbury and Ocean City area

EQUINE ACTIVITIES FOR OUR SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY

Lessons Learned from our Riders

Sometimes  it’s a high five with a sidewalker after a successful ‘whoa’ or a pat  on a horse’s neck.  It can be as dramatic as a child who is typically  nonverbal telling his horse to ‘giddy-up’, or as subtle as the flash of  understanding in a little girl’s eyes. As a PATH Intl Certified  Instructor those moments are the heart of a lesson or session. Small advances in a participant’s behavior, physical capacity or ability  to communicate can, over time, result in permanent changes. Families  report that  skills their children learned at the farm and on the  trails often carry over into the home and school. Many times  participants report they are better able to perform tasks, cope with  their emotions and handle challenges in their lives. 

-Sandy Winter, Executive Director 

therapeutic riding serving the salisbury and ocean city area

therapeutic riding serving the salisbury and ocean city area

First Rate Course Offerings

At  4STEPS we provide a safe and supportive atmosphere while encouraging  and fostering independence.  4STEPS maintaines its status as a Premier Accredited  PATH International  Center serving Wicomico,  Worcester, Somerset and southern Sussex Counties.  Our certified  therapeutic riding instructors and trained volunteers have provided  planned sessions in equine-assisted activities and therapies to children  and adults with disabilities since 2004.  

Learn to ride with us!!!
We  work with just about any kind of rider! Sessions are one hour  weekly. Riders will learn to groom, saddle and ride to their ability.  Our sessions are focused on physical and emotional development as well  as riding skills. Riders will perform activities during the session to  utilize various muscle groups, stimulate learning, learn to ride and  have FUN

Our Mission

 

4STEPS  mission is to provide equine assisted activities and therapies to  promote physical, emotional and educational growth and development for  children and adults with disabilities and their families in our  community including military veterans and their families.

Our Vision is to bring hope, joy and unlimited possibilities through the healing power of the horse. At 4STEPS the daily obstacles of frustrating disabilities are left behind for the freedom of a horse’s movement. Students challenge the limits of their abilities and best of all have fun doing it!

The needs of each student are carefully considered when we assemble a personal therapeutic team and develop individual horsemanship goals. Whatever the goals, the horse is a strong motivator to provide individuals with the help they need to overcome their obstacles.

4STEPS Policy

 4STEPS goal is to improve the minds and bodies of our riders, using our horses as partners. Our riders build strength in their bodies by learning to groom, saddle and ride. They improve their confidence by learning from our horses and receiving unconditional love that only animals can provide. 4STEPS specializes in riding instruction for special needs individuals, but provides therapeutic riding to individuals of any ability. The organization was founded in 2002 by Sandy Winter who is the Executive Director and Head Instructor. All instructors with the program are at least Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructors certified with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.). All activities at 4STEPS are run according to PATH Intl. standards, and safety is our primary goal. This policy booklet is meant to address some of the most frequent questions we receive and to establish guidelines to ensure our program continues to operate as safely as possible. 

SESSION POLICY MANUAL 2018 (docx)

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