Since 2002 4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program has been a PATH International Member Center (PATH Intl) serving the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Our certified therapeutic riding instructors and trained volunteers provide planned sessions in equine-assisted activities for children and adults with special needs .
Located in a peaceful setting of the Chesapeake Forest in Wicomico County Maryland, we have a diverse and amazing herd of horses, provide a safe and supportive atmosphere and encourage and foster independence. We have a covered arena, an outdoor arena and a truly unique sensory pleasing experience which leads through a forest of magical trails.
The needs of each student are carefully considered and Individual Horsemanship Goals are developed by a personal therapeutic team. Whatever the goals, the horse is a strong motivator to provide individuals with the help they need to overcome their obstacles. Our riders build strength in their bodies by learning to groom, saddle and ride. They improve their confidence by learning skills. Our horses are awesome motivators and a child learns to trust by improving their skills to communicate with their horse. 4STEPS specializes in riding instruction and equine-assisted learning for special needs individuals but provides these services to individuals of any ability. 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!