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
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
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 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.