Therapeutic Riding is a form of exercise therapy that is fun, safe, challenging and socially rewarding. The goals of therapeutic and recreational riding revolve around learning horsemanship, improving basic riding skills and many times learning a specific riding discipline such as trail riding, cowboy dressage, and drill team activities. In therapeutic riding, special attention is paid to facilitating improvements in muscle strength, coordination, balance, stamina, self confidence and social interaction.
Specially designed unmounted activities with horses precipitate experiential learning and self exploration. Participants absorb the peace and natural beauty of the farm and its natural Eastern Shore setting. Many individuals and groups bring brown bag lunches, and play corn hole or horseshoes while they’re here – others simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the peaceful forested setting.
HORSEPLAY offers a safe and integrated horse experience for children with disabilities and their families. Horseplay camp is 3 days a week for 3 hours a day and varies in topic and focus. The immersion in nature with horses is a unique experience and allows for families to be together in an extended tribe of other families and caregivers.
In our Horse Power program we use our horses to empower at-risk youth in creative ways for problem solving, team building, and to overcome challenges that he or she may be faced with for emotional growth and healing.
"Our daughter talks about the horses and the experience all the time and asks if it is her riding day and looks forward to it. Her therapists say she is communicating more."
"Our son has come a long way with riding, and we are very proud of his accomplishments and how well it fits in with our plan toward independence. Riding has given him a reason to shine. He often talks about riding at work and with his family and peers. We are very happy to be given the opportunity to have him in this program."
"We are so grateful for the opportunity 4STEPS provides for our special needs community."
"Thanks to everyone who makes 4STEPS possible!"