The Therapeutic Riding Program is for people with developmental and physical disabilities who wish to experience the fun and therapeutic benefits of horseback riding, in a comfortable and safe environment. Volunteers are a vital part of this program and receive training to help with individualized lessons, work with horses and support fundraising initiatives.
What is Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic Riding allows the rider to react to the three-dimensional rhythmic movement of the horse. It emphasizes the learning of functional riding skills as a means of improving the physical and/or mental wellbeing of the riders. It encompasses disabilities categorized as orthopedic, neurological, and a broad range of others.
The riders who are involved in the Riding Program range in age from 3 to over 60 years of age and have a wide variety of both physical and developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down Syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputees, brain damage, blindness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, global developmental delay, autism and children who are at risk.
The ConnectWell Therapeutic Riding Program provides individuals a holistic approach to therapy, rehabilitation, recreation and the opportunity to experience freedom and movement astride a horse.
Please visit the Therapeutic Riding Program website for more information: ConnectWell Therapeutic Riding Program
For more information, call:
ConnectWell Community Health- Therapeutic Riding at 613-257-7121 ext 3238
ConnetWell Community Health- Carleton Place 613-257-7121 or Toll Free 1-800-667-2617
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