Instructors create a wide variety of games and exercises to increase the riders ability to listen, learn and communicate. In addition, all riders work on improving their horsemanship skills and a willingness to try new things and attain new goals. Riders not only improve their riding skills but are taught how to groom and tack their horses. Classes include arena riding and trail rides.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
Horseback riding gently and rythimically moves the riders body in a manner similar to a human gait. Riders with phyiscal diabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strengh.
For individuals with mental or emotional disabilties, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.
Spirit Riders & Volunteers Participating in Ice Bucket Challenge
People come to Spirit TRC thinking they can’t. They leave knowing they can...
For less than a cup of coffee a day, you can
by feeding a family
of 4 for a year
We look forward to meeting you!
If you are interested in becoming a rider please contact Evelyn Jones at 509-929-1401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a "meet and greet". This will give you the opportunity to tour our faclitiy, receive necessary paperwork to fill out and ask any questions you may have. This also allows us to meet and evaluate the rider to match them with the right horse.
Therapeutic Riding Lessons are equine assisted activities for people with disabilities. Lessons are taught by a certified therapeutic riding instructor, with assistance from our volunteers. This is a one hour lesson that focuses on individual riding skills while gaining a therapeutic benefit.
These benefits include:
• Increasing muscle tone and core strength
• Improving hand/eye coordination and balance
• Improving communication
• Increasing self-esteem and developing a sense of control
Students at Spirit TRC range in age from 3 to 62. They come to us for many different reasons. But what they share are amazing stories about how their connections with our horses has impacted their lives.
Our horses are helping our students reach goals they never imagined. People with autism and Down syndrome have said their first words. Adults with multiple sclerosis and children with neurological disorders have improved balance and gained strength after riding. Some have even taken their first steps.