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On this nonprofit stable’s 21 acres, a gaggle of horses helps visitors with and without physical, mental, and emotional struggles expand their self-confidence, bolster social skills, and improve quality of life. Therapy is the center's primary mission, pursued via lessons tailored to each rider's pace and needs. Stroke patients, those with visual and hearing impairments, and people with depressive and autism-spectrum disorders are all welcome.
Centered riding combines classic principles of riding with body awareness, centering, and imagery. Certified instructors also use rider biomechanics in lessons for beginners to intermediate to help improve core strength, balance, and harmony with the horses.
Though not officially part of the center's therapy techniques, a host of additional programs use horseback riding to nurture mental and physical well-being. Offerings include Yoga on Horseback, Mommy and Me sessions, and Silver Saddle lessons, which are geared toward older riders and discerning horses looking to incorporate more bling into their wardrobes.