Adaptive Riding is an Equine Assisted Activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with disabilities. Our PATH Intl. certified instructors use specialized teaching techniques and adaptive equipment to promote independence and self-confidence. Additional benefits include improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility, social and communication skills, and the ability to work within a team.
Minimum riding age is 3. We are equipped to serve a wide range of disabilities, including (but not limited to):
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Visual Impairment
- Down Syndrome
- Spina Bifida
- Emotional Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sensory Integration
- Developmental Delay
- Fine/Gross Motor Skills
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an unmounted Equine Assisted Activity that addresses cognitive thought processing and meeting challenges appropriately, as well as developing empathy and thoughtfulness toward others. The horse-human interaction is guided by a planned learning experience to meet the identified goals or desires of the participant(s). Through EAL, participants learn critical life skills, such as trust, respect, honesty and communication. The horse is especially helpful in teaching boundaries and proper behavior in group sessions.
Equine Facilitated Learning participants must be at least 4 years old.
A form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science. At JHTR, the licensed Occupational Therapist utilizes the movement of the horse to achieve functional goals. Benefits include improved ambulation, balance, range of motion, communication, fine and gross motor skills.
V.E.T. (Veteran Equine Therapy)
Veteran Equine Therapy assists United States Military Veterans and Active Duty service members who have experienced physical or emotional setbacks. Both Jackson Hole residents and visitors are welcome! Our weekly Veteran’s rides provide the opportunity to heal with horses while overcoming personal obstacles. Benefits include improved balance, motor skills, morale and overall well-being.
Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding has a long-standing relationship with another local non-profit, Honoring Our Veterans. Injured service members participate bi-annually in trail rides and barbeque.
Making Memories is an Adaptive Riding program designed for visitors to Jackson Hole who wish to form a lasting memory. Individuals with a disability may choose to ride individually, or with their loved ones. Our individualized and dynamic service plans are designed to be both meaningful and productive.