Rein-Bow Riding Academy

Is Your Child Ready for the Ride Of Their Lifetime?

Rein-Bow Riding Academy is a place of promise, where individuals with varying abilities receive innovative therapy while riding a horse. The term hippotherapy comes from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse; thus the term literally means treatment with the help of a horse. During a hippotherapy session, a specially trained therapist uses the horse as a therapeutic tool to achieve the client's therapy goals. Therapeutic riding is another form of therapy that allows patients to increase their emotional and social well being with the goal of the rider controlling the horse on his or her own.

Hippotherapy benefits individuals with a variety of medical conditions such as:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Impaired coordination
  • Traumatic brain injury or stroke
  • Decreased mobility
  • Developmental delays
  • Impaired communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Impaired balance responses

Why the Horse?

The horse's walk provides sensory input through movement, which is variable, rhythmic, and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the patient are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. The variability of the horse's gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of sensory input to the patient, and then utilize this movement in combination with other treatment strategies to achieve desired results. Patients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable experience in a natural setting.

Hippotherapy benefits clients of all ages, and the ability to walk is not necessary to participate in the program.

"Carrington received therapy from the Rein Bow Riding Academy/Hippotherapy program.  This was wonderful for her.  Her gait was helped tremendously.  She is now walking without any assistance for short periods, and continues to use four arm crutches for long distances."

Aneadra Pearson

Would you like more Information about Hippotherapy/Therapeutic Riding?  Please contact Angie Dyer, Therapy Services Manager, at 731-664-3672 or email at angie.dyer@wth.org.

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