What are our riders like?
SPURS serves children and adults with a wide range of special needs, such as cerebral palsy, developmental delays, sensory integration disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, visual impairment, mental health issues and behavior challenges.
Participants come to SPURS as individuals, special needs school groups, adult therapy providers or other groups.
All ages are welcome!
THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING
Experts in special education, physical therapy and psychology agree that managed horseback riding works wonders with the disabled.
Riders often develop a special bond with their horses. Horse handlers and side walkers guide the horse and rider through courses, trails and tasks. The rider must focus on controlling the horse, and some riders can even saddle and tack their own horses. They learn safety and responsibility which can help them transition to independent living.
From this, they can experience the following benefits:
Improved Muscle Tone
Boost Low Self-Esteem
Improve Coordination and Mobility
Improve Sensory Integration and Attention
Gain Empathy and Impulse Control
Develop Problem Solving Skills
Nurture a Special Bond With a Horse
Become More Independent
Is a treatment with the help of a horse. This is carried out by licensed pediatric physical therapists and specially trained instructors who use the horse to achieve improved client functioning and rehabilitation, capitalizing on the three-dimensional movement of the horse. The motion of the horse, the subconscious effort to stay balanced and the pure joy of riding creates an immense sense of accomplishment and builds confidence.
Both of my children participate in SPURS. I enjoy watching them excel and be happy. There is true joy on their faces. They are building confidence in areas that are challenging to them.
Anxiety was washed away and they were at peace (calm). Kids that rarely said a word, meaningfully answered volunteer’s questions without prompting from myself or staff. It was absolutely amazing!
SPURS is really helping
Everyone at SPURS is great. My autistic son needs help with his social skills, and I think SPURS is really helping.
You have made a difference
I really like the horses. Thank you for all you do. You have made a difference in so many lives.
I am grateful
The volunteers are amazing. They are so kind and patient and do a great job engaging the students. I am grateful for their dedication. I know some even come between jobs or on their lunch breaks to be there for us. It is much appreciated.
I like it all!
I can’t pick just one thing I like about SPURS. I like it all: riding, making friends, my coach, Chelsea and Tim’s silly jokes. Thank you and hope to see you soon!