The programs at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center are very carefully constructed, the curriculum adapted to fit the needs of the classes and the instructors trained to maximize the the potential in their clients. Vinceremos is a PATH Premier Accredited organization, meaning that we uphold the strictest of standards in our therapeutic riding program. The certification of our instructors is tailored specifically to work with children and adults with physical, cognitive or intellectual differences.
Though we love recreational riding, it is important to distinguish its difference from therapeutic riding. Our staff is comprised of an occupational therapist, a physical therapist and therapeutic riding instructors. Using the movement of the horse, the instructors will help riders achieve greater balance, core strength and gross motor skills. Riders will also communicate to the horse and instructor throughout the appointment to achieve desired milestones. Communication can present a challenge for some riders, but their equine partners frequently sense the difficulty and help to support their riders.
Therapeutic Riding offers a unique and challenging opportunity and challenging opportunity for those with limitations to be empowered with a sense of pride, accomplishment and independence. The ability to communicate with and control a 1,000 lb. animal can take confidence to great heights. Therapeutic Riding is structured so that each rider increases their equestrian abilities at their own pace. Many riders excel and become proficient and independent horsemen.
Hippotherapy means "treatment with the help of a horse." Hippotherapy uses physical, speech, or occupational therapy in combination with the horse's movements to achieve specific functional goals. The movement of the horse partnered with the position of the rider work to improve neurological function and sensory processing.
Therapeutic driving provides opportunities for individuals who may not otherwise be able to participate in traditional riding programs. Though drivers are seated in a carriage behind the horse, the program is no less challenging than riding. Drivers become a team with their equine partner as both must work together to achieve the sequencing and maneuvering of carriage driving. The unique movements associated with the carriage driving also benefit drivers with restricted mobility.
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine assisted learning provides an educational setting where clients learn valuable communication and life skills. Interaction with the horses helps clients to be more aware of their actions and to take responsibility for their decisions. Clients must listen to each other and to their horse, requiring focus and concentration, and ultimately learn that working with the horse to achieve the desired outcome is far more beneficial than trying to dominate it. These lessons learned in the barn transfer to everyday life.