Participants come to High Horses with a wide variety of disabilities and challenges including autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, emotional and developmental disabilities. Riders of all ages are helped via our therapeutic riding programs.
Who we serve:
Each rider meets with an instructor or therapist before being scheduled to ride. We do require a completed Application Packet and current reports from medical and education professionals are obtained for each. We coordinate these efforts with over 25 social service agencies. Our instructors use this information to develop individual lesson plans and to document each participants’s progress towards their goals.
Depending on individual needs, a participant may be scheduled for either private or group lessons, may ride with a therapist or a certified instructor, or may be offered a spot in our un-mounted program. The High Horses staff and medical consultants are happy to discuss these options with you.
Our Parent/Caregiver Handbook further describes what we do at High Horses. This handbook details the different programs offered, orients riders and their families to safety precautions, explains equipment used and educates people on the many ways therapeutic riding can impact a participants’ daily life and happiness. The staff at High Horses greatly encourages families and care providers to ask questions and become involved in their rider’s experience.
Our riders and their families gave High Horses a straight “A” approval rating on our recent year-end survey. Each year we welcome many returning riders as well as many new riders. For a look at what a lesson is like and how therapeutic riding can enrich your life and the lives of those you love, please watch this video by Caroline Hubert.
Goals Attainment Scaling (GAS) is a method used widely in scientific fields to measure outcomes. High Horses employs the GAS method to measure outcomes of individual riders. The purpose of this measurement is to advance the understanding of the impact of therapeutic riding on participants and to build the therapeutic riding industry’s capacity for gathering, summarizing, and communicating effectiveness data. High Horses initiated the use of GAS and then collaborated with other centers in New England including: High Hopes in Old Lyme, Connecticut; Southern Vermont Therapeutic Center in Brattleboro, VT; UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown, NH. With the data collected to date, we can clearly see that therapeutic riding has a positive impact on its participants.
View the August 2014 Interim Progress Report for Building Capacity for Evaluating Outcomes in Therapeutic Riding.