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Therapeutic Riding: Facilitated by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH) Certified Instructors. Ground lessons are also provided for those who may not be cleared to ride, and to enhance the ability to reach personal goals.
Therapeutic Riding uses equine assisted activities for the purpose of contributing in a positive nature to cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. Therapeutic riding can provide benefits in the area of therapy, education, sport and recreation and leisure.
A disability does not need to limit a person from riding horses. Experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body very similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Horseback riding can provide recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors and farm life.
Therapeutic horsemanship uses a skilled PATH certified instructor, skilled therapy horses, and carefully trained volunteers to help participants grow in the following areas: cognitive, emotional, social, and physical. Many PATH centers, including Serenity Farm, work with individuals living with a variety of conditions including: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, TBI, autism spectrum disorder, ADD, anxiety, and depression. Our Serenity Farm team also works closely with at risk youth, veterans, victims of sexual and domestic abuse, and foster families. Our flexible programming can be individualized to help people from all works of life grow.
Team Thunder: Our equine professional hold certification by either PATH, Intl. or EAGALA or OK Corral.
Our mini horse miracles are carefully selected and trained to provide hours of emotional support. Team Thunder is on the road from April through the beginning of October to visit over 15 senior citizen locations, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, schools and public relation events.
Occupational Therapy at Serenity Farm Not to be confused with employment, “occupations” are activities and tasks that occupy a person! Occupational therapy addresses deficits that prevent a person from participating in the things they want and need to do to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on a holistic perspective when working with people. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing sensory processing deficits, strength, balance, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, and a variety of other areas that may keep a person from living life to his or her fullest potential. The American Hippotherapy Association identifies hippotherapy as the incorporation of equines, equine movement, and the equine environment into therapeutic intervention. “Hippotherapy” refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech-language professionals integrate the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapeutic mode in order to achieve functional outcomes. Hippotherapy addresses the needs of individuals with neuromotor, cognitive, and sensory deficits (American Hippotherapy Association, 2019).
At Serenity Farm, horses are beautifully integrated into occupational therapy intervention for the purpose of reaching goals, thereby improving occupational performance! Therapeutic plans are constructed from a person-centered approach ensuring that every aspect of a person is considered when developing and implementing an appropriate plan of care. The relationship between horses and people creates a harmonious, unique, and science-driven avenue for progress and goal attainment.