SpiritHorse Shenandoah Valley
Therapeutic Riding Center
We have been blessed and honored to be able to work with and learn from Charles Fletcher, the founder of the original SpiritHorse located in Corinth, Texas.
He has developed ground breaking techniques used in Therapeutic Riding to help those with disabilities be all that they can. They have many success stories that are very inspirational to us and we are sure that they will inspire you as well. (spirithorsenews.com)
What is Equine therapeutic riding?
We are SpiritHorse Shenandoah Valley, located in Raphine, VA near Staunton, Waynesboro, and Lexington.
SHSV is a Therapeutic riding program that provides personalized riding lessons, to help our riders to meet their individual goals.
You can meet our Horses by clicking the link above theat says "Our Horses"
To assist individuals with special needs, in reaching their full potential through interactions with horses.
Why choose Therapeutic Riding?
The movement of the horse or pony stimulates the rider(s) vestibular system (inner ear) which not only controls balance, but all voluntary movement of the body, including speech. About half way through the lesson, our rider(s) who have an under-stimulated vestibular system (one form of sensory integration dysfunction) become more active vocally and in body movement. Riders also learn vital skills such as: Following instruction, focusing, task sequence, participation, and self-confidence.
Stretching of tight or spastic muscles
Increased range of motion of the joints
Reduction of abnormal movement patterns
Improved respiration and circulation
Improved appetite and digestion
Increased interest in the outside world
Increased interest in one's own life
Development of patience
Emotional control and self discipline
Sense of normality
Expansion of focus of control
Sequencing, patterning, and motor planning
Improved eye-hand coordination
Visual spatial perception
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