Horseback riding is one of the few recreational activities that is truly physically therapeutic. It requires the involvement of the whole body and utilizes every muscle and joint. Horseback riding offers a combination of sensory, cognitive, and emotional stimulation that facilitates mobility, socialization, and independence. The horse’s rhythmical swinging movement challenges the rider’s whole body to continually respond with natural movements. Tight muscles relax, lax muscles are stretched and strengthened, coordination is improved, and circulation increased. Game-oriented lessons and occasional trail rides are fun for the children and provide variety. Each child advances according to his or her own ability—whether it be increased mobility, improved self-esteem, or just enjoying outdoor fun and a sense of accomplishment. Riders range in age from 5 to 19 and come from many Bay Area communities.
It is as important to exercise the spirit as it is the body, and horseback riding contributes much to both the emotional well-being and physical progress of the rider.
Do you have a child who may be interested in our program?
Call us at (650) 947-8680.