You can be a Foster Friend to one of our horses
in our Therapeutic Riding Program!
Thank you for sponsoring the Annual Therapeutic Riding Show
The Swinerton Foundation Ms. Norma Goodnight
Helen Woodward Animal Center thanks "The Country Friends" and The "Menard Foundation" for their support of our Therapeutic Riding program!
Special thanks to Linda Pfleger Edwards and the Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation, Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, Elizabeth and Donald Dickinson Foundation, and the Toby Wells Foundation for making our weekly riding lessons possible
Therapeutic Riding – Horse
Therapy for Children and Adults with Special Needs
The Center's Therapeutic Riding program benefits children and adults who have a variety of special needs relating to cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and autism to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. Students ride specially trained horses with our certified instructors in weekly sessions to develop increased balance and muscle control, improve concentration and short-term memory, and enhance their confidence and self-esteem.
See how Therapeutic Riding at Helen Woodward Animal Center is changing the lives of the Ausen family.
Therapeutic Riding News and Notes
The Therapeutic Riding program had its annual Horse Show on Saturday October 6. This year’s theme was “Olympic Inspiration.” Staff member Donna fashioned handsome gold medals for each horse to wear, with red, white and blue straps that matched the ribbons braided into their hair. Students were able to choose a country to “represent,” and such diverse places as India, Italy, and China could be seen, along with many others. Students earned trophies in equine soccer, dressage, jumping, and our own version of the Triathlon, which included a bean bag ‘shot put’ element. A fun wonderful time was had by all, including the amazing corps of volunteers who kept horses and students moving along like clock work. Special thanks also go to public relations manager Jessica Gercke for announcing during the day, and to Center President Mike Arms for being on hand to present each student with their trophy.
The therapeutic riding program would also like to acknowledge The Bitless Bridle Company. A Bitless Bridle is a bridle that uses its special design to give the rider the control that a bit would, but without the need for a bit. They can be appropriate for a variety of horses who, due to personality, physical characteristics, or past life experience, are not comfortable with a bit in their mouth. Therapy horse Scout has been in one for most of his time with us. When a second one of our horses showed they could perform much better in the Bitless, we all of a sudden had troubles trying to have both horses share the one bridle. When we contacted the company, Carole quickly responded, and a donated Bitless Bridle was on its way to us within days. Thank you, Bitless Bridle, for helping our special horses give their best to our special riders.