At the CHAPS Center, we strongly believe that everyone deserves access to the healing power of horses. Horses have a way of connecting with us all on a deeper level. Their gentle demeanor and powerful presence can be soothing to our spirits and calming to our minds. The benefits of working with our equine partners extends beyond just the development of the physical body. Our trained staff and volunteers work closely with clients to understand their unique needs and goals, and to develop customized programs that meet their specific needs. If you are interested in becoming a client for any of our available therapies, please contact us down below.
Adaptive Riding Lessons
Adaptive Riding lessons are recreational horseback riding lessons for individuals with special needs. Riders learn horsemanship and riding skills in an environment tailored to their individual needs and learning styles. Along with the physical benefits, Adaptive Riding also helps to improve self-confidence, self-control, peer interaction, and social skills. Riders are able to form strong bonds with their horses, which can be incredibly empowering and confidence-building. Additionally, riding in a group setting allows riders to interact with their peers and develop important social skills that will serve them well both in and out of the saddle. The program is tailored to meet the unique needs and learning styles of each individual, ensuring that everyone is able to progress at their own pace.
Gabriel Therapy Group has partnered with the CHAPS Center to provide pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy at our farm. A typical therapy session takes place on the back of the horse, in our on-site therapy room, or in the natural environment of the farm. Hippotherapy incorporates equine activities or the equine environment. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.
In hippotherapy, the therapist uses the movement of the horse to address the patient’s challenges, such as balance, strength, endurance, coordination, communication, and attention. This therapy does not teach riding skills but rather geared towards goals of independence with activities of daily living and increased participation in family, school and community life.
If you are interested in becoming a client for any of our available therapies, please use this form to contact us.