State College Recreational Horseback Riding Program
Easter Seals' State College Recreational Horseback Riding Program is a six week program that is held in the spring and fall. Individuals with almost any disability can benefit from therapeutic riding. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait and riders with physical disabilities often show improvements in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. Communication and language skills are facilitated through participation in activities and while gaining horsemanship skills.
Each week, riders became more comfortable on the horses, sitting higher in their seat, participating in activities, and learning to steer their horses. Volunteers and staff work with riders to make recreational riding fun and beneficial.
The program is open to individuals with special needs ages three and older. Enrollment is limited to 20 riders, with a maximum weight per rider of 175 pounds. All scheduling is managed by Nancy Maier, of Hands On Therapeutic Riding. She will call all participants to schedule time slots prior to the start of the first session.
Contact Brittany Coder in the State College office at 814.238.4434 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or more information.
Recreational horseback riding offers many opportunities for positive outcomes including:
Activities that riders participate in while riding: