Initially, Inspiration Stables will offer only Therapeutic Riding (TR) services to special needs children ages 4-17.  TR by PATH, Intl. definition is "an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs."  In TR, lessons are adapted for individuals with special needs in order to help them achieve their desired goals while learning proper horsemanship and riding skills.

 

Hippotherapy by American Hippotherapy Association and PATH definition is "a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement.  The word hippotherapy derives from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse.  The term hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the hrose as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.  This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals."  Inspiration Stables plans to add a Hippotherapy program in 2019.

Each TR lesson is designed to help our participants to achieve their individual goals as well as an overall increase in physical strength and balance, improved confidence and self-awareness, and enhanced communication skills.  

 

A typical lesson consists of:

  • Grooming and getting to know the horse
  • Tacking the horse (if appropriate)
  • Mounting
  • Walking warm up
  • Stretching activities
  • Games/riding activities
  • Walking cool down
  • Dismounting
  • Untacking (if appropriate)
  • Grooming

 

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TR Lessons

Equine-Assisted Learning

Why Horses?

Horses are flight animals and are incredibly intuitive to the present moment. These 1200-pound animals help us become completely aware of our immediate existence and what is happening in the now. As “busyness-people” and “multi-tasking” executives, we are running a million miles an hour in our minds. Tackling problems, worrying, planning, processing, we are always in constant motion. With all this clutter, we don’t see what’s right in front of us nor how it is affecting us, those around us, and the outcome of our work and life. Horses take us from this chaos and bring us to the now…immediately. It’s pretty difficult to stand next to these powerful, sentient beings and not be acutely aware of them, if not ourselves. They are amazing in every aspect of the word. Physically, they have strength and power that can seem overwhelming to us as humans. Emotionally, they feel to their core and act purely on their intuition in the moment. Their ability to teach us is difficult to put into words. Their intuitive nature protects them, and their reactions allow us to see inside ourselves. Their herd dynamics teach us about communication, mostly importantly, the value of non-verbal communication.

 

Our Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) Team Building and Individual Personal Growth programs are a unique way for you to challenge yourself and learn more than you ever thought possible.  We are currently offer 4 standard EAL Team Building & Personal Growth programs:

  • Flex Yourself
    “He doesn’t listen to me.” “She doesn’t get me.” “No one understands what I’m trying to say!” Ever find yourself saying these things to yourself? Maybe you need to learn to “flex” yourself. In this session, you will gain self-awareness by learning the 4 most common social styles. You will develop strategies for improving communication and interpersonal skills by learning to identify, flex, and build rapport quicker and with greater ease. You will leave with actionable goals for improving communication and working on your most challenging tendencies.
  • Emotional Leadership
    Do you have a quarterback that doesn’t know the rest of the team exists? Do you have a guy on the bench that you know has what it takes to be a point guard? Emotional Leadership will help to develop the leadership, or budding leaders, on your team to have a strong sense of self-awareness and their impact on the team. Coach them on ways to improve how they are viewed by their teammates and build a sense of teamwork through their actions. Each participant will develop their team dream board and take it back to begin leading in a whole new way.
  • Building Sales Superstars
    Whether you feel you have a team of all-stars or rookies, this session will help each person to learn what actions make a sales superstar. They will identify what actions they are proficient in and other areas they may need improvement. By the end of the session, they will develop an action plan for the top two areas of growth to take back and work with their manager on.
  • Growth Mindset
    Do you live in a growth or fixed mindset? Do you know? In this session, you will learn the difference between operating in a fixed versus growth mindset. Through a variety of activities, you will identify what boxes you in your cage and how you stand in your own way of growth and success. Throughout the session, you will build strategies to step outside the box and take it to the next level with an action plan to put in place to get you there.

We can also customize a session to address any learning opportunity you would like to take on yourself or with your team.  For more information on availability, customization, and pricing, please email teambuilding@inspirationstables.org.

 

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Therapeutic Riding v. Hippotherapy

Our hippotherapy currently serves pediatric physical therapy clients on horseback.  Our pediatric physical and hippotherapist conducts 30-minute client sessions weekly to focus on specific therapy goals as determined in conjunction with the family and physicians.  Strength, flexibility, posture, stability, muscle control, large and fine motor skills are all goals that can be addressed through the hippotherapy program.  For more information, please email info@inspirationstables.org.

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Hippotherapy

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