Equine Assisted Programs

Programs We Offer

Promise Ranch proudly provides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for children and adults with disabilities and other therapeutic or rehabilitative needs. Our PATH Intl certified riding instructors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists offer the following programs:

Adaptive Riding & Ground Work

Hippotherapy

Veterans Program

Our instructors and therapists work directly with our riders and their families to design goal-oriented lesson plans and plans of care. We are also happy to work with outside therapists, teachers, and counselors so that we can ensure consistency and goal-alignment for each and every rider.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) – an umbrella term that refers to any and all therapeutic equine activities. This term encompasses a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, carriage driving, interactive vaulting, and equine facilitated learning.

Benefits of EAAT:

EAAT is generally divided into four categories – therapy, recreation/leisure, sport, and education. Individuals who participate in EAAT benefit socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively.

Physical Benefits of EAAT

The movement of the horse at a walk simulates the human gait. A horse’s movement is 3-dimensional, rhythmical, symmetrical and repetitive and has the following effects on the rider:

Emotional and Cognitive Benefits of EAAT

When working with or riding horses, an individual can experience many emotional and cognitive benefits such as:

Social Benefits of EAAT

Horseback riding promotes independence as well as a general sense of well-being and normality by providing the participant with the opportunity to: