Lily is a spunky seven year old girl who loves her American Girl Equestrian doll and playing outside. She was not always this way, in fact, when we first met Lily she was very shy, suffered from severe anxiety and was very affected by sensory processing difficulties. As a soon-to-be graduate of her therapeutic riding program, Lily has shown great improvements in balance, strength, coordination and behavior. Watch the video for demonstrations of how these results have been achieved over the past eight months with True Strides.
Self-confidence and decreased anxiety
Lily has worked hard at overcoming fears and developing inner strength. Riding horses has allowed her to develop new skills in the areas of communication, eye contact, as well as boosted her self-esteem. Her smiles during all the games gives evidence to this outcome.
Increased strength and coordination
Lily is seen maintaining jump position while trotting. She also plays volleyball holding herself in jump position which demonstrates her growth with coordination and motor planning.
Improved communication skills
Lily is all smiles while playing her favorite game like ring toss or scoop ball. She is quite capable now, of requesting games, as well as sharing with staff her excitement about her new American Girl Equestrian doll.
True Strides is now offering Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy year-round in our new state of the art indoor riding arena. We provide one-on- one hour long lessons given by an American Hippotherpay Certified Occupational Therapist and Path certified therapeutic riding instructor. Our motto is “where therapy is fun goal are reached and dreams become reality!”
True Strides works with both children and adults with a variety of disabilities including autism, MS, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD and developmental disabilities. Staff utilizes games that encourage reflex integration and sensory motor integration all while the child is happy and moving through space in a 3 dimensional pattern resulting in muscle strengthening, balance and growth of new neurological connections.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from Therapeutic Riding or Hippotherapy, visit our True Strides page for more information about our PATH Certified, Occupation Therapists and programs. Also, check out our Facebook page for the latest news from the farm!