True Strides Therapeutic Horseback Riding

True Strides Therapeutic Riding Center offers children and adults the opportunity for Equine Assisted Therapies/Hippotherapy and horse camps that provide life changing experiences. A licensed Occupational Therapist and a Path Certified Riding Instructor instruct the one on one 45 minute therapy session.

True Strides partners an individual with a therapeutically trained horse to maximize the rider’s potential for physical, occupational and psychological growth. The horses gait mimics the three-dimensional movement of human hips, which helps guide and engage the rider’s body to do the same. This movement is picked up by the rider’s inner ear and then sends impulses to a specific part of the brain which influences eye tracking, speech, motor planning and eye had coordination. This all happens while the client is having fun.

The initial consult is free and done by an occupational therapist and riding instructor. At the initial visit an informal evaluation is completed utilizing clinical observations and standardized testing. Written goals are established with parental involvement and a treatment plan is set into place. Clients attend on a weekly basis with their goals and treatment regularly adjusted as needed.

True Strides is an ideal therapy option for individuals with ADD/ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Disorders, Developmental Delays, Down syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Speech, Muscle and/or Nervous System Disorders and spinal cord injuries.

Then the individual is scheduled for one-on-one, 45-minute sessions with a therapist, support staff and of course, a loving, gentle horse

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True Strides Offers:

Hippotherapy/Equine-Assisted Therapy
Offered Year-Round

Hippotherapy is occupational or physical therapy that utilizes the horse as a treatment modality. The therapy focuses on emotional and physical developmental, fundamental skills, quality of movement resulting in improved daily living tasks.

Therapeutic Riding
Offered Year-Round

Therapeutic Riding is a riding lesson for clients with special needs. The rider will first learn midline balance/coordination while mounted and moving in all three gaits. The rider graduates to independent riding/steering. This results in confidence, increased self-esteem and overall improved behavior. The therapy focuses on riding and controlling the horse independently for sport, recreation and education.

Horsemanship Experiences at Camp
Offered through Camp
June-August

True Strides provides opportunities for individuals of all abilities to experience exceptional equine-assisted activities by facilitating camp sessions with a True Strides component added to them. The full list of camp sessions with True Strides components can be found on page 9 of the camp catalog.
For more information about the programs offered by True Strides please call 952.852.0126 or email sharim@truefriends.org.


Contact Us

info@truestrides.org

Camp Courage
8046 83rd St NW, Maple Lake MN 55358

Shari Mangas, Director
American Hippotherapy Certified Occupational Therapist, PATH Certified Instructor
Phone: 952.852.0126
Cell: 763.360.4117
Email: ShariM@truefriends.org

True Strides is open Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. by appointment.
To schedule an appointment or a visit
please call 952.852.0126 or
email sharim@truefriends.org. 

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