Adaptive Riding Program

The Adaptive Riding Program focuses on mastering basic horsemanship and equestrian skills.  Classes are taught by P.A.T.H. Intl. Certified Therapeutic Instructors, who specialize in teaching riding to individuals with disabilities.  Students are therapeutically impacted through the multi-dimensional sensory experiences that are unique to horses, riding horses and a barn environment.   There are behavioral, physical and educational components incorporated into the lessons.

Students participating in the Adaptive Sport Riding Program strive to become independent riders, as their individual abilities allow.

Equine-Assisted Therapy Program

The Equine-Assisted Therapy program is directed by a licensed health professional, such as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Pathologist.  The therapists have special training and are registered through the American Hippotherapy Association (A.H.A.).

During an equine-assisted therapy session, the horse’s movement and gait are used to influence the mounted rider’s body.  The main objective is to exercise or stimulate the deep postural muscles of the trunk to enhance each person’s ability for purposeful movement of their extremities.

Abnormal movement patterns can be positively affected by the rhythmic movement of the horse.  Muscle tone and stimulation can be positively impacted through graded and varied movements.  As in Adaptive Sport Riding, there are unlimited opportunities for a riding therapy lesson to affect all the senses and systems of the body.

Horse Tales- Horse Powered Reading

Using M.A.R.E.’s Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) model of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) as the foundation, Horse Tales combines social-emotional learning with academics. Students see and experience reading with their entire mind, body and emotions by creating metaphors for the skills involved in reading. Research has shown it only takes a few key reading skills combined with motivation, self efficacy/confidence, and persistence, all of which are taught by the horses, to create a rapid growth in learning & reading. Additionally, Horse Tales type programs have shown EAAT learning enhances reading skills over time as students' develop improved social-emotional skills that foster greater achievements in academics at school. Often social-emotional issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues get in the way of student learning. Horse Tales can break through those issues giving students a chance to learn or reinforce reading and other academic skills. Students (k-12). Program opens 2021.  Full scholarships available for those that qualify and need it most.

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M.A.R.E Riding Academy

MARE Riding Academy offers lessons to volunteers, donors and siblings of our program.  This not only helps keep our therapy horses in shape, but it also supports our Therapeutic Riding Program. We offer basic horseback riding, and horsemanship skills.  Classes are taught by MARE Instructors, who specialize in teaching riders of all different levels of abilities.  Horseback riding is an excellent form of exercise and builds confidence and life skills in responsibility.  Our lessons are offered to ages 4 years and up. 

Stable Skills

Currently, a collaborative program between The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic and M.A.R.E., Stable Skillsprovides a unique approach to addressing mental health issues facing at-risk youth.  The Stable Skills program presents positive character traits such as respect, courage and leadership each session through interactions with the horse.  Discussions on trust, choices, body language, self-awareness, commitment, group dynamics, and attitude are all relative when working with horses.  Stable Skills participants complete the program with a sense of accomplishment and a new sense of awareness about how to relate and react to the world.