A MOTHER'S WORDS
"It has been a huge success for Brandon. We are so grateful to Ride On St. Louis for providing this opportunity. To give our son the tools it takes to take steps on his own someday."
— Shannon W, Mother
Equine-assisted service contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Clients are encouraged to perform horsemanship activities to support the client’s individual needs.
Accommodates service members who have been injured and strives to nurture the mind and body through both the physically healing movement of the horse and emotional interaction.
Our horses, who have given so much to humans in need, are loved and cared for beyond their specialized careers as equine assisted service horses. When retirement comes, this program allows our senior horses to retire on site and in our care for the remainder of their lives.
A vocational skills, equine-assisted learning program providing in-depth equine education, hands-on application and accountability for people with disabilities, health-related obstacles or hardships.
This day camp welcomes children with disabilities and able-bodied children who are interested in riding and learning about horses in a positive environment.
The sports horsemanship classes instruct and condition individuals to be true equestrians and to embrace all aspects of the equine world. Clients work toward knowledge and ability to manage, groom, and tack, and while participating in ground and ridden work/instruction.
Occupational therapists or physical therapists treat children and adults with neuromuscular/skeletal disorders using standard concepts, practices and procedures within the field, in order to achieve maximum functional outcome. Therapies incorporate equine movements as a treatment strategy.
Horses are beings with feelings, thoughts, emotions, memories and empathetic abilities and are highly social animals. Social interaction opens areas for communication, for self-discovery and develops character skills designed around essential components relating to the fundamental knowledge of the equestrian world.
As a direct response to COVID-19, this program enhances connectedness for at-risk people with disabilities and their caregivers, who are experiencing loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. The program is proud to partner with Pony Bird, Inc.
WHEN CHOOSING A CENTER
Do the center and instructors hold certifications (PATH, EFMHA, AHA, etc.)? Does the center partner with universities and physicians? Do the instructors have previous professional equine experience (training, what kind, with whom, how much)? Is there a physical, occupational or speech therapist on staff for therapy or consultation? Are the horses rested and used no more than 3 consecutive classes (2 classes for therapy)? Are the horses physically and mentally conditioned on a regular schedule? Are volunteers trained, certified and retrained each year? Is someone on the premise trained in CPR? Does the staff participate in continuing education programs? Are the lesson plans or progress notes kept and available to the clients? Are the goals for each client discussed? Do they have liability insurance? Is the stable kept clean and free of tools or hazards?
Who Can Benefit
Our clients include veterans, children and adults with disabilities, and youth. Our main goal is to make substantial and sustaining quality of life improvements.
Our primary concern is to provide a safe, productive experience for all clients. Included in this is the wish to “do no harm.” We may not be able to accommodate all.