Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program offers Equine Facilitated Therapy to people who happen to have mental, physical and or emotional challenges.
Our youngest student was 18 months old when he started with us. Our oldest student was 99 years old when he graduated on up.
We have teamed up with local mental health facilities to offer equine facilitated learning to "Kids at Risk", Military Veterans as well as people with addictions.
Our Mission is to help people in spirit, soul and body who happen to have disabilities.
Mentally and emotionally people enjoy being at the farm. They can leave the cares of the world behind them as they groom and communicate with their horse. Horses and ponies have no agenda. They just want love. They do not judge. It is a relief for our students to spend time in an non judgmental atmosphere.
Physically, the movement of the horse mimics walking. When someone sits on a horse and the horse walks, the person's body moves as if he or she is walking. This is excellent for all six systems of the person's body. The muscles start to work again; very often with someone who is stiff, their muscles start to relax. The movement also gets both sides of the rider's brain to communicate with each other. This is very helpful for victims of strokes or head trauma.
The farm atmosphere gives children a new perspective. Those who have become disengaged learners in the school system suddenly want to learn more about the horses, which translates into learning more academically.
Equine Facilitated Learning encompasses many areas such as, but not limited to: Therapeutic Riding, Equine Learning, Horsemanship, Stable Management, Recreational Riding, Sports Riding, Trail Riding, Horse Shows and Special Olympics, all of which Freedom Hills TRP offers to their students.
Volunteer Opportunities but not limited to:
Grooming the Horses and Ponies,
Daily Horse Care