A horse’s soothing rhythm, strength, warmth, and three-dimensional movement pattern provides healthy exercise while improving circulation and muscle tone. The discipline associated with working with horses and the social interactions between peers benefit the mind and spirit while raising self-esteem and increasing self-sufficiency through accomplishment. The unconditional love of the horses has been proven to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction and offer a haven where riders can feel a sense of empowerment.
Each week, 65 children and adults with disabilities between the ages of 4 and 70 saddle up at Free Rein; 60% are under age 18. These riders represent many diagnoses (many with multiple diagnoses): approximately 1/3 of our riders have Cerebral Palsy, another 1/3 Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and similar conditions; the remainder have a variety of disabilities or illnesses ranging from global developmental delay, seizure disorders, cancer or the side effects of a significant illness, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite the various backgrounds and even more varied diagnoses, each rider gains a greater sense of control and self-confidence while experiencing a freedom never felt before.
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Special Programs & Summer Camps