What is Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding is an individualized program of learning
to ride a horse which takes into account a person's physical,
mental, and emotional strengths and limitations. The horses, staff,
and volunteers involved in therapeutic riding have all been carefully
selected and trained to accommodate the physical, mental, or social
disabilities of the rider.
Improved physical strength, balance, mobility and coordination are accomplished through the physical act of riding a horse. Increased attention, concentration, learning, and verbal skills are inherent in learning the skills necessary to ride successfully. Bonding with the horse, making new friends, and respecting authority are some of the social improvements we see. Improvements in self esteem, self control, and confidence also arise from the experience of success in learning to ride. Therapeutic riding is fun and effective!
The 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County will provide
persons with disabilities the opportunity to benefit from a continuous
program of therapeutic horseback riding, in a safe environment,
under the instruction of professionally trained staff, at a locally
It is the policy of the MD Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or disability.