Easterseals Happiness House is proud offer therapy and horseback riding services at InStride Therapy and Equestrian Center. At InStride we utilize the beautiful sixty-two acre therapy facility in Nokomis, Florida to deliver Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech Therapy. Additionally, InStride also offers Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Learning Programs. Our horseback riding program offers the ability for riders ages 7 and up to learn Classical Horsemanship and Classical Dressage.
Understanding therapy treatment with the help of a horse
This has been regarded as a therapy tool/strategy that can be utilized by occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language therapy professionals while working within their scope of practice by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). It is important for families and healthcare professionals alike to recognize that hippotherapy is provided within standard occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or speech-language therapy services. Hippotherapy is not a separate service or a program. Licensed therapy professionals in PT, OT and SLP incorporate equine movement into their plans of care for their patients as a ”therapy tool”.
Incorporating horses into occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech-language pathology session can serve as a powerful tool for the facilitation of the key neuromotor systems that support function. Skillfully applied equine movement, under the direction of a therapist, can offer the patient the opportunity for complex motor learning. This combined with other standard therapy tools/strategies in an intervention plan designed to address the treatment needs of the client.
To learn more about InStride Therapy and its programs please visit InStridetherapy.org.
To volunteer, contact Patrick Frost at email@example.com or call (941) 412-9333.
Operation 1Stride - Veteran Horsemanship Program
Operation 1 Stride is an Easterseals’ equine services program designed for veterans and first responders to provide a general knowledge of basic horsemanship skills and personal awareness. The program aims to provide a safe environment for all participants to learn basic horsemanship skills and promote general well-being for participants. The program will incorporate classroom and controlled direct interactions with horses to develop and broaden participants’ horsemanship skills and knowledge. The program curriculum will cover equine observation skills, grooming, handling, and leading horses.
In addition to learning basic equine horsemanship skills, the program also promotes each participant’s self-awareness and emotional health. Participants will experience a variety of emotional benefits: reduced stress levels, experience an increase in confidence, enhance relationship skills, improved ability to trust others, and restoration and revitalization of their physical and emotional being.