Adaptive Riding

At Halleck Creek Ranch, we believe that equine-assisted services and Adaptive horseback riding encourages each of our participants to live a life without barriers. For students this means a healthier body and calmer mind, as well as a chance to access the great outdoors.

The benefits of animal-assisted services have been recognized for a long time, and knowledge of the specific benefits of interacting with horses has been growing exponentially in recent year. Partnering with professionals and horses can have a major physical and emotional impact on individuals with a wide variety of needs. Read more here about challenges and disabilities for which equine-assisted services (EAS) are useful, by PATH Int’l.

Horseback riding offers a variety of benefits to those who take part: the barrel of the horse helps stretch legs and strengthen core muscles as it moves from side to side, improving one’s ability to sit or stand. The natural movement of the horse increases flexibility and balance, leading to increased ability to walk or run. And holding onto reins and learning to use them to direct the horse’s movement helps develop hand strength and coordination, which in turn can help a person eat independently or write legibly. Being encouraged to make decisions and learn to and control a large animal also increases self-esteem and promotes relaxation, improving a rider’s relationships with themselves, their friends, and their family. In addition, riding a horse engages the senses: sight, smell and sound, often all at one time. It is challenging, motivating and fun, and here at Halleck Creek Ranch, we offer a safe and supportive environment in which everyone thrives.

About the Sessions

Weekday lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are held in 45 minute time slots between 10:00am and 4:00pm. During the week we offer group and individual riding sessions that focus on tasks designed to help the rider to achieve measurable goals at the end of each 8-week session.

The group sessions on Saturdays emphasize the social connections between riders and volunteers, and the therapeutic connections between people, animals and nature. There are three sessions every Saturday between 9 am and 3:00pm.  Staff members and volunteers work together as a team supporting riders as needed.