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Project ASTRIDE (Adapted Specialized Training & Recreation Involving Disabled Equestrians) is an all volunteer, nonprofit therapeutic riding program serving children and adults with developmental, physical or sensory challenges.

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Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Tuesday June 16, 2009, 4:23 pm

Project ASTRIDE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic sessions (mounted and unmounted) for people with developmental, physical or sensory challenges. Participants are provided with a trained horse, adaptive tack and a team of volunteers (a certified riding instructor, horse leader and up to two side walkers) during each one hour session.

Through our program the horse and rider are truly a team!

Some of the benefits of therapeutic riding:

* When astride the horse a rider feels, by way of their mount's quadruped gait, the three-way motion of the human walking stride.
* Through passive experience many riders are assisted to move their muscles and skeletal structures in patterns that they and their therapists otherwise do not have the means to facilitate.
* The repetitive motion and constant body heat of the horse encourage the rider's muscles to relax and their physical structure to align and become more responsive.
* Most of our participants have never had the opportunity to be "in control". To control an animal much larger than themselves is an empowering experience!
* Many physical therapists and others in the medical community have now begun to recognize horse therapy (hippotherapy) as a valuable addition to the physical therapy session.
* While building self-esteem, participants gain skills that many of their peers do not have.
* Because of interaction with volunteers, other participants and the horses, many participants learn to develop social skills and friendships.

sue M (184)
Tuesday June 16, 2009, 5:48 pm
As a rider I have seen the benefits of these programmes and fully support them.

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday June 16, 2009, 6:09 pm
This is such a great program. Thanks Raffi.

Leigh B (211)
Tuesday June 16, 2009, 6:41 pm
What an awesome program. So glad we still have some horses left with the BLM wanting to slaughter all of horses, thanks Raffi, great article
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