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Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding focuses on teaching students the skills of riding while also working towards holistic goals such as improved mood, self-discipline, improved self-esteem, patience, and improved focus.

Therapeutic riding works in several ways:


  • Strengthens muscles
  • Increases stamina
  • Improves posture and fine motor skills
  • Horse's movement facilitates the same pelvic and leg movement of the human walk
  • Increases memory, comprehension and concentration by challenging cognition and communication skills
  • The horse "teaches" respect, patience, attention, and focus
  • Replaces therapy burnout with enthusiasm
  • Empowers riders and helps them build self-esteem
  • Encourages and promotes social interactions between fellow riders and instructors


Therapists and equines are trained to work with a variety of special needs including but not limited to:


  • Developmental delays
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Visual and hearing impaired
  • PTSD
  • Severe depression and anxiety

Therapeutic riding instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International to provide equine assisted activities and therapies to participants. Clients must be four years or older to participate in therapeutic riding. For more information please review the rider's application packet or call (985) 796-4600. If you are in need of financial assistance please complete our scholarship application and return it to our office.

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When you donate to New Heights you are helping us positively impact lives through the healing power of the horse. Your donations help us provide services to children and adults with special needs at little or no cost to them. New Heights Therapy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax exempt to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

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