Saddle Up’s arena based program includes: barn orientation/safety, horse grooming, tacking, behavior around horses, controlling the horse, and arena riding. Participants work on posture, getting exercise, stretching, working muscles and strengthening body core. We teach a variety of things about the horse and horsemanship to get the participants comfortable with the horse before they actually get on. Saddle Up uses adaptive equipment to assist in mounting and securing the riders. Horse handlers and side walkers are used with each participant for safety. The Equine Facilitated Learning program is a ground work based program focused on helping individuals learn about themselves and how they interact with the world around them. It involves a series of activities or tasks performed by the individual with a horse from the ground. Participants will get the full ranch experience at Saddle Up as they have the opportunity to visit with their farm animals (goats, pigs, rabbits etc.) Gardening can be added to visit activities as items grown in the garden can be fed to the animals at visits. Memory Connection gives the opportunity for residents with dementia to experience the unconditional love and acceptance that horses give. Equine therapy engages many different senses. It triggers reactions, memories and feelings not often tapped into in everyday life. Spending time with horses and caring for their needs eases the symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia, according to new research published in the journal Alplazzos
Saddle Up is a place not just for riding horses, rather Saddle Up is a place of the heart. Everyone who works or volunteers at Saddle Up does so with their heart, not just their hands. This is a program where people connect with horses, which is a wonderful thing in itself. But it is so much more than that. This is a place where people connect with each other; where relationships are built that change the lives of the riders as well as the volunteers; where genuine love and commitment are evidenced at every practice session and at every event. Saddle Up is a place of equalization: every person, no matter rider or volunteer, no matter able bodied or disabled, no matter mentally challenged or fully mentally functional, all experience the sheer joy that comes through the triumph of the human spirit. Being part of Saddle Up will change you forever to watch as children and adults who are in shells created by disability, by emotional pain, by fear, by anxiety chip away at those shells from the inside as instructors and horses chip away from the outside is an amazing thing to see and to be a part of. And even more so, when that shell is discarded and left behind, and the person who emerges is stronger and more confident and more able to cope with their situation in life, being a part of this cannot help but change a person in more ways than can be expressed in words. Come and see for yourself. You too will be changed forever.
Saddle Up Riding Club, Inc. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) Program is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through equine assisted and related activities. Saddle Up Riding Club is a member center of the PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), which provides structured horseback riding sessions to children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Our instructors are nationally certified in therapeutic riding through PATH Intl. and our volunteers and horses have been carefully selected and trained for their roles.
Depending on the disability, benefits of horseback riding include improvement in joint mobility, balance and coordination, relaxation of spasticity, increased muscle tone, self-confidence through self-image, improved learning, concentration, spatial awareness, and motivation to set and achieve goals. Riders also benefit emotionally, through the unique bonds they form with their horses and our dedicated volunteers. Most important is that riding a horse is fun! From the beginning, riders learn balance, coordination and self-assurance while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation. As a result of carefully planned lessons, poise posture, strength and flexibility improve. A strong sense of responsibility develops as the rider learns to take part in the care of the horses and equipment. Advanced equestrian skills, teamwork and cooperation are learned as the rider becomes independent on horseback. Finally classes, horse shows and events encourage confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment as new levels of expertise and new goals are met. Advanced equestrian skills, teamwork and cooperation are learned as the rider becomes independent on horseback. Finally classes, horse shows and events encourage confidence, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment as new levels of expertise and new goals are met.
What programs are available at Saddle Up Riding Club?
• Therapeutic Riding Classes
• Saddle Up for Heroes
• Special Olympics, Paralympics and Competition Training
• Agriculture Training Program
• Equine Facilitated Learning Program