Are you looking for alternative ways to help your child manage emotional, behavioral or cognitive challenges? Look no further than Runnin WJ Ranch. We offer riding therapy for kids at our center in Texarkana, TX. Over the last 20 years, we've helped kids of all ages improve their quality of life through therapeutic horseback riding. Our instructors are PATH certified and will go above and beyond to make sure each student receives the instruction geared towards their needs.
Contact our team today to learn more about therapeutic horseback riding in Texarkana, TX.
Equine Assisted Services focuses on teaching riding skills to participants as young as four years of age with physical, social, cognitive, and/or emotional challenges. Our PATH International-certified therapeutic riding instructors work with the riders to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives. Once they are mounted, many of our riders experience a freedom of motion and ability that they do not or cannot enjoy in other aspects of their lives.
Riding classes are conducted as groups. Riders are encouraged to set individual goals and progress is made at each individual's pace. Our instructors are dedicated to helping our riders grow and to achieve their independent potential.
Physically, the horse in motion moves a rider with disabilities rhythmically and naturally through space in a way that simulates the human walking gait. This type of motion develops core muscle strength, balance and posture. Horseback riding also develops gross and fine motor control and promotes coordination.
Mentally, horseback riding increases concentration, improves sequential thought processing, and develops spatial awareness.
Emotionally, horseback riding provides an opportunity for riders to bond with the horse, their instructor, and their volunteers. This helps develop trust and reinforces appropriate behaviors.
Socially, horseback riding nurtures a positive self-image and self-confidence as riding skills are learned. Riders often experience independence for the first-time in their lives when they are riding at Runnin' WJ Ranch.
The minimum age to participate in riding is four years of age. All new riders will visit for an initial evaluation and orientation. During this visit, we will talk about issues and goals, and begin to develop a plan that allows us to best serve that person's needs.