BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center on River Road is offering four, six-week therapeutic riding sessions beginning Sept. 12, according to a news release.
The Hearts and Hooves Therapeutic Riding Program provides equine-oriented activities for the purpose of contributing to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities.
The center welcomes adults and children, ages six and older, to participate in the sessions throughout the school year every Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fee is $120 per six-week session.
People of all ages with a variety of disabilities discover new worlds through equine-assisted activities. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves riders’ bodies in a manner similar to the human step, individuals with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength, the release says.
Moreover, for people with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship they form with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The sense of independence and self-confidence gained from riding carries into all areas of life, the release says.
Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, call (225) 769-7805.
To volunteer, call (225) 272-9200 ext. 581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.