For riders ages 4 and up, sessions include both ground and riding interaction with a horse. Lessons are led by PATH(Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. Ground time includes grooming, leading, and getting to know the horse. During riding, the client participates in a wide variety of activities and maneuvers based on their personal riding ability. Riding lessons may be in our new covered arena, on our Sensory Trail to help with sensory challenges, or on our Nature Trail to provide a different riding experience.
Beneficial to most with Physical Disabilities, Learning & Emotional Disabilities, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Autism, Downs Syndrome, and Hearing & Visual Impairments.
Therapeutic Horsemanship groups include up to 4 participants for equine growth and learning. Each group member will choose a horse from our very diverse herd. Over the next several weeks, participants will develop a relationship with their horse and with the other group members. Veterans particularly enjoy the peer support offered in a group setting. Through a wide variety of ground activities, the participants will learn how to communicate effectively with their horse, horsemanship techniques, and a little about themselves.
"While in college, I worked with people utilizing Therapeutic Riding. When I found that my son had some emotional challenges, therapeutic riding was a great way to bridge his love for animals learning responsibility while having fun and maintaining "control". Everyone at PFR has been absolutely wonderful and my little boy is so passionate about his time there. I can't thank them enough for the support they've given!!!!" Karen
"We have been coming to Paws for Reflection Ranch for therapeutic riding lessons since about 2013, and we can’t say enough good things about the place. The riding instructors have always taken great care with my daughter and our family. Since my daughter is severely autistic and mostly non-verbal we have a lot of different needs, but they’ve worked hard to accommodate her and to help her gain more confidence and strength. I love seeing her riding the horses and trying to use words to give the horses directions. We’ve also enjoyed the special activities out on the ranch and the variety of animals they keep. Where else in town can you be greeted by a donkey and escorted into the barn by a pig? In addition, I feel like the people at Paws take care of me. Being the mom of a child with special needs comes with a special kind of stress, and for me, getting to talk to the horses and even help groom them is often just what I need. They’ve made us feel like family and for that we are truly grateful. " Jennifer
"Just wanted to write and say Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Paws for Reflection Ranch. Our twin boys, Matthew and Seth, would not have been able to come as far as they've come without the therapy they received attending the ranch.
When the boys first started, one was pretty much non-verbal, lacked making eye contact, and did quite a bit of hand flapping. Soon after beginning therapy at Paws, he realized his love for horses and confidence in himself. He began to verbalize a lot more and his hand flapping decreased. His connection to both the instructor and the horse became one of a kind and shortly after, Matthew began to make more eye contact and verbalize his needs, wants, and even what he didn't want. Today he finds himself in his 4th semester of Piano, something we tried to put him in years ago but could not focus, talk, or stop stimming long enough to play something that comes naturally for him.
Seth, his twin brother, also received therapy at the Ranch. Seth began with severe sensory issues along with Aspergers and ADHD. Textures, noises, smells, tastes, and fear of the unknown, as well as, defiant and oppositional behavior were a huge issue. Like Matthew, he too found his love for horses and looked forward to all of his therapy days. With the amazing help of Equestrian Therapist (PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor) Kylie Heath, Seth learned self-confidence, courage, to focus and listen, and most importantly, control. Today, Seth finds himself in Tae Kwon Do. He has received his 3rd belt and is able to control his impulsiveness. He can now handle being in a room with more than four people, and is doing much much better handling the unknown.
Both my husband and I truly believe that Equestrian Therapy, Play Therapy, and Music Therapy at Paws for Reflection Ranch helped the boys overcome many obstacles, gave them the security and confidence in themselves to try new things, allowed them to learn some independence (something very difficult to teach as a Mother of Twin Autistic Boys), and it even helped my husband and I in a way you do not even know.
We saw what our boys are capable of learning, what they can do at such a young age, and it gives us a peace of mind of what is to come in their life.
Thank you! Without your generous help, with the therapists and the Horses...we would definitely not be where we are today." Daniel and Blanca S.
"Our daughter's disabilities had led her to be extremely self-conscious and withdrawn in most public situations as she grew into a young lady. Her cerebral palsy and learning delays were not observable or severe; however, she would become frustrated due to her misunderstanding and comprehension of certain life situations. She was hesitant to participate in unknown activities and take any risks. Once she became involved at Paws for Reflection Ranch, we began to see a whole new young lady appear before our eyes.
We found Paws for Reflection by chance on a search engine while surfing the internet. It happened to be close to our home, so she started at Horse Camp the very next week!! Our experiences have not been short of amazing, she has been involved in Therapeutic Riding lessons, Girls Animal Lovers Society, camps, holiday events at the ranch, and literally everything we can make it to. Her increased confidence level has led her to participate in new school activities and try new experiences at home. She is involved in theater and choir, she will initiate conversations with new acquaintances and now she cultivates her friendships more fully. With her new confidence, she even attended her Junior Prom and danced!
We are very appreciative of this wonderful place; the staff has assisted her in growing, thinking, and maturing. Her confidence has blossomed and emotionally she is developing beautifully. Paws for Reflection Ranch has given her this ability and chance." Brad and Amy P.
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