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"When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, 'I want to make a creature of you.  Condense.' And the Wind condensed."

~Emir Abd-el-Kader


Equine Therapy

Healing Through Horses

Horseback riding provides independent riding skills and horsemanship training.  Often there are physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and sensory benefits to the rider as well. 

We work with children and adults with a wide range of challenges, such as, physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, trauma histories, social anxiety, PTSD, cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorder, and many others. 

Lessons are designed around the individual's needs and goals, and can include games, groundwork, obstacle courses, and other rider specific activities, in addition to traditional horsemanship and riding theory. 


People with disabilities benefit greatly due to motor, emotional and sensory inputs that are associated with riding a horse. Joy, belonging and empathy are some of the outcomes of developing a relationship with an equine partner.

With a horse there is a give and take relationship that develops and transfers into real life.  Just as in a herd, we are not designed to "go at it alone."  Forming bonds with the horses can help those struggling to develop bonds in their personal relationships. 

You do not have to be a professional rider, some experience with horses is preferred.  We find that it is not riding ability that determines the most personal growth, but the ability to be open and willing to change. 


Equine Therapy sessions can be scheduled upon registration at The Sylvan Well.

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