Serving Diverse Community Needs

Therapeutic Riding vs. Hippotherapy

Therapeutic Riding (TR) consists of mounted activities and adaptive riding activities. Lessons are conducted by instructors specially trained to work with individuals with diverse needs who desire to learn to ride and care for horses. The emphasis is mostly on horsemanship and how it relates to the horse/human bond.   The instructor evaluates and designs a program in conjunction with individualized strengths and needs. A collaborative team may consist of equine, instructor,  headwalker, sidewalker(s) therapist,and/or mental health professional.  Parent input and participation is encouraged.


Hippotherapy promotes the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions for people living with disabilities. Saddles with surcingles (or balance bar) and sometimes adaptive equipment is used depending on the need of the rider. LeCheval Stable has referral resources for Hippotherapy.

PATH - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Mission: PATH Intl.changes and enriches lives by promoting excellence in equine assisted activities and therapies.


Equine Assisted Learning - EAL 

Instruction at LeCheval Stable is provided in a naturalistic setting with outdoor arena and fields. Individualized Education Plan components are considered in the development of each rider's program. Equine related activities and the movement and support of the equine promotes opportunity for improvement in many areas to include:

  • Sensory stimulation
  • Social communication
  • Language development
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Peer interaction
  • Parent and sibling interaction
  • Improvement of postural alignment
  • Increased physical stamina
  • Strengthening of core muscles
  • Improved attentional skills
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Integration -visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile senses
  • Academic and language based learning
  • Thematic based learning supported by equine activities

    American Model of Therapeutic Riding based on four areas of service:

    Recreation The focus is on recreation and leisure. Riding a horse is a fun and enjoyable experience providing great psychological benefits.

    Sport The focus is on riding skills. The participant works to improve riding posture and control. This area can include competition such as Special Olympics, schooling shows, driving and vaulting.

    Education The focus is to use the riding setting to work on educational goals such as learning right and left, sequencing, following commands, and functional academic skills.

    Therapy The focus is to use the horse as a tool or co-support to provide formal therapy. A common term used to describe this area is Hippotherapy and can only be provided by a licensed health care professional such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist.

  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy EAP
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP can only be provided by mental health professional or psycho-therapist. The team is comprised of a licensed, certificated therapist and an equine specialist in mental health and learning and of course, an equine.

 Individuals served include:

  • Individuals, families of all ages and stages in life
  • Individuals challenged with trauma, stress related events
  • Individuals with depression and / or anxiety
  • Individuals who have experienced need for therapeutic support in transitional aspects of their lives.



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Marya Pecukonis,
Mar 3, 2013, 11:02 AM