What Does "Hearts Therapeutic
Hearts Therapeutic Riding provides safe, fun instruction with horses, both on horseback and on the ground, with numerous volunteers and PATH certified instructors.
What is PATH?
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.
PATH is a global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit, with more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.
What Are Some Conditions Known To Improve Through Horseback Therapy?
This is only a partial list. Please ask if you would like additional information.
What Can I Expect from "Hearts Therapeutic Riding" Instruction?
Horseback therapy promotes core strength, fine motor control, speech development, social and coping skills. The improvements are sometimes gradual, other times surprisingly swift, but always incredibly exciting.
An evaluation by a PATH instructor is conducted to determine ability and lesson possibilities, followed by consultation with the parent or adult student. Lessons will be scheduled, planned and conducted with instructors and, if considered necessary, volunteers to assist the student and instructor. As goals are achieved, new ones will be set.
What does this mean? - Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes PATH Intl. Centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards. A center that meets the accreditation require-ments based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards becomes a PATH Intl.
Because of this status, we have access to Wounded Warrior Scholarships. Any veteran interested in therapeutic horse back riding needs to contact the WWP Resource Center at 888-997-2586 or the local WWP, Inc. office. Ask for the PATH Intl. Program Referral for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies and ask to be sent to Hearts Therapeutic Riding in Leander. We would love to have you ride with us!
Please make payable to "Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding" and give to your instructor or mail to Hopeful Hearts, 12400 Wire Rd., Leander, TX 78641.
Hearts Therapeutic Riding is honored to have earned the status of becoming a PATH Premier Accredited Center!