Understanding Therapeutic Horse Back Riding and benefits
What is therapeutic riding? American Heritage Dictionary defines "THERAPUETIC" as "having healing or curative powers; gradually or methodically ameliorative". With the rider on horse back the riders receive range of motion (ROM) exercise which helps promote the body's circulation and helps to stretch and to tone the muscles.
BENEFITS: The benefits are physical and emotional. Here are few:
- Self Confidence
- Self Esteem
- Social Skills
- Hand and Eye Coordination
- Digestive System
- Focus and Concentration
- Motor Skills
- Speech / Vocal Skills
- Muscle Strengthening and Toning
Every mounted rider in the Pegasus, Equine Therapeutic Riding Program
has a team of four dedicated volunteers.
- Two sidewalkers, one sidewalker on each side of the rider
- Horse leader
- And a horse of course!
WE ARE NOT A PONY RIDE!!
During the week, Pegasus offers therapy to 10 classes of special education children from all three school districts in Coachella Valley.
Thanks to generous donations, Pegasus is able to bus these classes to/from the Pegasus Ranch.
Pegasus also has classes for pre-school and home school special needs children; these riders arrive by private transportation.
We also offer classes to adults from the Neuro Vitality Center, Desert Arc and Angel View, as well as special classes from
Loma Linda University Medical Center.
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- We service riders as young as 3 to 93 years of age.
- All riders must be deemed DISABLED, SPECIAL NEEDS by the Social Security System or by the Public School system.
- Additionally Riders' caretakers or parents must fill out the Pegasus Riders Packet that includes, information regarding the disability and requires a physician signature.
- Pegasus follows the Public School Calendar for Holidays, and sessions end in May when the weather is too warm for both the riders and our horses.
- Many of our riders start the program from Elementary School and continue through High School or adulthood. New Riders also join throughout every season.
- The riders are part of a sports experience by riding a horse, and learn hand-eye coordination playing baseketball and other other routine games.
- All of our riders make recognizable progress and all are very proud that they can ride a horse!
- For most of our riders, Pegasus is the only fun, outdoor exercise they receive.
Equine Therapy Program Classes
- Pegasus has class on: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Classes are held October through May in the outdoor arena.
- Each riding day usually starts at 8:30 a.m. and continues till 12:30 p.m.
- All riders / schools are required to be at Pegasus at least 15 min prior to their scheduled class time to check-in.
- Riders are individually fitted with state safety code riding helmets for their safety.
- Each class is 30 minutes of (ROM) full range of motion exercise on horseback. Equine Therapy.
- If you are unable to attend your scheduled time, please call ASAP to let us know. Be sure to get our business card with the ranch phone number for your convenience.
- If weather is bad in some areas of the desert…DO NOT ASSUME: that it is bad at Pegasus! You can call the ranch at (760) 772-3057 and there will be a recorded message by 7:30 am letting you know if we will be having classes that day, based on the wind, rain, etc.
- No abusive, threatening, violent or noncompliance behavior will be tolerated on the premises of Pegasus
- Alcohol and illegal drug use is prohibited
- No smoking on ranch premises
- All children must be supervised at all times
- No running, children or adults
- No spectators at the rails, only in designated areas
- No Dogs, exception, service or therapy animals or Director authorized
- Do not feed horses at any time, it's for the horses safety
- Do not enter the horse stalls without authorization from Stable Manager or Instructors
- Adhere to instructions given by Program Director and Instructors
- Work cordially and respectfully with co-volunteers, staff, riders and guests
- Follow all safety procedures, rules and regulations
- Report all accidents, injuries and or safety hazards to Directors or Instructors immediately
- No cell phones, exception vibrate mode for medical reasons
- Never talk on the phone when handling riders or horses
- Policies listed here but not limited to this list will be enforced for the safety of everyone
Thank you, Pegasus Management