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    Programs that provide opportunities for individuals with any of a wide range of disabilities and others (e.g., victims of assault or abuse, people who have recently suffered a tragic loss, incarcerated offenders, at risk youth) to relate to, handle, groom and ride horses as a part of an experiential habilitation or therapy program in which the horse serves as a co-facilitator or co-therapist. Equestrian therapy provides an experience with horses that fosters growth, communication skills, self-esteem, self-awareness, healing and personal transformation. Clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns. Therapy goals for different populations may differ, e.g., treatment for children with autism may focus on behavior modification and improvement.

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    ALTEC - Advance Lane Training and Employment Corporation - Supported Life SkillsThe Supported Life Skills program has an individualized approach to meeting educational, vocational, and social-emotional needs of the whole person. A full cognitive evaluation and a person centered assessment is used to allow the person and family to self-determine an individual's day based on needs, wants, and dreams. This process then develops a personalized approach to learning,working, and experiencing community in a very deliberate and systematic method. Some of the components to our small group approach may include but are not limited to the following: > Pre-vocational paid work experience > Occupational therapy consultation > Nursing Consultation > Adult daily living skill building > Communication skill building > Community life skills > Care for older adults > Physical wellness and therapy > Socialization and recreation > Music Therapy > Behavior Specialist Services > Psychological Consultations > Communication Program Design and Therapy > Arts and Crafts > Swimming and Aquatics > Therapeutic Animal Care > Massage Therapy > Horseback RidingMontgomeryAdvance Lane Training and Employment Corporation (ALTEC) - Montgomery; ColmarALTEC - Advance Lane Training and Employment Corporation
    Avenues - Therapeutic Riding ProgramTherapeutic Horseback Riding is designed to provide both physical and psychological benefits. The warmth and motion of the horse relaxes spastic muscles and mobilizes stiff joints. The horses's rythmic walk is similar to man's and is beneficial for those who are unable to walk on their own. Therapeutic Riding has also been proven to improve the following: Balance Posture Motivation Self-esteem Independence Attention Span Program Information Lessons are given May through October. Days of program differ by location. Offered at: Long Run Stables in Friedensburg Swartz Farms in Ringtown 292 Pine Swamp Rd Ringtown, PA 17967 SchuylkillAvenues - Park StreetAvenues
    Blended Spirits Ranch - For the Love of HorsesProvides Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Using natural horsemanship skills, clients participating in the program are taught how to care for, communicate with and ride horses.ErieBlended Spirits RanchBlended Spirits Ranch
    CATRA : Capital Area Therapeutic Riding AssociationIndividual instruction in horsemanship in cooperation with current physical therapy directives of client. This is not a recreational riding program.DauphinCapital Area Therapeutic Riding AssociationCapital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc.
    Crooked Fence Farm Therapeutic Horse Riding CenterOffers custom tailored riding programs for persons with mental health disabilities as well as regular riding lessons, showing and training of horses.IndianaTherapeutic Horse Riding CenterCrooked Fence Farm
    Double Rainbow Farm Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Facility, Inc.A facility to empower the body, mind, and spirit for persons of all ages and abilities using equine-assisted activities.WarrenDouble Rainbow Farm Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Facility, Inc.Double Rainbow Farm Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Facility, Inc.
    Equi-librium, Inc. Therapeutic RidingOffers educational therapeutic riding, therapeutic carriage/cart driving, hippotherapy, equine experiential learning, and an inclusive summer camp. Services for children through seniors with physical, developmental and/or emotional and social disabilities.NorthamptonEqui-librium, Inc.Equi-librium, Inc.
    Equines for Freedom-PTSD TherapyEFF uses one of the most effective treatments available; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which offers clients a nontraditional approach to therapy. This therapy combines a licensed mental health professional, a certified equine specialist, and a therapy horse to create a research-based treatment model which strives to resolve emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences. The horse is an integral part of treatment because horses are prey animals and therefore are extremely alert and sensitive to the emotions of those around them. Clients learn to identify their own emotional state by observing the horse’s reactions. The horse also helps the client stay grounded as they process past traumas.WyomingEquines for Freedom-PTSD TherapyEquines for Freedom
    Equine TherapyEquine therapy, also known as equine- assisted therapy model or EAP, is a treatment that includes equine activities or an equine environment to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in persons with a myriad of afflictions from anxiety and depression to dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), genetic syndromes such as Down syndrome and more. It is also beneficial for treating patients who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries or those who’ve experienced abuse and drug and alcohol addiction.LackawannaMarley's Mission IncorporatedMarley's Mission Incorporated
    Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding - Equestrian TherapyEquine assisted activities and learning program includes horseback riding, ground/unmounted lessons, clinics. Training for all volunteer positions: sidewalking, horse leading, grooming, barn care, etc. Riding Programs include: - Equine assisted activities program; six 6 week sessions from February to December - Summer fun days for youth 14 and younger and Summer fun evenings for adults - Annual horse show - School programs - Riding lessons include private, semi-private and groupLancasterGreystone Manor Therapeutic Riding CenterGreystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center
    Hope on Horseback - Equine Therapeutic ServicesOffers therapeutic horseback riding to physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, ASD and ADHD, at-risk youth, cancer patients and survivors. We also provide opportunities for veterans to learn to ride in a safe and healthy environment and share that activity with other family members. Therapeutic riding increases not only physical strength and health, but increases self-confidence and self-esteem while reducing stress and anxiety. For our veterans it also provides camaraderie and an opportunity to develop a social network of peers.ErieHope on HorsebackHope on Horseback
    Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy - Therapeutic RidingOne hour riding sessions for physically, mentally or emotionally challenged individuals (children and adults) is designed according to the rider's capabilities and goalsChester*Main Site (Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy)Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy
    Horse/Equine Therapy-Horses of HopeOffers equine therapy for people with special needs.ClintonHorses of HopeHorses of Hope, Inc
    Horse Power For Life - Equestrian Therapy ProgramEquestrian Therapy Program offers a horsemanship program is 16 weeks initially, with the opportunity to volunteer as an Assistant Instructor and remain a part of our organization after completion of the program. Lessons are taught by our Senior Instructor and Program Director and are discounted so that students will not be prevented from joining our program due to financial considerations.Upon completion of program, all participants will be competent in the following areas: halter and tack up horse/pony, use grooming equipment correctly, leading a horse/pony from left and right sides, and understanding horses and how they communicate their thoughts and emotions.Chester*Main Site (Horse Power For Life)Horse Power For Life
    Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - HippotherapyTrained therapist works with students in a controlled environment. Therapist modifies the horse's movement and carefully gives sensory input. Foundation is established to improve neurological and sensory processing.BucksIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; PerkasieIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Therapeutic DrivingProvides alternative horse-riding activity. Improves upper body strength and balance, hand-eye-coordination, attention span, spatial awareness, and sequencing skills. BucksIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; PerkasieIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Therapeutic RidingFocuses on forming a partnership with the horse. Allows client's brain to practice correct walking movement patterns, giving not only the muscles an opportunity to experience the motion, but also the vestibular system as well.BucksIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center - Bucks; PerkasieIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    Leg Up Farm, Inc.Therapy services: •Physical therapy •Occupational therapy •Speech therapy •Therapeutic horseback riding, and •Nutritional services. Educational programs: •Matthew's Town Social networking: •Group therapy for kids and adults Caregiver support: •Respite services, support groups Community collaboration: •Youth programs •Summer Camps YorkLeg Up Farm, Inc.Leg Up Farm, Inc.
    Loving Reins - Equine Assisted LearningEquine assisted learning for children, adults and groupsDauphinLoving ReinsLoving Reins
    Making STRIDES - Equestrian TherapyMaking STRIDES is a hippotherapy/therapeutic riding program. Hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a tool for rehabilitating impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction. Treatments focus on the naturally incorporated healthy body movement, exercise, relaxation, and are found to impact the whole person socially, emotionally, mentally and physically in a positive manner. Treatment is delivered by a licensed, credentialed physical therapist in conjunction with a professional horse handler and a specially screened and trained therapy horse.ChesterMAKING STRIDESMaking STRIDES
    Melmark - Ancillary Services and Healthcare SupportMelmark provides a range of medical and healthcare services, including 24-hour nursing, as well as ancillary services supported by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Whatever healthcare issues arise, Melmark is prepared to address them comprehensively and completely. Melmark staff recognize the important relationship between social development, recreational, and athletic activities. Well equipped for a variety of activities, Melmark facilities include a multi-service recreation center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, interactive playgrounds, a large gymnasium, and state-of- the-art physical, occupational, music, art, and speech therapy areas. These provide individuals the space in which to move, have fun, learn, and play. Our 80-acre campus allows for a variety of outdoor learning activities such as gardening, therapeutic horseback riding (Hippotherapy) in outdoor and indoor arenas, and many athletic activities. In addition, residents visit the surrounding community regularly for shopping, exercise, and entertainment. Campus-Based Ancillary Services: Speech & language therapy. Occupational therapy & multi-sensory integration. Physical therapy. Rehabilitation and recovery centers. Therapeutic horseback riding (in coordination with OT & PT). Animal-assisted activities. Adaptive physical education. Aquatics instruction and recreation. Music instruction and performance. The Multi-disciplinary Team: Certified special education teachers. Board-certified behavior analysts. Licensed clinical psychologists. Licensed clinical social workers. Licensed PT, OT, and speech therapists. Master’s and doctoral-level therapists. Registered nurses and certified nurse practitioner. Physicians dental, vision, audiology, and podiatry specialists on- site weekdays; on-call 24 hours. Psychiatric and psychological services. Feeding and nutrition specialists.Chester*Main Site (Melmark)Melmark
    Nickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding CenterImproves the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses. Teaches children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses. Therapeutic riding includes both mounted and ground sessions. It uses equestrian goals to improve daily life situations.WestmorelandNickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding CenterNickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center
    Pegasus Riding Academy - Therapeutic Horseback RidingPegasus Riding Academy, Inc. provides therapeutic riding services that are overseen by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) instructors certified in therapeutic riding. Currently we work with riders ranging in ages from 18 months old (early intervention) to 85 years old (stroke recovery). We work with many different disabilities. We have riders here working on physical, intellectual, emotional & behavioral disabilities. Therapeutic riding is unique and uses the movement of the horse to facilitate treatment. The horse and its movement closely resemble a human gait because it is three dimensional, repeatable and helps the brain and muscle groups to learn to work together. It also stimulates the rider’s brain and neurological system to help riders with developmental delays, socialization skills and disorders such as Autism. PhiladelphiaPegasus Riding Academy Inc - Philadelphia; Northeast PhiladelphiaPegasus Riding Academy
    Penn State Cooperative Extension & Outreach - BerksPenn State Extension program teams continually gathers input from stakeholders and customers to ensure we are working to find timely, research-based solutions in the following priority areas: 4-H Youth Development, Agronomy, Animal Systems, Poultry, Livestock, Equine, Dairy, Business Management, Community & Economic Development, Shale Gas, Food, Families & Health, Food Safety & Quality, Commercial Tree and Small Fruit, Green Industry, Fruit, Vegetable, Master Gardener Program. BerksPenn State Cooperative Extension & Outreach - BerksPenn State Cooperative Extension - Berks
    Penn State Cooperative Extension & Outreach - Lancaster- Agriculture: Dairy, poultry, livestock, horticulture, farm safety, agronomy, ag economic development - West Nile Virus Program - Master Gardening Program - Family Living: Strong Women, strength training program - Better Kid Care: A training and resource program for childcare providers. DPW training credits are earned through this program. Fee $5-10. - Nutrition: food irradiation, foods and nutrition, home canning and freezing, food safety information, food safety training for volunteer groups. - Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP): for low-income families - SuperCupboard Nutrition Program. - My New Weight of Life: an 11 week weight management program designed to re-educate participants on their eating habits for permanent weight loss. - 4-H and Youth Development Eligibility: Members, from 8 to 18 years before January 1; Leaders, adult volunteers interested in sharing time and talents with youth - Special Programs: Therapeutic Riding Seeing Eye Dog Project Areas: - Animal sciences: livestock, horse, small animals, poultry - Consumer and Family Sciences: textile science, food and nutrition, intergenerational, family living, consumer and financial issues - Science and Technology: engineering sciences - Environmental and Earth Sciences: forest/natural resources, plant sciences, entomology - International and Diversity - Communication and Expressive Arts: theater arts - Leisure Education: health, shooting sports - Leadership and Personal Development: youth/adult - Citizenship LancasterPenn State Cooperative Extension & Outreach - LancasterPenn State Cooperative Extension - Lancaster County
    Quest Therapeutic Services - HippotherapyAt Quest Therapeutic Services, we infuse our extensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy expertise into a unique form of treatment called hippotherapy. This type of therapy uses our well-trained horses as part of an overall treatment program to improve your child’s gross motor, fine motor, and communication skills. More than just horseback riding, hippotherapy uses the rhythmic and repetitive movements of a horse to increase your child’s posture, balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. The many textures, sounds, sights, and movement experiences of working around a horse provide an enriched sensory environment. Not only does your child gain from the physical benefits of being on a moving horse, but they reap the emotional and social rewards of interacting with a horse. With guidance from a therapist, a horse can be a strong motivator for a child to speak and move, making hippotherapy an effective, comprehensive, and fun treatment approach. Quest Therapeutic Services is the premier hippotherapy center serving Pennsylvania and Delaware. We are long-standing members of the American Hippotherapy Association and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). As a NARHA Premier Accredited Center, we adhere to all NARHA safety guidelines and provide direct hands-on participation with your child at all times. Parents and relatives are always encouraged to be active participants in the overall treatment plan.Chester*Main Site (Quest Therapeutic Services)Quest Therapeutic Services
    Quest Therapeutic Services - Therapeutic Riding ProgramQuest Therapeutic Services provides a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program for children with a range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social special needs. Therapeutic riding is a life-long, interactive recreational activity. Many children develop meaningful relationships and a sense of independence and responsibility that can last a lifetime. Similar to swimming, therapeutic riding strengthens muscles and improves posture and endurance. It differs from our hippotherapy program, which utilizes the skills of a therapist to achieve specific therapy goals. The goal of therapeutic riding is to teach adapted riding skills. Our NARHA certified instructors provide specialized, adaptive teaching methods that allow children to learn horsemanship skills both on and off the horse. Our year-round sessions are conducted either privately or in a group format, allowing for socialization in a peer setting.Chester*Main Site (Quest Therapeutic Services)Quest Therapeutic Services
    Rainbow RidersProvides equine assisted programs including riding lessons held from late April through mid October with trained and certified instructors. Also offers a year-round farmers program where disabled can help care for sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, horses and ponies. Staff are composed of volunteer adults and youth. As riders develop their skills, they experience a true sense of freedom and achievement, receiving a tremendous boost to their self-esteem.BradfordRainbow RidersRainbow Riders
    Restoration Youth RanchA facility that works with children and their families, using horses and a ranch environment. WarrenRestoration Youth RanchRestoration Youth Ranch
    Sebastian Riding Associates - Therapeutic and Educational ProgramSebastian's therapeutic program includes children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities. The focus of our program is a safe, fun and healthy approach to growth and rehabilitation through equine activities and riding. Offering much more than the traditional riding program, we strive to achieve physical development, socialization and learning through fun activities. We build balance and symmetry, increase reach and range of motion, develop speech and language, thought processes, planning and sequencing. At Sebastian, we instill a great sense of success, confidence and accomplishment in our riders. Not only do Sebastian students learn to ride, they groom, tack and care for their horses. We use quiet and trained horses to meet our riders' needs. We use special equipment, and provide ASTM-SEI approved helmets with our riders' safety paramount in all of our activities. Sebastian offers individual lessons so we can best meet the individual needs of our riders.MontgomerySebastian Riding Associates - Montgomery; CollegevilleSebastian Riding Associates
    Shining Stars Therapeutic RidingMission: To provide a means of Therapy using horses, to help people with Special Needs, including physical, learning, social and emotional disabilities. Therapeutic riding Sunday School type program Equine assisted learning programs for small groups of 4th, 5th and 6th graders using non- riding horse activities to boost character skills. Saturday Evening respite 6-8 PM includes dinner and is a free service to give caregivers a break.YorkShining Stars Therapeutic RidingFreedom Valley Worship Center
    Shining Stars Therapeutic RidingEquine Assisted Activities and Therapies such as Therapeutic Riding/Driving Summer camp is for ages 7 to 14, and includes foster kids, children from single-parent homes and blended families.
    Respite night every saturday evening 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Summer Horse camps give young people a unique opportunity to lean about the love and hope God gives through horses.
    AdamsShining Stars Therapeutic Riding Program Inc.Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Program Inc.
    Somerset Therapeutic Association for Riding STAREquestrian therapy.SomersetSomerset Therapeutic Association for Riding STARSomerset Therapeutic Association for Riding
    Special Equestrians - Therapeutic Riding ProgramTherapeutic riding lessons are conducted by nationally certified instructors and are tailored to each client's needs. Benefits include: increased tone, range of motion, and endurance; improved speech, behavior, and social skills; and safe, unique, educational fun for children over 3 with almost any disability.BucksSpecial Equestrians - Bucks; WarringtonSpecial Equestrians
    SunnyBrook Meadows Therapeutic RidingProvide therapeutic riding activities for adults and children with special needs. therapeutic activities are used to accomplish the goals recommended by the therapist. Targeted areas may include:
    • Improving balance
    • Eye/hand coordination
    • Ability to follow directions
    • Communication skills
    • Social interaction
    • Attention and visual skills
    They are equipped with a lift to assist non-ambulatory riders onto the horse.
    LycomingSunnyBrook Meadows Therapeutic RidingSunnyBrook Meadows
    Therapeutic Horseback RidingTherapeutic Horseback Riding Participants will learn the actual skills of riding a horse. Each riding session includes grooming and putting equipment on the horse and a riding lesson.FranklinPenn State Cooperative Extension - Franklin CountyPenn State Cooperative Extension - South Central
    Therapeutic Riding EOS Therapeutic Riding CenterEquestrian TherapyColumbiaTherapeutic RidingEOS Therapeutic Riding Center
    Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center (TREC)Provides activities for individuals with special needs with equine assisted activities.ErieTherapeutic Riding Equestrian Center (TREC)Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center (TREC)
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Adaptive Sports ProgramThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides grants for adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. Special Events of the program include:
    • Creative Arts Festival,
    • Golden Age Games,
    • Summer Sports Clinic,
    • Training-Exposure-Experience (TEE) Tournament,
    • Valor Games,
    • Wheelchair Games,
    • Winter Sports Clinic.
    For detailed information on these events, please visit website. In addition to the programs above, Pennsylvania grant recipients are: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326 For: Therapeutic Equine Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation, Inc. 10914 Clay Lick Road Mercersburg, PA 17236 For: Skiing, Snowboarding
    United States Department of Veterans AffairsUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped AssociationProviding therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities in Venango County and surrounding areas of NWPA.VenangoVenango Area Riding for the Handicapped AssociationVenango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association

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