Care, Compassion, Concern <br> for all living things
Equine Therapy

The Grace Foundation is proud to offer "Ride and Shine at Grace" therapeutic horseback riding lessons and other equine assisted activities for those with special needs. Therapeutic riding promotes physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth in individuals with a diversity of mental and physical challenges. Riders range in age from 3 years old through their senior years.

Instructors are certified through NARHA, a training and certification organization for horse-related therapeutic programs in the U.S. All lessons are supervised and assisted by trained horse leaders and side walkers.

Following individualized treatment plans developed by the instructors, riders participate in special activities both on and off the horse that address their areas of need.

Physical activities target:

  • Flexibility
  • Balance, and coordination
  • Developing muscle strength
  • Improving fine and gross motor skills        

 Cognitive activities help:

  • Increase focus and memory
  • Improve the ability to follow directions and make a plan
  • Increase vocabulary development 

Emotional gains are made by:

  • Improving self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Control over anger and anxiety and by fostering success       

Social growth is inevitable as riders interact with their therapeutic team as well as other riders and individuals at the ranch. Listening and speaking skills improve which translates into more confident communication.

Populations successfully served by therapeutic riding include those coping with:

  • Autism, Asperger’s and other PDD disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Downs Syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Learning disabilities
  • PTSD
  • Apert Syndrome developmental delays and many other impairments        

Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization * Tax ID #52-2444981
916-941-0800 * 5800 Latigo Ln. El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762 * Mailing Address: PO Box 4692, El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762
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