Trax Equestrian Center is a year round facility offering a unique horse back riding program that coordinates physical and emotional therapy into a one-of-a-kind experience.The program is overseen by a licensed speech pathologist and occupational therapist. The goals of the program are to achieve increased balance, and control, and improved language and socialization skill while enhancing self esteem. The therapist designs each participants lesson plan based on individual needs. The rhythmic movement of the horse gently moves the rider's body forward and back, side to side and up and down. The rider learns to balance and uses core muscle groups without even trying. Riding challenge and impacts the entire body, working every muscle group, oxygenating the blood and stimulating the nervous system in a healthy way.
The program offers weekly one hour or thirty minutes sessions. The session can include up to 45 minutes of riding under the supervision of a trained riding instructor as well as up to three volunteers who lead the horse and help support the rider. Participants are encouraged to interact with the horses by learning to care for them. Just being around the horses has a calming effect on most people, improving physical and mental organization. During the riding session, activities are used that focus on developing motor skills, dynamic movement and facilitating speech and language. The excitement of mastering new skills, caring for the horse and social interaction with other riders, volunteers and staff are all vital components in the success of the participants in the Trax Program .
Participants must be a minimum of 4 years old and have clearance from a medical doctor.
The first step to entering the program is to reap and complete our "application packet". The packet can be downloaded at:
Application Packet (434 KB)