HRET is designed to improve the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans. We are an Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies Program (EAAT) and our director and instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.
HRET offers a variety of skill appropriate classes meeting the needs of preschoolers on our ponies to independent riders on our program safe horses. We create individual skill appropriate lesson plans to meet the needs and goals of each rider as we know that one class does not fit all! We are not just a short pony ride! With hour-long sessions, we strive to create personal lessons with specialized goals to help each participant reach their full potential.
Our staff and volunteers are chosen for their compassionate hearts and desire to serve people with all abilities and backgrounds, veterans, and all other participants in our program. They undergo training to provide a safe, welcoming, and helpful experience for all our participants.
We have pony classes and horse classes!
We feel that our longer classes allow our participants to fully experience all the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social benefits of equine therapy and allows riders to bond with their horses and teammates. Physical benefits are obtained as the horse moves the rider’s body in a similar way to a human gait and games are played that encourage movement and strengthening. Connections and bonds can be formed with nonjudgmental horses that allows riders to feel safe and gain confidence. This bond can then extend to their team, other riders, and to people outside of the arena. Horseback riding also requires focus, processing, and execution of commands which can be beneficial for people with ADD/ADHD, and learning or processing delays. These are just a few examples and research continues to support and find new benefits that are obtained through EAAT. The best part is that all of these benefits do not just occur in the arena, but also continue to be experienced outside of the arena.
"He has clearcut goals that he's working on. He is not only riding the horse but he's also doing brushing, grooming, really taking care of the horse."
Program and Rider Director
“My horse taught me to walk”