- Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT)
- Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA)
- Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL)
- ROCK On Veterans
- STAR Program – Instructors in Training
- School Programs (EAL)
- Competition Horse Shows
- Summer Camp (EAL)
- TAMUS Courtney Cares Equine Therapeutic Program
- Research in Partnership with Institutions of Higher Learning
- H.O.P.E. (Horses Offering People Enrichment)
Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT)
Also known as hippotherapy, EAT is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes the dynamic movement of the horse to achieve therapy goals. This type of treatment is effective because the gentle, rhythmic movement of the horse simulates human walking. The term hippotherapy comes from the Greek work “Hippo” which means horse.
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Weakness
- Speech / Language impairment
- Spinal Cord injury / impairment
- Visual impairment
What are the Benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy?
- Improved muscle strength
- Increased flexibility
- Increased fine motor skills
- Improved communication
- Awareness of one’s body in space (proprioception)
- Improved range of motion
Equine Assisted Activities (EAA)
Also known as Therapeutic Horsemanship, EAA is designed to teach horsemanship and riding skills to individuals with special needs, with the goal of increasing functional life skills. Lessons are taught by PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructors.
Individuals who may have:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Delay
- Downs Syndrome
- Hearing and Vision Impairment
- Learning Disabilities
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
What Are the Benefits of Equine Assisted Activities?
- Improvement in cognitive skills
- Improvement in social skills
- Improvement in behavioral skills
- Increased emotional well-being
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased balance, motor control, and coordination
Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL)
ROCK On Veterans
ROCK On Veterans offers co-ed and women only programs for veterans and active duty service members, as well as programs for veteran families, partnering participants with horses and veteran volunteers. Meals are served during the Monday and Tuesday evening classes to build comradery and expand the ROCK On Veterans community. Learn more about our ROCK On Veterans program here.
STAR Program – Instructors in Training
ROCK’s STAR (Student Teachers Aspiring to be Registered) program is a 20-week intensive learning program that offers instruction and hands-on experience to prepare participants interested in pursuing certification through PATH Intl. as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. To request more information email Devon@rockride.org.
School Programs (EAL)
Through partnerships with local school districts, ROCK is able to create connections with the horse and facilitate learning between diverse student populations through equine-assisted learning (EAL) programming.
Competition Horse Shows
ROCK students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions and horse shows throughout the year! Competition opportunities include Regional and State Special Olympics and the Star of Texas Gold Stirrup Horse Show and other local competitions.
Summer Camps (EAL)
ROCK offers summer camps full of fun and learning about the horse during the month of July for children with disabilities, children of veterans and service members, and at-risk youth.
Summer camps are held at ROCK during the month of July each year.
Please check our Summer Camp Brochure for more information. (coming soon)
Registration begins in the spring. (Date: TBD)
New Clients must complete the online client application (https://rockride.org/client-app) and this camp application.
New client registration fee of $25 is payable with application.
A new client screening is required with a fee of $35 (to be scheduled).
Family Discount – First participant is full price, each additional family member will receive a $25 discount.
Challengers Camp – Ages 16 +
ROCK’s Challengers Camp will provide a social experience in a camp setting for young adults. Activities include: horse care, arena riding activities, classroom projects and group game opportunities. All recreation activities focus on the goals and objectives of our campers and promote increased independence in leisure settings. This therapeutic recreation program is directed by a Certified Recreation Therapist.
Campers will bring their own lunches. Caregivers must remain on site during camp.
Pony Tails Camp – Ages 4-8
ROCK’s Pony Tails Camp is a fun day camp experience for clients ages 4-8 with developmental disabilities. The camp activities will include riding time along with developmental games, horse care, arts and crafts and group games. Curriculum will include a combination of horsemanship, sensorimotor and social skills activities each day.
Caregivers must remain on site during camp.
Competition Camp – Ages 8 +
ROCK’s Competition Camp is for those that signed up to attend show season 2017-2018. This camp will prepare riders for next year’s shows by working on equitation, trail patterns, and showmanship. This camp is offered on Tuesday/Thursday and limited to 6 clients per session. ROCK will host an in-house horse show on Saturday at the end of camp week.
Campers please bring your own snack.
Horse Tails Camp – Ages 9-16
ROCK’s Horse Tails Camp is a fun day camp experience for clients ages 9 – 16 with developmental disabilities. The camp activities will include riding time along with developmental games, horse care, arts and crafts and group games. Curriculum will include a combination of horsemanship, sensorimotor and social skills activities each day.
Caregivers must remain on site during camp.
Sibling Camp – Ages 8-12
ROCK’s Sibling Camp provides an opportunity for the siblings of our riders to experience the fun of “riding at ROCK”, as well as explore the unique challenges of having a relative with special needs.
The curriculum will include riding skills instruction.
Sibling Camp is open to brothers and sisters, grand-children and cousins of current ROCK clients.
For questions or information on camps, please contact Kristin Witcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-930-7625 ext. 315
Camp Courage – Information Coming Soon!
For more information on this camp or the ROCK On Veterans Therapeutic Horsemanship Program for Service Members and Veterans offered throughout the year at ROCK, call 512-930-7625 x311 or email email@example.com
TAMUS Courtney Cares Equine Therapeutic Program
In 2012, ROCK began partnering with Texas A&M University System to provide the staff, knowledge, and expertise in equine-assisted activities and therapies for this program in College Station, Texas. Learn more at CourtneyCares.org.
Research in Partnership with Institutions of Higher Learning
ROCK is fulfilling our vision to be the trusted leader in equine-assisted activities through service, research, and higher learning by collaborating with universities to conduct research to document the effectiveness of equine-assisted activities and therapies. Click here to view our published research.
H.O.P.E. (Horses Offering People Enrichment)
ROCK provides educational and intern support to this non-profit EAAT program serving children with special needs in Beijing, China founded by Dr. Priscilla Lightsey. Learn more at hopebeijing.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.