Equine-Assisted Activities; also known as Therapeutic Horsemanship

What are Equine-Assisted Activities?

Equine-assisted activities, also known as therapeutic horsemanship, 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.

What is Applied Behavioral Analysis?

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach to teaching individuals on the Autism Spectrum or who have developmental disabilities. We reinforce certain behaviors or sets of behaviors in order to foster social, behavioral and communicative improvements in the individual. On the horse this means that we use the horse as a partner creating learning opportunities (incidental teaching) as well as a sources of reinforcement.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/applied-behavior-analysis-aba

Who Benefits?

Individuals who may have:

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Hearing and Vision Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Stroke

What Are the Benefits?

  • 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

Competition

R.O.C.K. students have to 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.