Equine Therapeutic Learning Center
- connecting riders with special needs to horses with special gifts -
Equine Therapeutic Learning Center, a program established in 2003 by Instructor Gail Pennestri, seeks to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with emotional, physical, functional and/or cognitive needs through therapeutic horse riding and equine-assisted activities.
Whether it's a person with autism, Down Syndrome, a spinal cord injury or other disability such as an emotional challenge, research shows that individuals who participate in EAAT (Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies) can experience physical and emotional rewards.
The participants in our program gain physical and emotional benefits such as strengthening of muscles (which prevents bone weakness), building of confidence & self-esteem and improvement of balance & coordination. Further, for individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased patience and self-confidence.
From the mother of a 3 year-old rider:
“I bet you hear this all the time, but what you offer to all our kiddos is more special that words can even express…. I am amazed at how confident she has come to be as a part of this experience; this is truly a gift.”
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Winter/Spring 2013 Newsletter
Equine TLC Is a PATH center member, upholding the utmost standards for professionalism and safety in the industry. Our instructors are certified PATH therapeutic riding instructors with over 22 years of therapeutic riding instructing experience. Our fantastic volunteers bring a vast portfolio of equestrian achievements and true dedication for our riders. One even brings her own horse!
Our program has grown exponentially over the last four years and we are always looking for dedicated, caring volunteers. Training is provided for all of our volunteers. Come be part of something special!
One mother commented that her 8 year-old son’s teachers had recognized improvement during class following his equine therapy, so she brought this up to her son. “I’ve noticed you’ve been doing really well since you began horse riding”, to which Duncan replied “Mom, when I am on that horse, I feel like the person God wants me to be.”