There's a very special connection that a horse and other animals are able to make where many other conventional methods fail.
- Tom Goodspeed
Helping on Horseback Inc. also offers horesmanship programs designed to offer the gift of horses to various youth organizations within our community. Horses are an amazing vehicle for building responsibility, self-esteem and leadership qualities throughout the formative years. HOH is in the process of building relations with local schools and youth organizations in an effort to further develop these programs.
HOH offers a therapeutic riding program that is a proven method of bolstering psychological morale. Horses are a wonderful bridge in reaching participants that have not responded to other more traditional methods of therapy. HOH is building relations with various programs being offered in the greater Irving/Dallas area, seeking to build strong relationships with representatives of programs that are appropriate for this experience. We will work with the program representatives to help create the most effective and rewarding experience for the participiants.
How it Works
July 11, 2013
Horses provide a unique neuromuscular stimulation when being ridden through their one of a kind movement. Horses move in a rhythmic motion that mimics the human movement of walking...
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding Programs
September 24, 2012
Although parents like Anderson have long reported the benefits of therapeutic riding on children with autism, a new quantitative study conducted by researchers in the William & Mary School of Education is the first to show that those benefits also extend to the classroom setting...
- William & Mary University
Equine-assisted Activites and Therapies
The benefits of animal-assisted activities and therapies have been recognized for a long time, but the specific benefits of interacting with horses may be less well known...
- Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)
Articles & Resources
HOH is proud to be affiliated with:
The Profesioanl Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs ().
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilites and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals (www.easterseals.com).