Hidden Acres Therapy Horses
The real magic of Equine Assisted Activities comes from our equine friends through their grace, patience, and the life lessons they bring to us.
It takes a very special horse to be a “therapy’ horse. Although each comes with their own unique personality, there are some similar traits and criteria that is needed to be accepted into the program. Most horses that do well in this role are between 10 and 20 years of age and have a solid foundation of training and experience. They should be kind and patient by nature, less reactive than the average horse, and be in good health and sound at the walk, trot and canter as their movement is especially important for riders with physical challenges.
Before serving our participants, horses are assessed to determine their potential as a therapy horse. A trial period would follow, with a training program to introduce them to their role as a therapy horse – including being on lead, having sidewalkers, the feeling of riders that may be vocal or unbalanced, and new activities items such as the basketball hoop on our Sensory Trail. A final assessment is conducted before serving riders.
In appreciation for the special gifts they provide, our horses receive the very best of care including – veterinarian, equine dentist, chiropractor, massage, saddle fitting and hoof care. This quality care takes a great deal of resources. Please contact us if you are interested in “sponsoring” a horse or you are interested in donating a horse you feel would be suitable for our program.