Therapeutic Riding at Carousel
TRAC is an organization that is committed to the goal of providing safe and beneficial therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. It is our mission at TRAC to improve the well-being of our students, through equine assisted activities, by encouraging them to set goals and providing them with the motivation to achieve those goals. TRAC is a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization. TRAC is a PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center.
Therapeutic riding programs develop relationships between the individuals with special needs, the certified instructor and a special therapy horse. This creates an opportunity for individuals to reach beyond their disability through a therapeutic riding program.
Physical: The horse rhythmically and naturally moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait, improving posture, balance, and muscle control.
Mental: Improves sequential thought processing, increases the rider’s ability to articulate emotions, and develops social awareness.
Emotional: Effective in calming emotional outbursts and reinforcing appropriate behaviors. Contact with the horses and horsemanship training provides a non-competitive setting for learning.
Social: Assisted therapeutic riding nurtures a positive self-image. Individuals with disabilities are able to experience more independence. They also develop an awareness of teamwork. All riders have the ability to learn skills and participate in a recognized sport. Riders are encouraged to develop a better self-esteem, which they can take with them and use in their everyday lives.
Benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy
· Increased range of motion and muscle tone
· Improved gross and fine motor skills, balance, posture, and coordination
· Increased independence at home and school
· Increased self-esteem, due to the acquisition of skills in a recognized sport
Conditions impacted (but not limited to):
Spina Bifida Sensory Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis Emotional Disorders
Muscular Dystrophy Cerebral Palsy
Developmental Delay Down Syndrome
Programs at TRAC
TRAC lessons run in sessions. The lessons will be scheduled every hour. Each student will have a half an hour of actual riding per week. The second half of the hour will allow the student to groom and interact with the horse, as well as allow the instructor to speak with the parents and student about the lesson and to answer any questions they may have.
TRAC offers a day program that runs in sessions. The Day program is offered for school programs, at risk youth programs, counseling programs, and our Horses for Heroes program. The Day Program lessons are 2 hours long. Included in these lessons are hands on horse care, grooming and tacking, and a riding portion. There is a minimum of three students to participate.
Equine Facilitated Growth and Learning Program:
Lessons can me mounted or unmounted. This program is offered to at risk youth, hospice and bereavement groups as well as counseling programs. This program encourages participants to interact with the horses, the environment and each other. The goals for participants in this program may include self-improvement, social interaction and/or education.
Please contact the Carousel Park Equestrian Center Office for more information on our therapeutic programs.
The TRAC program is always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with our lesson program. Please go to our Forms tab,and print out our Volunteer Packet. You can then drop it off the completed application pages (or mail them in) and Carly will contact you for an orientation/training session. Once you have completed orientation, you can then begin to volunteer. Therapeutic riding lessons are scheduled Sunday through Friday. We need side walkers and leaders. As some of our students require as much as three volunteers per lesson, we are always looking for dedicated volunteers.