Our therapy department employs licensed physical and occupational therapists who treat clients on an individual basis. A doctor’s prescription for physical therapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT) is mandatory and clients should schedule about one hour for their visit, which includes an initial evaluation and consultation and the development of an appropriate treatment plan. A client’s treatment strategy includes hippotherapy or equine movement for core strengthening, motor control, balance reactions and developmental sequencing that demand constant sensory input and modulation/integration of this input. The combination of movements serves to facilitate postural and motor control reactions in clients with mild to severe impairments or multiple disabilities. Our therapists work with each client to evaluate and modify the client’s response to achieve functional goals.
Adaptive Riding/Therapeutic Horsemanship
Clients are encouraged to perform horsemanship activities directed toward functional goals. Partaking in various activities offers stimulation to muscle groups they may not utilize, problem solving, increased communication opportunities and social and sensory integration. These sessions incorporate horsemanship skills, which can be on the ground and/or mounted activities in a private class or small groups of two to three students. Lessons consist of a wide variety of cognitive and physical games, challenges and sequencing that are created by our therapeutic riding instructors, with information offered by parents, social workers or teachers, for the client’s individual needs.
Sports Riding clients train to control the horse and ride to the best of his/her ability. The sports riding classes instruct and condition individuals to be true equestrians and embrace all aspects of the equine world. Clients work toward knowledge in their ability to care, groom, tack, ground handle and warm-up horses. Their instruction may include riding, the walk, trot, sitting trot, posting trot, two point, group games and the canter or jumps.
Equine Services for Heroes
The program accommodates service members who have been injured and strives to nurture the mind and body through both the physically healing movement of the horse and emotional interaction. Lesson components may consist of a variety of activities both on and off the horse.
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2017! Veterans may apply to participate at a drastically discounted fee due to a generous grant through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Space is limited and some restrictions apply. Please call 636.464.3408 or email email@example.com for additional information on 2017 enrollment.
Clients engage in activities that support comprehensive care and handling of equines and activities that are necessary and useful regarding safety procedures for equine interaction. Lessons address equine behavior, communication, grooming, equipment, leading, health, handling and overall basic equine management. Horses are beings with feelings, thoughts, emotions, memories and empathetic abilities and are highly social animals within their herd dynamics and interaction with humans. Social interaction open areas for communication for self-discovery and develops character skills designed around essential components relating to the field of equine assisted activities and therapies. Relationships between client and horse, client and instructor, and client and volunteer/s are formed to promote care and responsibility while gaining the fundamental knowledge of the equestrian world.
Sensational Summer Camp 2017
Those invited to attend our camps include new clients, continuing clients, those with developmental, physical or cognitive challenges, as well as able-bodied children who are interested in learning about horses and riding in a welcoming and positive environment. Siblings and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Ride On St. Louis’ Sensational Summer Camp an inclusive day camp open to all children 6 years and older. Camp activities include daily riding lessons, instruction in grooming and tacking, horsemanship and barn safety activities, bathing and horse care, exploration of horse anatomy, coloring, and breed, arts and crafts, games, yoga, and a horse show demonstration at the end of each camp for families and friends to attend. During camp, participants will utilize all of their senses to explore the sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and movement that is inherent to learning about horses and riding.
Camp is $350 per week per camper. ($25 discount for families enrolling more than one child). $50 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Full payment is due by June 15th. Early bird pricing at $275 ends June 17th.
Campers must bring their own lunch and beverage each day. Water is available on site. Please wear long pants for riding (no nylon), hard soled boots or sneakers. All children attending must have independent bathroom skills and be able to care for and feed him/herself or have a caregiver in attendance for assistance. Please note, ROSL is not able to administer medications. Please return all necessary forms (Client Assessment, Medical History and Physician Statement, Parent Handbook, Release Form and Seizure Liability Release, if applicable) to ROSL by June 15, 2017. Forms may be found here.
ROSL uses safety stirrup irons, peacock or Devonshire boots, for all clients. It is suggested that all clients follow these guidelines. Sports Riding clients MUST wear appropriate riding attire that includes closed toe shoes with a heel, preferably a riding boot, and long pants that do not bind. ASTM-SEI approved protected helmets are required for all clients while mounted or driving. Helmets that are not ASTM-SEI approved for equestrian use must meet the PATH Guidelines for Alternative Helmet Use.
When choosing a center…
1. Do the center and instructors hold certifications? (PATH, EFMHA, AHA, etc)
2. Does the center partner with universities and physicians?
3. Do the instructors have previous “professional” equine experience (training, what kind, with whom, how much)?
4. Is there a physical, occupational or speech therapist on staff for therapy or consultation?
5. Are the horses rested and used no more than 3 consecutive classes (2 classes for therapy)? Are the horses physically and mentally conditioned on a regular schedule?
6. Are volunteers trained, certified and retrained each year?
7. Is someone on the premise trained in CPR?
8. Does the staff participate in continuing education programs?
9. Are the lesson plans or progress notes kept and available to the clients?
10. Are the goals for each client discussed?
11. Do they have liability insurance?
12. Is the stable kept clean and free of tools or hazards?