Programs

 

Therapeutic Riding

Our therapeutic riding lessons teach horseback riding skills to individuals with disabilities. Physical benefits include improved muscle tone, gait, balance and posture. Cognitive skills increase through following directions and sequencing.

To learn more about the benefits of therapeutic riding, visit www.pathintl.org.

Rider forms (click on link below) may be submitted online, by fax or by mail. All rider forms, except for the physician form, must be submitted in order to be placed on the waiting list.

Once a place becomes available, potential riders will be invited for an evaluation ride. The physician form must be completed and submitted prior to the evaluation ride.

Therapeutic riding lessons are $60 per lesson and riders register per session.


Hippotherapy

Simple Changes’ hippotherapy program is run by a licensed physical therapist and uses the movement of the horse to facilitate treatment. Individual client sessions are conducted by a licensed occupational or physical therapist.

For more information about our hippotherapy program contact us at simplechanges@hotmail.com or 703.402.3613

To learn more about the benefits of hippotherapy, visit www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org.


Equine-Assisted Learning

Equine-assisted learning is defined by PATH Intl. as an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Current clients include groups from Brain Injury Services and seniors experiencing dementia from Goodwin House of Alexandria.

Wellness, social connectedness and self-efficacy are explored in a safe space. We work with groups to determine goals and develop learning experiences such as memory, self-esteem, appropriate behavior and coping skills. Staff then generates equine-assisted learning interventions that address these goals and experiences, such as grooming for connection, mindful leading and team building activities.

Contact us at simplechanges@hotmail.com for more information and rates.

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Rider Forms

Lorton Location Forms

Catlett Location Forms