What We Do

SIRE serves adults and children with a wide variety of disabilities including, but not limited to cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Through equine-assisted activities and therapies, our riders experience the many benefits of therapeutic horsemanship described below.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Activites

Horseback riding helps riders meet developmental, social, physical or intellectual or a mixture of these goals. Instructors certified to teach riding to people with disabilities or other special needs tailor our therapeutic horseback riding program to the goals of each SIRE rider. For example, a client may want to improve her balance and walking speed, work on issues of empathy and self-control, or work on improving memory…

THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING takes advantage of the movement of the horse while teaching clients traditional horsemanship skills. Instructors certified to teach riding to people with disabilities or other special needs tailor sessions and semesters to the needs and goals of each SIRE rider. Riders’ goals may be developmental, social, physical or intellectual or a mixture of all these.For example, a client may want to improve her balance and walking speed, to work on issues of empathy or self-control, or to work on improving memory.

Horsemanship is more than riding! For many participants working with the horse through grooming, tacking and leading can be a source of great therapeutic benefit. These activities teach empathy, sequencing, emotional control, and more.

At the end of each semester, instructors summarize progress made toward each rider’s goals. SIRE instructors not only customize riding sessions to meet therapeutic-style goals, but also help riders meet personal sport-related goals. Many riders participate in the Houston Rodeo and Special Olympics as part of their program, building confidence, physical ability, and independence.

 

Thank you, to our friends at Inspiring Hands for offering Ridership for SIRE families in financial need.
This past year inspiring hands awarded over $20,000 scholarships for Therapeutic Riding and Special Needs Camp attendance.
Awards are giving in May 2018 for the 2018-19 Riding year.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 RIDERSHIP OPENS NOVEMBER 1 and goes until March 15. 

Make sure to apply early as there is paperwork for SIRE to fill out on your behalf as well.
For more information or to apply  visit the inspiring Hands website at http://inspiringhands.org/riderships/

 

Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Forms & Information

Payments

Tuition is to be paid at the beginning of the semester.A monthly payment plan may be arranged by contacting Laura Sartwelle at (281) 356-7588 x 204.

Once the registration forms are received, you will be contacted to set up an appointment for your evaluation. Please review the list of contraindications in the packet. If the client has one or more of these conditions, therapeutic riding may not be recommended. Please call if you have any questions concerning these contraindications.

Finally, upon completion of the evaluation, the client will be assigned a riding time or placed on a waiting list. We will be able to

place clients more quickly if they are flexible with time and location preferences. Another limit on our ability to offer ride times is availability of volunteers. Please let friends and family know of your interest and SIRE’s willingness to train potential volunteers.

If it becomes necessary to place a client on a waiting list, you will be contacted when a riding time becomes available. There will be a $90.00 enrollment fee which is due once the client is placed in a class.

Our Community Partners

Richmond State Supported Living Center

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Lone Star College School of Nursing

Wounded Warrior Project

The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, department of Occupational Therapy

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Special Olympics

Avondale House

Bethesda Lutheran Home

Aldine ISD

Klein ISD

Tomball ISD

Waller ISD

Dow Chemical Company

Comcast

Grace Fellowship Church

Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department

Opportunities for professionals and volunteers

SIRE offers a full series of education and training opportunities for therapeutic riding professionals and interested volunteers. Opportunities include PATH workshops and certifications, Instructor Training Courses, and one­-day clinics on a variety of topics.
The following classes are offered throughout the year.
– SIRE instructor Training Course
– PATH International Hosted registered instructor workshops/certifications
– PATH international Hosted mentor training
For additional information or to request a registration packet, please contact Anthony Busacca at (281) 356-7588 x208 or anthonyb@sire-htec.org.

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