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 HORSEBACK RIDING
Our primary program 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…
SIRE’s Military Program
In Horses for Armed Forces, riders can participate in any of SIRE’s offerings noted here, either integrated into our general population, individually, or grouped with other military riders depending upon the preference of the client…
Programs Under Development
THERAPEUTIC CARRIAGE DRIVING
Our driving program gives participants a riding alternative, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, allergies, asthma, fear of heights, the inability to sit astride, or other issues…
Vaulting is similar to gymnastics on horseback.is comparable to gymnastics on horseback. These riders benefit from improved balance, coordination, greater gravitational security, enhanced ability to locate where they are in space, and improved memory sequencing…
Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship
The physical and emotional benefits of horseback riding have been known for several hundred years.
The movement of the horse provides sensory stimulation to the body and brain of the rider that affects a variety of muscle groups.
Improved muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development, and emotional and psychological well being, as well as sport, recreational, and educational benefits.
Include building self-esteem and confidence while developing feelings of self-reliance, control and accomplishments.
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
Bethesda Lutheran Home
Dow Chemical Company
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.