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.
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.
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
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.