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THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Banbury Cross is proud to offer therapeutic riding services to children and adults with a variety of needs. Therapeutic riding has been found to improve core strength, increase flexibility, and allow participants to experience a bond with a powerful animal, while also increasing independence. Our PATH International certified and experienced instructors work hard to tailor each lesson to the individual student, while also keeping the students over-all goals in mind. Our students have reported back numerous benefits and improvements in other areas of their lives. These benefits include improvements in balance, physical strength, coordination, mobility, self-confidence, self-control, peer interaction, and social skills.

Some of the diagnosis we serve are the following: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder                

  •  ADD/ADHD

  • Developmental Delays

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Down syndrome

  • Emotional, behavioral, or mental health diagnosis

  • Head trauma/brain injury

  • Deaf and hard of hearing 

  • Orthopedic disorder

  • Visual impairment

  • Genetic conditions/disorders

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Intellectual disability

  • Stroke

  • PTSD

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Spina Bifida

Rider Requirements
 
  • Must Have Diagnosed Disability (Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, Social, etc) 

  • Must Be Over 3 Years Old 

  • Must Not Exceed 180 Pounds (For our horse's safety) 

  • Must Be Able to Complete Forms (physician statement must be signed and
    completed by a doc​tor (MD,PA or NP)

  • Must Be Able To Attend Initial Evaluation 

  • Down Syndrome: Must Have Negative Atlantoaxial Xray 

    If a perspective student does not meet these safety requirements
    they will not eligible to participate

     

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