Therapeutic Riding



   The Potomac Horse Center offers therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with a wide range of physical, cognitive challenges including mild to profound developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory integrative dysfunction, attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity, speech and language impairment, pervasive developmental disabilities, autism, Asperger syndrome, hyperlexia, microcephaly with multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy, hypotnia, tactile hypersensitivity, ataxia, dyspraxia, vision impairment/blindness, multiple sclerosis, and Angelman's syndrome.

   Instructor Nancy Heller - a Certified Therapeutic Instructor registered with the North Atlantic Riding for the Handicapped Association, with the outstanding help of many trained volunteers, offers lessons that impart riding skills even as they emphasize individually designed long-term goals and weekly objectives.

   Therapeutic riders learn at their own pace, with as much -- or as little -- help as they need. All make great progress in a number of the following areas:

  • Self-esteem

  • Independence
  • Receptive and expressive language skills
  • Attention span
  • Postural alignment
  • Normalization of muscle tone
  • Balance
  • Fine and gross-motor coordination
  • Proprioception
  • Directionality
  • Sequencing
  • Motor planning
  • Social awareness and interaction
  • Behavioral and emotional control; impulse control
  • Sensory Integration

   We carefully select and train our wonderful horses to meet our riders' need. All the therapeutic mounts are calm and well behaved, truly generous in spirit, and each provides a specific type of therapeutic input.


The Gazette Newspapers:

Therapeutic riding brings calm to students and parents

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006

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View Our Therapeutic Program Informational flyer