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herapeutic Riding works by involving the rider's body and mind to promote
increased self-esteem and confidence, as well as to improve posture, balance, hand-eye coordination and muscle tone.

Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscular strength.

For individuals with mental or emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased patience, trust, and self-worth.

Our riders range in age from 3 to 92, and have a variety of disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and emotional challenges. Our mission is to bring out the strengths and capabilities of each individual rider, to focus on what our riders CAN do rather than what they cannot.

Our trained and professional staff, volunteers, and horses work as a team to provide individualized lessons addressing the physical, emotional, social and cognitive challenges of children and adults with special needs. Each rider's unique strengths and needs are carefully considered. This distinctive experience of acheivement, joy, and community inspires and empowers everyone involved.

High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program has been serving residents of the Upper Connecticut River Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont since 1993. We are one of only three programs in Vermont whose standards meet the demanding criteria to attain "Premier Accreditation" by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Mission Statement: To improve the wellbeing of people with special needs through a therapeutic equine experience.

Vision: We aspire to offer state-of-the-art equine assisted therapies, providing a full range of services to our community. As a nationally accredited program, we help shape the future of our industry.

Values: High Horses adheres to the values of teamwork, integrity, respect, empathy, and joyfulness in all that we do.

Dartmouth students Anna Davies, Janice Tam, Kemi Mugo, and Tsomo Cuomaoji produced a video (See Documentary) illustrating the relationship our organization has with nature. They beautifully captured the connections our staff and riders have to horses.

See a documentary Hear about our program Read about our program
by the Dartmouth Film 30 class featured on the radio program,
The Point (35 seconds)
as a resource for children with
autism in Upper Valley Life.
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