Heritage Christian Stables Home > About > Community Impact Programs > Heritage Christian Stables A A A SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 6, 2020 4th annual Boots & Barrels Click here for event details and for information on tickets, on sale beginning in November. Register To Ride Today! Therapeutic Riding Registration now open! Our hallmark therapeutic riding program - inclusive to people of all abilities – is now accepting applications. Therapeutic riding is for children and adults and enriches a person's physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, while also building confidence and self-esteem. Register today Lessons for Beginners Registration now open! For children who have never had the opportunity to experience horseback riding. Ask for more information about beginning lessons for youth. Register today Watch a 20-second video of Colt’s impression of his very first lesson. Heritage Christian Stables is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults, accredited by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). With the assistance of highly skilled riding instructors and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, this program provides an exciting opportunity for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Healing with Horses As Sir Winston Churchill once said: “There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.” At Heritage Christian Stables, we believe the special bond between a rider and their horse can help people with disabilities reach beyond their limitations to achieve their dreams. Therapeutic Horsemanship impacts a person’s physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual well being. The horse’s walk mimics the three dimensional movement of the human walk, offering riders the rhythmic movement and opportunities for improvement in balance, symmetry, and muscle strengthening. Participants are provided with cognitive tasks to improve following directions, sequencing, and meeting educational goals. Psychologically, it’s empowering for the rider to be able to control a 1,000-pound animal and develop a bond with a horse that positively affects the participant’s self-esteem and confidence. Therapeutic horsemanship allows people to strengthen their bodies and minds, freeing their spirit to do the things they never thought possible. And best of all, it’s fun! Volunteers are Essential to our Success The continued success of the therapeutic horsemanship program relies heavily on volunteers, which help to run lessons year-round. Riders may require as many as three people to assist them – one “side walker” on each side of the horse and one “horse leader” responsible for guiding the equine. Experience is not required. All necessary training is provided. Join us as a volunteer. Call (585) 872-2540. To download the NEW volunteer packet, click HERE. To download the RETURNING volunteer packet, click HERE.