Madison Fields is a special place for all who come to experience the gifts that the land, the animals, and the people offer.
We invite you into some of the lives touched by the vision we need your help to expand.
Kenji | A Life in the Balance
Like many adults with autism, Kenji Ichijo has few options for meaningful community engagement after age 21. Right now, his parents work to fill Kenji’s schedule with learning and recreation opportunities, but what will happen when they are gone or no longer able to care for him?
At Madison Fields, we believe we all grow better together. That means acknowledging and including people of all kinds, recognizing the value each has to offer, and empowering one another to become active co-creators of our world.
We work to create opportunity for those who are often left at the edges of community. We are intentional about fostering a supportive environment where each person is empowered to participate in community life.
We find strength in diversity and strive to ensure people of all backgrounds and ability feel safe, valued, and whole.
We commit to help one another become and contribute their best in the co-creation of a thriving community.
We foster an environment of connection with self, others and the natural world to maximize health and wellness.
THERAPEUTIC RIDING AT MADISON FIELDS
At our state-of-the-art therapeutic riding center, we serve riders with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, Down’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, as well as men and women in uniform and individuals facing mental health challenges. The program is staffed by credentialed professionals and trained volunteers dedicated to providing the finest in safe, fun, and effective sessions.
Recreational therapeutic riding teaches basic horsemanship skills, both on and off a horse. It’s fun, highly motivating, and can help individuals achieve improvement in all the following areas:
Riding improves posture, strength, coordination, tone, and balance.
Learning new skills improves self-worth. Overcoming fear and anxiety increases self-esteem.
Educational goals, reasoning, following directions, and problem solving skills are fun when incorporated into a riding activity.
The movement of the horse can help with sensory integration. Stopping, starting, and turning a thousand pound horse can improve a rider’s overall body awareness.
The rapport kindled by the therapeutic riding team is invaluable. In this supportive yet challenging group environment, the rider is encouraged to succeed. Students learn valuable life skills, which include patience, confidence, responsibility and communication.
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