ABOUT EQUINE-ASSISTED SERVICES
The Equine-Assisted Services (EAS) at Madison Fields invite people facing physical, cognitive, behavioral or emotional challenges into an experiential interactive process to find strength, healing and independence. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our participants through connection and relationship with our therapy horses. We utilize therapeutic and healing power of our gentle horses to serve people of all ages with a variety of needs and diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. We provide both mounted and unmounted opportunities.
Therapeutic Recreational Horseback Riding consists of mounted lessons that teach students basic horsemanship skills under the guidance of a certified riding instructor. The primary focus is to meet recreational and leisure goals in a relaxed atmosphere of support and socialization.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an unmounted experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities.
We are a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International group, and comply with P.A.T.H. International safety standards. Our program is staffed by credentialed professionals and trained volunteers dedicated to providing the finest in safe, fun, and effective sessions. We offer four 8-week sessions throughout the year and one 4-week summer session. Openings are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2021 SESSION DATES & DEADLINES
STAAR SUMMER PROGRAM
The Speech-Language Therapy, Agricultural Education & Adaptive Riding Summer Program promotes speech, language, and social development in a naturalistic environment. The program is led in partnership with REINS Therapeutic Services by a speech-language pathologist and adaptive riding instructor.
With a focus on fun, this unique program allows participants to target their speech and language goals throughout a variety of engaging experiences, including: adapted horseback riding, fishing, chicken tending, nature hikes, arts and crafts, and more.
HOW TO ENROLL IN THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING
- Contact Maggie, our Head Riding Instructor, for openings.
- Schedule an optional free 30-minute site visit.
- Download and review the EAS Program Manual.
- Download and complete the EAS Program Application.
- Contact our Head Riding Instructor to schedule a preliminary evaluation lesson.