General Program Information
Semesters are 10 weeks in length with the exception of camps and extended fall. Each week includes a 45 minute lesson; time is allotted for tacking and grooming of the horse before and after the ride. Components of both the Riding and Driving programs can be held indoors or out depending on the weather; we only cancel in extreme or unsafe conditions. As none of our services are covered by insurance, we subsidize our programs and rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and the proceeds from special events to cover the full costs of our programs.
By offering a progressive and individualized approach to equine-assisted activities, the services of Equi-librium:
- provide an equine-assisted adjunct that reinforces and enhances a program participant’s occupational and physical therapy programs;
- provide a multi-sensory experience enabling program participants to develop their sensori-motor and perceptual motor skills;
- provide a psycho-educational opportunity for learning and achievement;
- provide an opportunity for socialization and recreation, and;
- provide an opportunity for program participants to achieve their highest potential possible in functional horseback riding skills.
Equi-librium uses a progressive, individualized program with each of its participants. Program participants are not usually started in the program learning traditional functional riding skills. Instead, each participant starts on the horse using an approach that reflects each participant’s level of postural control, balance, coordination, and perceptual and cognitive skills. An individual program plan is developed at the start of each season creating objective goals for the program participant. As participants progress through their goals, they “graduate” to increased skill levels on the horse leading to functional and independent riding within their capabilities.