MISSION STATEMENT AND PURPOSE:
Fire Horse Farm strives to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through programs of horsemanship and agricultural education.
FHF's instructors are certified through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). In addition FHF is working towards becoming
a NARHA premier accredited center. This will ensure that Fire Horse Farm will be held to the national standard for therapeutic riding centers. Horseback
riding for the disabled is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. From the beginning, riders learn balance, coordination and self-assurance
while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation. As a result of carefully planned lessons, poise, posture, strength and flexibility improve. Equestrian activities
also benefit those suffering with psychological, social, and cognitive disabilities. Examples include greater self-control, sequential thinking, and spatial awareness.
This is accomplished through distinct and overlapping programs which provide education, exercise and therapeutic benefits through horseback riding. The programs are:
* Therapeutic Riding
* Volunteer Program
* Juvenile Intervention
Children and adults with disabilities from all over East Texas are benefiting from therapeutic riding. Their disabilities range from; cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple
sclerosis, Down syndrome, closed head injuries, deafness, mental retardation, blindness, strokes, abuse, delinquency, learning disabilities, autism, to muscular dystrophy.
Physical, psychological and educational benefits are received during weekly structured horseback riding classes, ranging from increased strength, and improved balance,
to elevating self-esteem, and encouraging independence, thereby enhancing each student's quality of life.
FHF therapeutic riding classes run September through June. Classes are not held in July or August due to the heat.
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