Who Can Ride
TROT provides services to a diverse population of individuals living with disabilities starting at age 4, including a specific class for military Veterans.
Most Common diagnoses are, but not limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Down’s Syndrome
- Musclar Dystorphy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Limb Amputations
Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to prevent a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moved the participant’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, participant with physical challenges often shows improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. Emotional benefits include reduced feelings of depression and anxiety, increased self-esteem, and a sense of control and connection.
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Back In The Saddle (BITS)
Back in the Saddle lesson program at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson is for men and women age 55 and over with age-related challenges. BITS is designed to enhance flexibility, endurance and strength for those experiencing reduced mobility because of injury, arthritis, low muscle tone or cognitive impairment. Once cleared by their physicians, individuals can take part regardless of their riding experience. Besides gaining riding skills, participants report experiencing physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits. We structure lessons for multiple levels of instruction from beginner and intermediate to more advanced riders.
Back In the Saddle allows TROT to offer a beneficial service to a multi-generational population of demographics of the therapeutic horsemanship program while staying true to TROT’s mission and core values.
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Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Working with equines provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty and communication.
Various format offerings are available for residential school groups, corporations, businesses, individuals and more.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)
EFP is the practice of using horses for personal and emotional growth. All EFP sessions are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who works with an individual to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the client and the mental health professional.
Honesty and Trust
Self-control and confidence
Respect for self and others
Problem solving and cooperation
Improved communication skills
Responsibility and accountability
Experience the healing power of horses
Heroes on Horses
Heroes on Horses is specifically designed to address the needs of veterans of all abilities in our community. Our vision is to help all veterans achieve both physical and emotional goals and improve their quality of life through the use of equine assisted activities and therapies. Horses have a long history of being used in programs aimed at rehabilitating individuals suffering from emotional and physical wounds. Equine therapy has been successful in helping veterans show improvements in emotional awareness, stress tolerance, independence, TBI, post-traumatic stress, impulse control and many more.