In 1995, therapeutic horseback riding was first used at Winning Wheels for the purpose of providing recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities who participate in the specialized Brain Injury Program. Therapeutic horseback programs improve physical capabilities and functional skills as well as furnish students the opportunity of added leisure time, physical activity and social interaction.
Certified instructors interview residents to identify weaknesses and develop goals to attain. Residents gain positive outcomes, such as increased balance and bed mobility.
Basic instruction is given in grooming, tacking, horsemanship, riding and driving skills. Classes include mounted exercise, reinforcement of learning objectives, games, trail riding and a great deal of fun for all involved!