At HOPE we believe in the benefits of nature to take occupational therapy to a new level and by this we use beautiful horses to help both children & adults.
Adaptive Riding lessons benefit individuals with a variety of challenges. Our instructors are PATH-certified to provide the very best experience for everyone who needs HOPE's services.
Horses Helping Heroes assists veterans, service personnel and first responders by providing equine-assisted activities and therapies free of charge.
HOPE provides an outreach rehabilitation program for post-treatment breast cancer survivors. It does not involve horse-riding lessons and no horse experience is necessary to participate.
You don’t have to be a child or a young adult to discover the magic of horses and horse-riding. This program is designed for Lifelong Learning members over 50 who want to coming fitness activities with a search for new experiences.
Occupational therapy is a medical treatment that incorporates hippotherapy, equine activities and/or the equine environment. Rehabilitative goals are related to the patient’s needs and the medical professional’s standards of practice. Only a medical profession, (ie. occupational/physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, psychologist, social worker, or mental health professional) licensed in the state of Florida can provide these treatments.
Occupational therapy assisted by the horse involves the horse and/or environment and is facilitated by the occupational therapist. Activities may be mounted or un-mounted and are goal oriented, sensory-motor activities offered with the assistance of our equine friends! Activities may incorporate grooming, tacking, and feeding into treatment sessions to help achieve physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication goals.
If Adapted riding is under the direction of a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. It allows clients to sit atop a horse and actively participate in specific riding skills. Riders learn to demonstrate self-control, and earn a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and self-esteem. Riding lessons are designed to challenge each client while fostering success as they work to accomplish individually developed physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and educational goals.
Horses Helping Heroes assists military veterans, service personnel and first responders by providing equine-assisted activities and therapies free of charge.