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Thursday, September 2, 2010 - Contact: 225-273-6439

Therapeutic Riding Program Improves Strength and Confidence

BREC's Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6400 River Road, is offering four, six-week therapeutic riding sessions beginning Sept. 13. Hearts and Hooves program provides equine-oriented activities for the purpose of contributing to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities. 

 

Adults and children, ages six and older, may participate in sessions throughout the school year on Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. The fee is $120 per six-week session. 

 

"People of all ages with a variety of disabilities discover new worlds through equine-assisted activities," facility manager Pat Chaney said. She explained that because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves riders' bodies in a manner similar to the human step, individuals with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. 

 

Moreover, for people with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship they form with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. "The sense of independence and self-confidence gained from riding carries into all areas of life," Chaney said.

 

Advanced registration is required.  For more information and to register, call 225-769-7805.  To volunteer, call 225-272-9200, 581 or email volunteer@brec.org.

 

It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.

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