Therapeutic horseback riding brings remarkable benefits by 'stretching' both mind and muscles. For someone who can't walk, see, communicate, etc., riding a horse allows them to experience a new sense of freedom: they are transported to where dreams come true and spirits soar!
Dreams Go On now serves over 50 physically and mentally challenged horseback riders in Blair County, PA. The lessons occur on 4 separate days each week during the spring, summer and fall. We can do so because of donations and our wonderful volunteers, totaling over 70.
To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional challenge, life can look a lot brighter on horseback. The power and warmth of the horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality.
Horseback riding also helps those with mental difficulties. The unique relationship that forms between horse and rider can lead to an increase in confidence, patience and self-esteem. A student who has always been too "slow" to participate in normal school athletics, as in the case of a student with mental difficulties, can now demonstrate their abilities through horseback riding. In many cases, the horse becomes an "equalizer" for the student.
Amazing benefits occur for those with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Learning Difficulties, Mental Challenges, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Bifida, Brain Injuries, and the Visually Impaired.
Our Sponsors and volunteers are WONDERFUL!