The mission of Nickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center is to improve the lives of children and adults with special challenges through a therapeutic partnership with horses.
What is therapeutic riding? Our students are participating in a sport that allows them to exercise their bodies and their minds. Many of the successes they experience in their riding and horsemanship activities directly impact other areas of their lives. Therapeutic riding encompasses therapy, education, sport, and recreation/leisure. Our riders show progression in all of these areas, and these areas are reflected in riders' individualized goals. Because of the rhythmical, repeatable, three-dimensional, and symmetrical movement of the horse, the riders' physical needs in flexibility, balance and muscle strength are always addressed. Additionally for individuals with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed while working with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-estem.
Why choose Nickers 'N Neighs? Every lesson is preplanned with students goals, and lesson plans written by our dually certified PACTH PQI and PATH, Intl. registered therapeutic riding instructors. With these lesson plans, we are able to track the progression of our students. We are equipped to work with individuals with a wide range of disabilities. These disabilities include, but are not limited to wounded veterans, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy,down syndrome, spina bifida, pervasive developmental delay, autism, non-verbal disorders, visual and hearing impairment, developmental and learning disabilities, previously abused individuals, and at-risk youth.
For individuals interested in beginning lessons with us please print this form, complete it including the physician's statement and call us at (724) 593-8121 to schedule an orientation.
If you are interested in donating to Nickers 'N Neighs Therapeutic Riding Center as a 501(c) 3 charity, please click the Paypal link below.