Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes specialized equine movement. Specially trained PT’s, OT’s and SLP’s use Hippotherapy to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.
Pediatric Hippotherapy sessions at the farm are a medical treatment for clients ages 2-6 and is provided by Jessica Reinartz, PT, DPT of Jump Start Physical Therapy with Colleen Cheechalk and Allyson Cheechalk assisting. All Hippotherapy staff is certified by American Hippotherapy Association.
Adaptive or Therapeutic Riding
Horsemanship and riding contributes positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Adaptive (Therapeutic) riding provides benefits in the areas of therapy, education, sport and recreation, and leisure. Our program specializes in comprehensive instruction for children and teens with impaired social functioning, specific learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, and neurodevelopmental special needs such as ADD/ADHD and Asperger Syndrome.
We offer Adapative Riding for Youth and Adults, Veterans programming and Unmounted Horsemanship for Youth (ages 4-8)
Equine Facilitated Learning
In an educational setting, horses and the lifestyle that goes along with maintaining horses, provides opportunities to teach critical life and communication skills, improve our non-verbal communication, our focus and attention, our self-esteem and to help us learn to be individuals of exceptional character.
Group sessions focus on team based exercises that build trust, empathy, respect, dependability and much more. Feedback from therapists and educators show our clients exhibit more responsibility, are better able to face day to day obstacles, and are more supportive and empathic to their peers.
Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
During the spring of 2013, our program will begin one of its most important programs…to provide help, healing and hope to women with breast cancer.With 1 in 8 women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, we felt compelled to implement a unique and inspiring program developed by Catherine Hand.
This program pairs the majestic horse with the powerful female spirit, and we proceed through a series of peaceful, centering, healing exercises that help bring restorative energy to the body and the soul. Sessions are conducted at the Farm at Nanticoke Creek, surrounded by privacy and the beauty of nature, gardens and music, our gentle and caring team of women volunteers will provide support, caring and compassion to women in need.
The Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program
The Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program strives to bring awareness to the beauty, versatility, intelligence and suitability of the retired Thoroughbred Racehorse for work in therapy settings.
We will be working with Second Chance Thoroughbreds of Spencer, NY to adopt, rescue or rehabilitate Thoroughbreds who are retiring from the track. Preference will be given to the “War Horse”, or the older Thoroughbred who shows promise for therapy work. These horses are typically difficult to place in show homes, where younger horses are preferred, but many have the personality, training, and kind inquisitive nature that is perfectly suited for work in Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Facilitated Mental Health.