Strength on Horseback
Posted on March 28 2016
For 35 years, Albany Therapeutic Riding Center (www.albanytherapeuticridingcenter.com) under the tutelage of Certified Riding Instructor Christine Lehman, has provided therapeutic horseback riding services to children and adults with physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. The gait of the horse is similar to the movement of the human gait while walking, and the therapy horse helps to move muscles that are not used. Further, lessons help to work on speech development and to help students converse and to notice the calming nature setting where birds sing and the natural beauty of the Helderberg Escarpment surrounds the center. Therapeutic horseback riding builds muscle, confidence, language, and many other advances. Albany Therapeutic Riding Center is run by volunteers, as it has been for decades. The only employee is a part-time stablehand. Bravery comes in so many forms as our students face many challenges such as trauma, cerebral palsy, paralysis, autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and many other conditions. Many students who rode with us as children return as adults. In the saddle, they are free from earthly constraints. ATRC exists solely on donations. Not only do these donations help with equipment such as riding helmets, therapeutic items, and continuing education, but we provide a permanent home for our retired therapy horses. This is a magical place where miracles happen daily. Purchasing Bravelets helps us to continue to help people for whom this may be one of their only social and recreational outlets.