Raemelton currently serves more than 90 students a week. The student population consists of individuals with mental, physical, social, emotional or sensory disabilities.
The farm has 19 horses on the property selected for their gentle temperaments to help students reach their highest potentials.
The physical benefits from riding therapy are achieved because of the 3-D motion of a horse. A horse moves forward, laterally and horizontally all in a rhythmic motion. This gate simulated the same motion as a human's walking gate. A rider utilizing muscles to follow the horse rhythmic motion strengthens the muscles necessary for walking. The rhythmic motion and warmth of the horse provides a tool for relaxing spastic muscles allowing for additional strengthening exercises and an increase in the range of motion of joints.
Therapeutic sessions are led by our NARHA certified instructors in conjunction with a team of highly dedicated volunteers which enable disabled riders to participate in an activity that is normally performed only by able-bodied persons.
Raemelton offers three main programs:
Therapeutic riding is beneficial to individuals to improve balance, muscle strength, coordination, motor skills, decrease spascity, and increase range of motion. Secondary benefits are improved self-confidence, social interaction; improve verbal skills and pure enjoyment.
Some of the disabilities treated:
- Behavioral Disability
- Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down's Syndrome
- Emotional Disability
- Hearing Impairment
- Learning Disability
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Seizure Disorder
- Spina Bifida
- Visual Impairment
Requirements: Student without trunk control must be under 80 pounds. Must be seizure free for one year and all students must be under 200 pounds. Session are one hour, once a week for ten weeks. -Cost: $275
- Improved self esteem
- Increased attention span
- Language development
- Improved communication
- A sense of empowerment
- Teamwork skills
- Greater mobility, flexibility and balance
Therapy driving is for individuals who are too fragile to transfer from their wheelchair or are over 200 pounds. Therapy driving is beneficial for balance, core muscle strength, hand eye coordination, verbal skills and enjoyment. Sessions are one hour, once a week for ten weeks.
Cost: $375 for ten weeks.
The CARE program is for individual that have experienced physical or emotional trauma. The students builds self esteem , a sense of responsibility and accomplishment through interaction, providing care and riding our therapy horses. Sessions are one and a half hour per week for a ten weeks.
Cost: $375 for ten weeks.