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.
Each of our instructors are PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) certified instructors, or are in training to become certified.
British physiotherapists first offered riding therapy for wounded soldiers at the Oxford hospital during WWI. Since that time, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association have recognized therapeutic riding as a progressive form of therapy.
Horses move four dimensionally - up and down, side to side, back and forth and through space - all simultaneously. These planes of movement are transferred up from the horse's pelvis to the rider's pelvis and core system. Strenghtening these core muscles provide stability in balance, improves breathability, ambulation and digestion. The unique bond formed with the horse has also shown to aid in improved interpersonal relationships for those with psychological or emotional disabilities. As a result, all riders can experience increased self-esteem and coping skills.
Requirements: Student without trunk control must be under 80 pounds. Must be seizure free for one year and all students must be under 180 pounds. Session is one hour, once a week for ten weeks. -Cost: $325
This alternative is appropriate for anyone who is not easily transferred to a horse, is bound to a wheelchair, prefers to drive instead of ride or is over the weight limit.
Many of the same benefits from riding also occur in carriage driving. The movement of the carriage and using the reins will strenghten the core muscles, upper body and arms; thus improving stability in balance and breathing.
Cost: $375 for ten weeks.
Hooves For Heroes
We are proud to offer our Military Heroes (active, inactive or retired) and their families this Horsemanship Program at no cost. Veterans may choose from therapeutic riding, carriage driving, equine facilitated learning or equine assisted psychotherapy programs.
Interaction with horses can aid in the improvement of quality of life for those with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD, Amputation, Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder, Memory Issues, Emotional Management Issues, Relationship/Trust Issues and Responsibility Issues.
Equine Facilitated Learning
Equine Facilitated Learning is an educational approach that incorporates equine facilitated activities using the experience of equine/human interaction in an environment of learning and self discovery. This model encourages personal explorations of feelings and behaviors to help promote human growth and development
Equine Facilitated Learning allows studetns to work in a positive environment and achieve positive results. Trust, teamwork, relationship building and leadership can all be fostered in developing a partnership between and individual and their horse.
Children at Risk Equestrian (CARE) Program
The goal of Raemelton's CARE program is to assist individuals with emotional challenges in their lives by creating an avenue for them to develop coping skills and gain life skills.
Caring for a horse provide an opportunity for positive social interaction. Learning to respect and control their horses becomes a valuable first step towards controlling their own lives. The skills that at-risk teens gain through the CARE program include making good life choices, verbal communication/problem solving, coping with depression, nutrition habits/choices, anger management, self esteem, increased attention span, boundaries/body awareness, trust and empathy.
Cost: $375 for ten weeks.