Therapeutic Riding & Vaulting
The Las Vegas equestrian riding academy, Talisman Farm, offers a Therapeutic Riding program under the supervision of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certified riding instructors.
The Talisman Farm Therapeutic Riding Program provides children, beginning at age 3, and adults, living with cognitive and physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy equine-assisted activities and horseback riding lessons for therapeutic, recreational, sport and educational purposes.
The practice of therapeutic horseback riding began more than fifty years ago. Today it is a well respected therapeutic method widely recognized by medical, psychiatric and social service professionals.
Talisman Farm offers a year-round therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with special physical, mental and emotional needs. Lessons are designed to meet the needs of each individual. By utilizing horsemanship skills Talisman’s PATH certified instructor are able to reach a rider’s personalized therapeutic goals. Each rider is encouraged to be as independent as possible while both on the horse and off.
Talisman Farm offers private and semi-private lessons. Most students begin with private lessons to assure a solid foundation in the basics of riding skills. Semi-private lessons consist of 2-4 riders and offer students a great socialization experience. In Semi-private lessons additional volunteers are present to provide the individual attention that is needed for each rider.
In addition to riding lessons, all riders are encouraged to participate in Talisman Farm “at home” Horse Shows. All riders take home ribbons and trophies. Horse show classes are age and ability appropriate.
BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING:
Examples of disabilities that respond well to Therapeutic Riding include, but are not limited to:
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder
Sensory Integration Disorder
Research shows that therapeutic riding students can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their body in a manner similar to a walking gait. Riders experience increased balance, muscle control and strength. Riders also can experience increased confidence, independence and self esteem.
Individuals with learning disorders or developmental disabilities are motivated by riding to increase concentration, patience and discipline. If a psychological or emotional disability is present, the unique relationship formed with a horse can help in improving interpersonal relationships.
The Talisman Farm Therapeutic Riding Program is a self-referral program. However, health care professionals, social service professionals, teachers, and members of community organizations are encouraged to visit Talisman Farm to learn more about the benefits of Therapeutic Riding so that they may feel confident in recommending both Therapeutic Riding and Talisman Farm’s PATH certified instructors. Parents are invited to contact Talisman Farm to discuss their child’s individual needs.
Talisman Farm’s Therapeutic Riding program is being administered by PATH certified riding instructor Ann Marie Corey. In addition to her experience in equine instruction,
Corey comes to Talisman Farm with 20 years experience in therapeutic riding as an instructor and owner of Cape Cod, Massachusetts-based Elf-n-Wood Stables from 2000-2007. Her program taught on average 30-40 physically, cognitively and emotionally challenged students each week. Corey’s students competed in Special Olympics in the equestrian division as well as County and 4-H competitions. Under Corey’s direction, Talisman Farm’s Therapeutic Riding program also offers a specialized Vaulting program.
Owned and operated by nationally-known horse trainer and riding instructor Esther Hillner, Talisman Farm is the only European classical riding center in Las Vegas offering training for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders in Dressage, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter/Jumper and 3-Day Eventing. Talisman Farm also routinely hosts and sponsors regular clinics in show jumping with Olympic Silver Medalist Greg Best and USEF Show Team Rider Jennie Mccalister as well as dressage clinics with USDF Silver Medalist Will Faerber. All visiting clinic instructors are FEI level clinicians.
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Instructor AnnMarie Corey (PATH TRI).