Along with the physical therapeutic benefits, horseback riding gives the riders a feeling of control, a sense of accomplishment and increased self-esteem. Therapeutic Riding, is the use of horse and equine-oriented activities to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals, including cognitive, physical, emotional, social, educational and behavioral goals.
Horseback riding for the challenged is recognized as one of the more progressive forms of therapy. The ability to control a horse as well as one's own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between rider and horse and promotes personal challenge. From the beginning, riders learn balance, coordination and self-assurance while receiving therapeutic muscle stimulation. As a result of lessons, poise, posture, strength and flexibility improve.
Throughout the world, horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy for people with disabilities. A horse's gait, similar to the human walk, helps strengthen spine and pelvic muscles, improves posture and coordination, and increases joint mobility.
Our program is designed to help special needs people, including those with with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTS). Equine-assisted therapy is a mystery but we know that the horses help people work through sadness, grief, fear, and uncertainty, teaching us to respect boundaries and develop self control.
Memberships and Professional Affiliations: Board of Directors, Kentucky Horse Council Kentucky Horse Council American Riding Instructors Association Specializing in dressage; also available for Hunt Seat Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced British Horse Society Instructor Member, EFMHA (Equine Facilitated Mental Health) Member, EGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Member, NARHA (North American Riding for Handicap Association) Member, AHA (American Hippotherapy Association) Member, Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Member, United States Dressage Federation Member, The United States Equestrian Federation (Formerly known as AHSA) Member, Arabian Horse Association Member, Linda Tellington-Jones TTouch/ TTeam Clinician Member, Equine Chiropractic Methods CAC Level II
About the Instructor: Rosemary Taylor Rosemary Taylor, Chief riding instructor of Sunburst Farm, has been involved with horses for most of her life. She is an accredited equine instructor in both the United States and Britain. Rosemary has over 20 years experience in the performance show horse and education industry. She lives on the farm and personally oversees the care for each horse daily.