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Therapy on Horseback

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MEDFORD, Ore. — HOPE Equestrian is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding to special needs individuals throughout Southern Oregon.

HOPE has been in operation in the Rogue Valley since 1988. For many individuals with disabilities, therapeutic horseback riding allows them opportunities to accomplish things previously considered beyond their capabilities. HOPE offers classes for all ages, in group or private lessons.

Riders’ disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities and developmental delays. They see riders who have never spoken say their first words, children who have trouble learning reciprocate things their family never thought possible, and smiles come to the faces of kids who have a hard time finding happiness.

“I truly believe we do make a big impact and that this activity is a significant therapy in helping people relies higher potentials from whatever challenges they have,” said HOPE Instructor Tim Womack.

HOPE Equestrian not only helps those with special learning and mental needs, but those who maybe physicality disabled. Thanks to a recent grant, HOPE was able to build a proper ramp and hoist system to ease the mounting process for those that may be in a wheelchair.