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Therapeutic Approach to Growth

Therapeutic Approach to Growth

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April 19th 2016:Therapeutic Riding: Learning About How Horses Support and Heal Individuals With Developmental Delays

In this episode Brooke Wagner will interview Stephanie Mitchell, PATH Certified (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and founder of Sunshine Ranch Therapeutic Riding. Topics such as who benefits from therapeutic riding, what a typical lesson entails, and the types of growth an individual may experience from the program will be covered. In addition, Sunshine Ranch will be discussed and information will be shared about where they are located, what their program consists of and how to get involved in their therapeutic riding lessons.

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Stephanie Mitchell

Stephanie Mitchell grew up in San Diego, CA and was born loving horses. She took lessons and showed horses when she was younger, and continued to ride for fun as an adult. After graduating college from SDSU with a Biology degree, she still tried to find her passion and career. She finally discovered an activity called therapeutic horseback riding and volunteered for 5 years with a local program. During this time, she taught lessons for riders with special needs, trained and conditioned the horses, and began to dabble in fundraising. She founded a non-profit organization called Sunshine Ranch Therapeutic Riding in April 2012, and received her Certification as a PATH (Professional Associatio
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Ricky

It takes a special kind of horse to be a therapy horse. Ricky is one of Sunshine Ranch Therapeutic Riding’s 3 horses, and boy, is he special! Our horses love people and are very patient, gentle, and honest. They each have their own unique talents, and pair well with different types of riders with various goals. Our students get to work with our horses both on the ground, and on their backs. Horses provide so much physical movement and feedback, which helps our riders to improve strength, balance, independent mobility, coordination, and confidence. Yet they also help us to become more aware of ourselves and our surroundings, evoke empathy, regulate emotions, provide physiological and neuro
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