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Programs

Our PATH-certified instructors, physical and occupational therapists, and licensed educators provide equine-assisted service to people with special needs and challanges.

Our Programs

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Pegasus lessons generally are offered on a weekly basis in 45-minute blocks and are staffed by our PATH International-certified instructors. To be considered for one of our programs, prospective participants must be at least four years of age and within our height and weight limits. The admissions process begins with a phone call or email to us to discuss whether equine-assisted activities may be beneficial.


Contact us at info@pegasustr.org or 845-669-8235 to learn more.
Have a question for our program team? Contact program@pegasustr.org

Therapeutic
Riding

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center

Therapeutic riding’s unique benefits are derived from the transfer of movement from horse to rider.

Lessons include instruction in basic riding skills as well as opportunities for social interaction, recreation, sport, therapy, and work with basic developmental concepts. Activities exercise both “mind and muscle” and can produce improved mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language development, behavior control, and concentration.

The emotional benefits of therapeutic riding are abundant and diverse. The primary benefit comes from the relationships that develop among riders, volunteers, horses and staff. Pegasus fosters a supportive environment that helps riders to confront their fears and anxieties and build their self-esteem.

TESTIMONIAL

“Pegasus has provided an opportunity to suit activities to perfectly match Scarlett’s present skills while still challenging her just enough to grow and develop. As a result, she never senses disappointment, but instead, confidence in the skills and learning she HAS accomplished.”

Therapeutic Horsemanship

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center

Therapeutic Horsemanship offers powerful, life-changing benefits using experiential learning. It integrates equine-human interaction while providing opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty, and communication. Each participant works toward progressing in their session goals using our team approach (horses, instructor teams, and volunteers).
Participants are working on building relationships with their horse through groundwork.

These activities include but are not limited to spending quiet time bonding with the horse, grooming, and leading. Through these seemingly simple horsemanship activities, participants have a chance to develop new skills in a safe, supportive environment. All the horsemanship skills introduced in this program are transferrable life skills with potentially powerful, life-changing outcomes.

 

TESTIMONIAL

“Everywhere else is so stressful. Everyone always wants to know how I’m doing. At Pegasus, I can forget about everything and just connect with the horses. It just makes me feel so calm. I love it.”

Therapeutic Horsemanship

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center

Veterans
Program

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center

This program combines basic horsemanship techniques taught in our standard therapeutic horsemanship program and adds additional focus on the restorative power of horses. Throughout these five weeks, participants will discover the importance of being present and mindful.  Horses can serve as a mirror to our emotions, reacting to participants’ emotions, and helping develop skills such as boundary setting, mindfulness, and awareness of nonverbal communication.

Each session is five weeks long.

Our focus in this 5-session program is on helping veterans rebuild healthy relationships. Our horses and facilitators will respect and skillfully support you and your journey. Activities are non-riding. No horse experience is necessary.

TESTIMONIAL

“I learned how to handle stress and to help anger management issues I have. I learned the way of the horse. It’s changed my life, there’s no doubt about it.”

First Responders

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center

Originally launched to support veterans facing PTSD, our program has since evolved to encompass a broader scope, welcoming First Responders and Emergency Services professionals. This expansion includes individuals such as police officers, healthcare workers, and firefighters—crucial contributors to their communities, especially during and post-COVID.

First responders have an immense impact on their communities. Our First Responders program provides the skills needed for self-regulation, understanding how to make distinctions among seemingly conflicting emotions, and building the capacity to process ‘the day’ before coming home are all part of maintaining healthy relationships.

First responders have an immense impact on their communities. We also know from first-hand experience the impact that secondary trauma can have, and that burnout is a reality that many first responders face. Our veteran programs are a perfect fit for first responders.

TESTIMONIAL

“You learn a little about horses that you never thought of and a lot about yourself. You develop a mindfulness that is relatable to your personal life.”

First Responders

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center

Join a program

Interested In Joining A Program?

If our programs seem like they would be a good fit, the prospective participant (or the parents or legal guardians) is asked to complete the required application form and return it to Pegasus. We request biographical information, medical history, and the participant’s goals and objectives.

Upon receipt of the completed application, staff members will assess the information to determine eligibility. If the prospective participant is eligible, we will schedule a riding evaluation. Once the evaluation is successfully completed, we will begin looking for an open slot in our program schedule.

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Equine
Experience Days

Equine Experience Days provide horse-focused experiential learning to the special needs population. The therapeutic benefit of horses has been widely recognized. It is our goal to offer holistic, empowering and enriching activities all centered around the restorative power of horses with complementary horse-focused activities including gardening/nature, art and music. Team building, self-esteem, self-confidence, and empowerment are meaningful benefits of this holistic approach to our equine experience days.