Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding (SES)
SES uses the powerful healing energy of horses to help children, adults and Veterans with psychological, neurological and physical conditions such as Down’s Syndrome, MS, Cerebral palsy, Autism, Brain injury, PTSD, Stroke and Cancer.
When riding a horse, the human body moves as it does when walking. The slow, rhythmic motion of a horse stimulates the body and works the rider’s muscles in a manner similar to the human stride. This repetitive motion cannot be duplicated in any clinical setting. Our therapeutic riding instructors combine riding skills with lesson plans designed to enhance the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of our riders.
In addition to the physical benefits derived from therapeutic riding, the contact with the animal is a powerful experience. The strong bond that can develop between horses and people often has a profound, uplifting effect on those who are troubled or suffering.
Giant City Stables has been providing Equine Therapy since 1995. Our PATH International Riding instructor works with clients one-on-one and in small group settings utilizing the tree-dimensional gait of the horse to provide therapeutic benefits. Each rider is engaged through a combination of therapy, education and recreation tailored to meet their individual physical, cognitive and emotional needs.
We are looking for sponsors or supporters that want to partner with us in providing the powerful healing energy of horses to a greater number of people in Southern IL. And, of course, we cannot operate without the volunteers.