EQUINE-ASSISTED SERVICES

The power of the horse is beneficial for people who live with all types of disabilities.

At NVTRP, students are given the opportunity to create strong bonds with our amazing equine partners and strengthen body and mind through equine-assisted services. We offer the following services to the community.

Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship

Therapeutic riding teaches individuals who live with disabilities how to ride and care for horses. Individuals gain physical, social and emotional rewards through challenging and stimulating activities. Increases are seen in balance, strength, coordination, confidence, concentration and emotional regulation while having fun!

Mental Health & Wellness

NVTRP's mental health and wellness program offers a variety of experiences to cater to the needs of the client including: Psychotherapy integrating conventional therapeutic techniques with relationship building and horsemanship activities with horses; mental health group workshops; and psychotherapy in nature utilizing the farm atmosphere. Interacting with horses provides clients with opportunities to learn more about their relationship patterns, communication styles, and beliefs about themselves and others.

Community Lessons

NVTRP offers a small amount of riding and horsemanship lessons for those without disabilities to spread the therapeutic value of horses to client siblings and others in the community. Registrations are first come first serve. Follow link to be added to NVTRP's email list to receive registration opportunities.

Physical & Occupational Therapies

NVTRP's occupational therapists and physical therapists use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement and the barn environment as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes. Skillfully applied equine movement, under the direction of a therapist, can offer the patient the opportunity for complex motor learning. The motivation of receiving therapy with the help of a horse, increases progress and results.

Equine-Assisted Learning

Equine-assisted learning combines personal growth goals with equine activities. These sessions partner with the horse through groundwork. Some examples of goals could be: building communication skills, or learning teamwork all through customized lesson plans that create goals for the group. NVTRP collaborates with school groups, corporate teams and families, creating a non-judgmental space to practice these important life skills.

Community Partnerships

In 2009, NVTRP launched its Community Outreach program broadening its reach within the community. Working in partnership with other organizations that also serve key constituents, NVTRP provides riding and horsemanship lessons to groups in need of additional services. This has been a wonderful way to allow new people to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of horses. Some examples of NVTRP’s community partners are: Second Story, MVLE, Larmax Homes, Washington School for Girls, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County.

Recovering Military Service Personnel

NVTRP offers special sessions for recovering military service personnel. These lessons are a mixture of therapeutic riding and equine assisted learning and focus on the participants relationship-building with the horse, which allows for healing in many ways. Horses are non-judgmental partners who thrive on positive relationships and teamwork, helping these individuals continue to return to this new situation and create bonds with humans as well as horses.

Summer Camp

NVTRP provides half-day community lesson and therapeutic riding summer camps. Summer camps include riding lessons; hands-on, educational horsemanship sessions; games; arts and crafts; and lots of opportunities for small group socialization in a supportive setting.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding teaches individuals who live with disabilities how to ride a horse. Individuals gain physical, social and emotional rewards through challenging and stimulating activities. Increases are seen in balance, strength, coordination, confidence, concentration and self-discipline while having fun! Horseback riding has been shown to be one of the most beneficial forms of recreation for people with all types of disabilities. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate in therapeutic riding, but there is no maximum age limit!  Lessons are taught by PATH Int‘l certified instructors, trained to adapt riding skills for all different abilities. This program has a waitlist and once an appropriate group lesson slot is available, participants sign up for seasons of lessons. Our spring and fall sessions are 14 weeks long and winter and summer are 7 weeks. Riders attend one class a week on the same day and time each week. The full cost (subject to change if schedule changes) is $930 for spring and fall and $468 for winter and summer. See more information in “Frequently Asked Questions.“

Complete this packet to be added to the waitlist.

Recovering Military Service Personnel

NVTRP offers special sessions for recovering military service personnel. These lessons are a mixture of riding and ground work and focus on the participants relationship-building with the horse, which allows for healing in many ways. Horses are non-judgmental partners who thrive on positive relationships and teamwork. Working with horses requires clear, confident communication; a calm, focused intention; and being physically active and outdoors. All of these and are essential to helping recovering military service personnel adapt to the world out of service or home with family again. Other benefits of NVTRP are the warm, welcoming staff and volunteers and the tranquil nature of the environment which helps these individuals continue to return to this new situation and create bonds with humans as well as horses.  NVTRP partners with a local military installation.

For more details, please contact the NVTRP office directly at (703)-764-0269 or office@nvtrp.org.

Community Outreach

Physical and Occupational

Therapy

NVTRP provides physical therapy and occupational therapy using the horse movement as a modality. Our physical and occupational therapists use this treatment strategy, called hippotherapy, to achieve functional goals for people who live with disabilities or impairments. The motivation of receiving therapy with the help of a horse, increases progress and results.  Children must be at least 2 years old to qualify, but there is no maximum age limit! Prescriptions are required. See more information in “Frequently Asked Questions.“

Complete this packet to be added to the waitlist for OT.

Complete this packet to be added to the waitlist for PT.

Equine-Assisted Learning

Psychotherapy and Counseling

In 2009, NVTRP launched its Community Outreach program broadening its reach within the community. Working in partnership with other organizations that also serve key constituents, NVTRP provides riding and horsemanship lessons to groups in need of additional services. This has been a wonderful way to allow new people to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of horses. Some examples of NVTRP’s community partners are: Second Story, MVLE, Larmax Homes, Washington School for Girls, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier County.

For more information or to schedule riding for your group, please contact the NVTRP office directly at (703) 764- 0269 or office@nvtrp.org.

Equine-Assisted Learning combines academics and life skills with horses. These sessions partner with the horse through groundwork. Some examples of goals could be: improving literacy, building communication skills, or learning teamwork all through customized lesson plans that create goals for the group. NVTRP collaborates with school groups and corporate teams, creating a non-judgmental space to practice these important life skills. We specialize in a leadership curriculum strengthening the building blocks of confidence, self expression, tolerance, communication, respect and more.

For more details, please contact the NVTRP office directly at (703)-764-0269 or office@nvtrp.org.

NVTRP partners with Ioana Marcus of Equibliss Psychotherapy to offer individual and group psychotherapy and counseling. Ioana takes an experiential and relational approach, focused on mindfulness and self-discovery facilitated by our equine friends and teachers. The relationship with the horses helps deepen relationships with self, not only in recovery, but way beyond.

For more information and to schedule services: https://ioanamarcus.com/

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Mailing address:

6429 Clifton Road, Clifton,VA 20124

 

Physical address:

12933 Popes Head Road. Clifton, VA 20124

Entrance to the farm is on Popes Head Road.

Please contact us for a tour of our facilities.

703-764-0269

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