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ROAW is a member center of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl. (PATH Intl.) PATH Intl. is the premier professional organization which provides standards for safe and ethical equine interaction through education, research and communication. ROAW is currently pursuing accreditation to become the only Premier Accredited Center in this area.
Physical benefits: Riders with physical challenges experience improved balance and coordination, joint mobility and reduced spasticity, all of which transfer into their daily lives by increasing core strength, trunk and head control. These results allow our riders the ability to hold themselves upright for long periods of time (i.e. bathing and/or dressing), fewer muscle spasms, and increased range of motion.  In turn, decreasing the pain many deal with on a daily basis.
Cognitive benefits:  Riders with cognitive, social or emotional challenges experience improved motor planning, sequencing, and attention to task. Many gain greater self-confidence, patience, and empathy.  Equine Assisted Therapy also works as an aid in calming senses, such as sight, sound, and touch. 
These results and skills allow our riders to function more efficiently within their family settings and in the classroom, allowing them to engage productively in daily activities.‚Äč


Katie Carroll

Location Felton, Minnesota
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Children
  5. Cognitive disorders
  6. Disabilities
  7. Equine-assisted activities
  8. Equine-facilitated psychotherapy
  9. Farms
  10. Horseback riding therapy
  11. Horses
  12. Mammals
  13. Physical Disorders
  14. Therapeutic horsemanship