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SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program

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SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program is unique because we implement different practices of Equine Assisted Activities, to promote inclusion and urban horsemanship, for the healing and improvement of life skills.

It is widely recognized that the interaction, between humans and horses, offers a variety of physical, mental, emotional and intellectual benefits.  Equine Assisted Activities complement the work of a variety of therapeutic, developmental and life coaching professionals.

SPIRIT serves the community by providing Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning programs, for individuals, families and groups. What makes SPIRIT so special is the proven history of collaboration between trained professionals, volunteers, clients and the local government, all working together to provide community-oriented programs that are committed to improving the quality of life of all involved.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Reston, VA
Status Active
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Equine-assisted activities
  4. Equine-assisted learning
  5. Equine-facilitated psychotherapy
  6. Horsemanship
  7. Horses
  8. Mammals
  9. open access
  10. therapeutic riding programs
  11. Virginia
  1. open access