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Located at 22361 Wyworry Lane, Tehachapi, CA 93561

THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING

Rising Star Riders, RSR, provides therapeutic horseback riding, unmounted instruction and mental health services.  We offer services to children and adults with physical and/or emotional challenges. During mounted instruction the participant learns how to properly mount the horse, control the horse, and develops a basic balanced position while riding.  During the lesson the participants will develop riding skills while increasing muscle tone and increasing a sense of mastery.  During unmounted instruction participants will learn how to halter, lead, groom and tack up the horse. The participant will learn new communication skills, will improve socialization and increase balance and stamina.  While participating they will gain a sense of control and confidence.

Population Served
Children and Adults with and without diagnosed disabilities, children in foster care or adopted. Individuals and families. Children and adults with mental illness and trauma history. LGBTQ youth and adults. 

Providing services starting at age 4 to 99.

Program Short-Term Success
Increases in physical strength, flexibility and balance may improve after the client participates for 8 or more one hour sessions.  Empirical research is limited, but indications in studies do show effectiveness in the program within 6 – 12 sessions of mounted instruction.

Program Long – Term Success
Children and adults will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses.  Participants may increase physical strength and flexibility, reduce intensity of distress, improve GAF scores, increase psychological well-being, and improve positive behaviors while reducing negative behaviors.  There may also be an increase in the ability to communicate, and positive changes in social acceptance and conduct.

Program Success Monitored By
Program success in documented with an initial intake packet which includes questions pertaining to the participants current limitations and expectations of the program.  Progress notes are kept to measure success and each lesson has a measurable objective.  Goals are set for each student and reviewed bi-annually.

Examples of Program Success
A client’s mother shared with us her testimony on the programs success for her daughter.  The doctors told this mother that her daughter would never walk and may never speak.  The mother had tried all types of therapy for her daughter but they seemed unsuccessful  and her daughter would always protest going.  This mother then called a therapeutic riding program and although she was reluctant to put her then 5 year old daughter on a horse she was willing to try something new. Her daughter was interested right away with the horses and had an instant bond. The mother could not believe how her daughter took to the horses.  Her daughter started with a leader and two side walkers.  In a matter of a few months her daughter started walking on her own two feet and climbed up the steps to mount the horse.  Within a year her daughter was guiding a horse all by herself and had started trotting.  At the end of two years of therapeutic riding her daughter was riding independently, at the walk, trot and canter.  Her mother is still concerned about her being on such a large animal and can’t bear to watch when her daughter asks if she can go over the jumps.  Yes, now she is jumping over low cross-rails with a huge smile on her face.  I don’t know whether this progress would have happened without horses in this child’s life, but watching her run and play games with others on her own two feet is something no one expected for this little girl.  It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and mature and I look forward to seeing where the horseback riding will take her next.