To enrich the lives of persons with special needs/disabilities and foster functional independence with increased self-confidence and improved skills of daily living through the use of safe and enjoyable adaptive, equine-assisted activities.
Equestrian Zone is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, that provides Adaptive riding and hippotherapy to individuals with disabilities. We serve children and adults with a wide diversity of physical, cognitive, mental and emotional disabilities.
Horseback riding moves the rider’s body in a manner most similar to a human gait; therefore, riders show improvement in posture, balance, muscle control, and sensory motor skills. Psychologically, riders make gains in self-awareness, self-confidence, self-discipline and concentration. As the legs of these beautiful animals become the legs of our riders, they are permitted a sense of freedom and mobility seldom experienced elsewhere in their lives. A very special bond is established between horse and rider which encourages unconditional love, trust and self-worth.
We provide an environment rich in the sights and smells of farm life that is conveniently located between Russellville and Dardanelle. Participants come to Equestrian Zone for its unique programs, its experienced staff, its convenient location and its clean, accessible facility. Rider, and their parents and doctors, are pleased with the benefits gained through participation at Equestrian Zone.
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. Hippotherapy is utilized as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes.
Adaptive Riding is a term that encompasses a variety of equine activities in which people with disabilities participate. The emphasis is on riding skills development.
You can click on the links below to find out more information about Hippotherapy accredited facility:
American Hippotherapy Association
As a nonprofit organization we rely heavily on the generosity of caring individuals and service groups. Opportunities for volunteering vary from assisting with horses and riders, to odd jobs or data entry, to helping with special events and fundraising activities. Willing hands and a warm heart are all that’s needed to make a huge and lasting impact on the lives of people with disabilities.
Are you looking to help out in the River Valley community? If so, please take a moment and download the necessary forms to become a volunteer with Equestrian Zone. You can then either email the forms, mail the forms, or bring them by. It is that simple. And we would love to have you.
The riding center is located at 19769 Hwy 154W Dardanelle, AR 72834
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In a New Zone Equestrians Heal - ABOUT the River Valley
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