During therapeutic riding, a special needs
individual’s body moves in a way very similar to
human walking. The horse moves up and down; side to
side; and back and forth in synchronized, repetitive
patterns, much the same as the human gait. This
movement improves the rider’s balance, body
symmetry, muscle tone, and head and neck control.
The success of the riders has been
unbelievable. Two of our autistics non-verbal
children spoke their first words after a month of
therapeutic riding. The children were able to ask
the horse to "walk" and praise the horse by saying
"good boy Slapshot".
are a member of PATH Intl. PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has nearly 800 member centers and over 6,300 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 42,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activity and therapy programs.
Ranch is a member of PATH Intl., and has been in operation
since September, 2007.
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Q & A on Therapeutic Riding
Read an Q&A with WCR Founder Jennifer Pape, as appeared in SHE Magazine, Kenosha WI.
WILLOW CREEK RANCH IS GROWING AND WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have an ambitious goal to raise funds for a major improvement in the ability of Willow Creek Ranch to provide on-going safety and consistency for our special riders. Currently, we are at the mercy of our wonderful Wisconsin weather and we want to provide an indoor arena to eliminate late cancellations of lessons due to rainstorms, cold weather or the hot sun.
Our goal is to raise $250,000 to build a facility for riding with a parent/visitor viewing area, tack room, handicapped accessible restroom, horse stalls, and a multi-purpose room for training, meetings and vocational therapy.
WE ARE ON OUR WAY!
Families, friends and volunteers of Willow Creek Ranch have already spread the word. Download a copy of our letter/testimonials/donation form >
Thank you to the following major supporters of our program:
Mike & Jennifer Krupp
RESK Consulting, LLC - wishing great luck to great people!
Greg & Lee Ann Aronson
Fred L. Kann
Attorney Lincoln K. Murphy "Best wishes and good luck for a successful 2015 rodeo."
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