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Special Equestrians Therapeutic Riding Association

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The Special Equestrians Therapeutic Riding Association was born out of necessity and a discussion in 2003.  With a solid and dedicated board of directors, trained instructors and its charitable status all in place, SpEqTRA began with five students in 2005.  We now service over 50 clients, steadily increasing our numbers over the years at a manageable rate.

Research has shown the beneficial results therapeutic riding provides in rehabilitation following stroke, head injury, and traumatic brain damage and has shown critical improvements in the treatment of mental health issues and learning disabilities, through the human-animal bonding process.

The horse provides rhythmical, multidimensional movement that facilitates many changes in the rider, improving balance, coordination, muscle strength, muscle tone, self-confidence and self-esteem,

attention span, independence and social integration.

In the words of a client and a special young lady with cerebral palsy, “Riding just gives me courage really, it makes me feel really proud of myself.”

SpEqTRA provides individual programming focusing on individual achievements, meeting each participant at their level of ability and encouraging them to reach new goals.

International research continues to advance therapeutic riding programs in Canada, making an important difference in the lives of children and adults with mobility, cognitive, visual and hearing impairments.

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We are looking for people 14 years of age and older

To assist children and adults with special needs during their riding lessons.

Experience with horses is not necessary, but you should love both children and walking.

A volunteer training clinic will be provided.

Students looking for community service hours are welcome.

Please contact Liz Windsor if you are interested or have questions

At 519-322-2463

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February 2017

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Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association

CanTRA was formed in 1980 to promote challenge and achievement for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. There are now more than 100 member centres across Canada providing high quality therapeutic, recreation and sport programs.

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