Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association improves the quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional, educational and behavioral disabilities, youth at risk, abused and neglected children and the elderly through equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT).

In Whitewater programs, individuals ranging in age from young children to those just young at heart, come together with a certified instructor, amazing volunteers and very special horses to experience the thrills and benefits of equine assisted activities.

For the young it may mean learning a new skill, for the elderly it may mean reconnecting with a memory, for others it may mean overcoming a fear, gaining trust or experiencing the movement of a muscle long forgotten.  Whatever the primary goal  the individual’s sense of accomplishment and joy in achievement is the best measure of success.  Smiles and soft pats on the neck of the equine partner are the rewards.

Whitewater programs are available regardless of ability to pay. Funding for the program is received through donations, fundraising, grants and community use membership to Whitewater’s indoor arena.

Whitewater also provides community based and integrated programs, including 4-H, city recreation programs and equine experiences for the elderly.

Benefits Include:

  • Development of balance, posture and coordination
  • Improved strength, muscle tone, circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Increased joint mobility and range of motion
  • Independence, integration, sense of achievement
  • Increased spatial and body awareness
  • Improved language and communication skills
  • Increased ability to organize, perform tasks in sequence and improve attention span
  • Increased self-confidence and motivation
  • Development of skills necessary for independent living
  • Increased recreational opportunities
  • Increased integration opportunities in community-based      activities
  • Increased employment readiness
  • Lots of fun!

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