MAKING STRIDES OF VIRGINIA recognizes the increase in the number of individuals in our community with special needs or military service-related injuries that are living without essential services. To address these gaps, our staff members have established programs and services that offer a safe and secure environment in which to participate in a variety of exercises and opportunities to interact with our equestrian staff.
ADAPTIVE RIDING (aka Therapeutic Riding) AND CARRIAGE DRIVING: Equines are an essential Sensory Integration tool. Whether participating in adaptive riding or driving sessions, participants can improve their motor coordination by engaging the sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems. Our comprehensive program also allows individuals to improve their vertical and horizontal balance, increase muscle tone, and develop healthy lifestyle habits. In addition, our services address the emotional and educational needs of our clients. Adaptive riding programs have proven to positively impact the communication skills of our clients through the bond they form with the horse.
ACTIVE MILITARY AND VETERANS: To reach as many individuals as possible, our organization also offers our adaptive riding and driving services to military veterans in need. This program is specifically designed for military personnel who suffer from PTSD or other physical/psychological ailments. Our equine programs involve more than just riding lessons – some of the greatest benefits come from the simplest acts of grooming and caring for the horses. We utilize horse grooming and riding to encourage no-impact stretching and bending, providing for both mental and physical benefits for veterans experiencing service-related disabilities.
Making Strides of Virginia will continue to practice strong financial stewardship with the funding that we obtain. The community support that we receive will allow our organization to purchase essential equipment and provide services.