Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Do you provide services for adults?
A:  No, we are a pediatric facility, serving children ages 3-18.  

Q:  Is there a waiting list?
A:  At MTRP, we do not have a set number of weeks or sessions that the children are scheduled to ride for and so riders may stay for as little as a few months to as long as several years. Therefore, we often have a waiting list and we cannot guarantee an opening at any specific time. We do our best to get new riders into an opening as soon as possible.

Q: What are our payment options?
A:  At MTRP we do our best to work with each rider and their family to find affordable options to pay for services. We work with several third party funding sources and we accept various grants/scholarships from other organizations. It is best to contact us to speak specifically about your child's situation.

Q: How long does a typical session last?
A: Children typically ride once a week for 30 minutes.

Q:  Do I need to purchase a helmet for my child to ride?
A:  MTRP requires horseback riding helmets for all riders. We do have several available for children to borrow during their sessions. You are welcome to purchase your own helmet for your child as long as it is PATH International approved (must be  a horseback riding helmet).

Q:  Do you provide services year-round?  
A:  Yes, MTRP is open year-round. We always ride in our indoor arena for safety purposes.  MTRP does close if Kenosha Unified School District is closed due to snow and any time there is a heat advisory for Kenosha County and at other times up to our discretion.

How Does It Work?

Physical
  • ‚ÄčImproved balance & equilibrium
  • Improved coordination
  • Improved head & trunk control
  • Improved postural alignment
  • Normalization of tone

Physiological
  • Positive effect on respiration & circulation
  • Positive effect on bowel & bladder

Sensory Motor
  • Provides strong graded tactile, proprioceptive, and vestibular input
  • Improved motor planning
  • Improved bilateral coordination
  • Improved spatial awareness

Psychological
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved motivation
  • Improved socialization

Benefits

Clients with a variety of disorders, including but not limited to the following:
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Developmental Delay
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Learning or Language Disabilities
Yet, therapeutic riding and hippotherapy are not for everyone.  Potential clients must be evaluated on an individual basis and a physician's release is required for all clients.

Who Can Benefit?

Hippotherapy literally means, "treatment with the help of a horse."  Licensed therapists use the horse as a therapy tool.  Hippotherapy doesn't teach riding skills, but uses the movement of the horse to influence the rider's posture, balance, function, and sensory processing.

Hippotherapy does require a physician's referral and may be payable by insurance.
The horse's gait is very similar to a human's:  the length of the stride, number of strides per minute, and the three planes of movement (medial/lateral, anterior/posterior, and up/down).  For some of our riders, it is the first time they have been able to feel what walking is like.

What is Hippotherapy?

Therapeutic horseback riding (not the same as hippotherapy) emphasizes and teaches riding skills taught by PATH International registered instructors. 

Lessons incorporate life skills and IEP goals in an enjoyable setting.  The rider learns how to control the horse, giving them a great sense of accomplishment.

What is Therapeutic Horseback Riding?


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