Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding is located in Santa Fe and serves Northern and Central New Mexico. We are a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). We offer equine-assisted therapy to active military, veterans and their families, and anyone facing challenges including:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Brain Injury
- Substance Abuse Recovery
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Physical Injuries
- Cancer Treatment and Recovery
No previous experience with horses
is necessary. We match rider and
horse, with the safety and comfort of
both always first and foremost. Sessions begin with grooming and groundwork, which establish the human as the leader and creates a bond of trust between horse and rider. This helps riders improve focus for themselves and the horse and to communicate with sensitivity and patience. During these exercises, the horse helps the human learn to live in the present, rather than remain stuck in fear, pain, anger and other difficult emotions.
For those with physical challenges, equine-assisted therapy offers great outdoor exercise that helps build overall strength. An increase particularly in core strength greatly improves gait, flexibility and physical balance. When riding, the human body’s reaction to a horse’s gait is the same as it would be if the person were actually walking themselves. This motion is highly beneficial to the human, as it increases brain activity, muscle activity and strength, and oxygen distribution. These are benefits that our participants may not be able to achieve without the assistance of the horse.
Besides all that, it’s fun!
Interested in riding?
Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding and its PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes program provide the horse, saddle and tack, safety equipment, and instruction and support.
When choosing a therapeutic riding program be sure to ask the following questions:
Does the program director have experience operating a therapeutic riding program? Listening Horse: Yes
Is the head instructor PATH Intl. Certified & trained in equine therapeutic PTSD techniques? Listening Horse: Yes
Does the program have a professional equine liability insurance policy? Listening Horse: Yes
Does the program follow PATH Intl. safety guidelines to minimize your risk? Listening Horse: Yes
Does the program provide a low-key, calm and supportive atmosphere? Listening Horse: Yes
Is the program professionally managed and scheduled and not just a well-intentioned hobby? Listening Horse: Yes