At Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center we use horses to work effectively with adults and children who, due to disabilities or complex medical conditions, need assistance in developing the kinds of everyday skills that allow them to function more independently at home, school, or work.
We offer several options for people with physical, motor, social, or cognitive disabilities, including therapeutic riding classes, hippotherapy sessions, un-mounted programs, or a combination of these experiences to aid in rehabilitation, therapy routines, and strengthening.
Therapeutic Riding Classes
Therapeutic riding classes focus on building strength and confidence for riders with social, motor, or other developmental challenges. On a horse, these children feel like "everyone else" and develop their skills at a remarkable rate that carries over to other improvements in day-to-day life. Weekly classes consist of 2-6 students, 6-15 volunteers, and a PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship)-certified instructor. Students are grouped according to age and ability, and are given goals provided by the instructor. Lesson plans are designed to provide students with the opportunity to succeed. Classes are weekly for 50 minutes for five weeks and cost $225. Scholarships are available for assistance with class fees.
Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy used by trained physical, occupational, and speech therapists as part of an integrated therapy plan of care. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development, and emotional well-being (AHA, 2011). Miracles has partnered with St. Luke's Witwer Children's Therapy Center, Mercy Medical Center, the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities & Development, and Children's Center for Therapy. Sessions are 30 minutes long. Billing is done through the therapy agencies.
Horse 101 - New in Fall 2017
This class is centered on learning about the horse from the ground. It will be a four week, one class per week program. Students will learn about horse care, body parts of the horse, grooming, horse health, horse illness, and how to lead a horse.
Heroes in Motion
Resuming in spring 2018
The Heroes in Motion Program is designed with not only the veteran in mind, but also the family or partners that provide support and are also experiencing challenges and changes. For that reason, we offer sessions for couples to work side by side in our program or work to create some events in which the entire family can participate to reduce the sense of isolation and create a shared experience. The program focuses on communication, anxiety reduction, impulse modulation, assertiveness, and creative freedom. Scholarships are available to cover class fees.