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 for 2019
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. Read a parent's testimonial about the benefits of therapeutic riding.
Weekly classes consist of 3-4 students, 6-15 volunteers, and a PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship)-certified instructor. Each classes is 50 minutes long, starting at 6:00pm (to 6:50pm) and 7:00pm (to 7:50pm). 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. Scholarships are available for assistance with class fees.
Hippotherapy Sessions for 2019
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 ChildServe, 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. Read one student's testimony about hippotherapy.
Horse 101 for 2019
This 4-week class is centered on learning about the horse from the ground. Students learn about horse care, body parts of the horse, grooming, horse health, horse illness, and how to lead a horse. Classes are limited to 4 students and each class is 50 minutes long.
Heroes in Motion for 2019
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. Read a veteran's testimonial.
This 10-week program focuses on communication, anxiety reduction, impulse modulation, assertiveness, and creative freedom. This program is limited to U.S. veterans and is grant funded. Each class is 2 hours long, from 1-3pm, and limited to 6 students.