There are many benefits to therapeutic riding; while teaching riding and horsemanship skills, life goals are achieved by the students. It is more than just a pony ride — our students learn leadership skills, decision-making, and experience improved communication & teamwork while sharpening their cognitive skills. At Renew, our certified professional staff considers the student’s life goals, and seeks to incorporate these goals into the riding lesson. Each lesson is specifically catered to various learning styles including the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. While learning to ride, the riders are challenged physically and experience improvements in balance, muscle coordination, endurance, and strength. Riding a horse is a holistic way to learn and to be challenged on many different levels. We celebrate our rider’s accomplishments each week as they develop and grow not just as riders, but as people.
By partnering with teachers and therapists from local schools, therapeutic riding lessons are available during the school day and incorporated as part of the class curriculum. To date, we have served Holland Christian Schools, Holland Public Schools, West Ottawa Public Schools, Zeeland Public Schools, Fennville Public Schools and the Ottawa Area Center.
Renew TRC has partnered with Hamilton Virtual Schools to offer therapeutic horsemanship to homeschooled students. Through their time working with the herd at Renew, students develop an understanding of safe and effective horsemanship, riding skills, equine education, and barn management. This program is available during the fall and late spring sessions.
Renew also offers programs to area group homes for adults to gain physical fitness, socialize, and learn new life skills. We maintain partnerships with homes such as Benjamin’s Hope Life Enrichment program, adults from Harbor House Ministries in Jenison, and other local group homes.
Renew TRC offers virtual programming to area assisted living centers and senior day centers. During these 30 minute virtual meetings, we offer time for sharing positive memories, educational opportunities, and a chance to interact with a horse. We also send our partners sensory kits to engage residents who we hope will be able to join us in person on the farm some day.
Summer Specialty Programs
We are excited to be offering many different Equine Assisted Learning opportunities and camps in August of 2022. Each camp is tailored to meet the needs of the specific campers while introducing and expanding knowledge of horsemanship. These camps are a ton of fun, as campers get to spend a longer period of time at the barn, while learning alongside their friends and volunteers.
Some of the different camps that will be offered include grief camp, sibling camp, an adult therapeutic riding camp, and more.
Are you interested in participating at Renew? We would love to meet you! Here is how you can get involved as a rider:
- Email email@example.com or call 616.22RENEW ext. 3 to schedule a barn tour and to answer any questions you may have.
- Complete the paperwork: Participant Application and Physician’s Statement are both due prior to the first lesson. Please note that the Release of Information form only needs to be filled out if your student will be attending with a group home or school group.
Thank you for your interest in Renew TRC. Please contact Shaina at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.