CTREE, the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End, is holding an open house on Monday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Wolffer Estates Stables, 41 Narrow Lane East in Sagaponack, New York.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the staff, riders and horses, observe actual therapeutic riding lessons, and learn how this amazing program helps children and young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Furthermore, instructors, volunteers, parents, and board members will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information.
Studies show the distinctive, three-dimensional movement of the horse provides the input needed to help a rider with sensory integration issues as well as producing specific physical changes such as increased balance, muscle control and strength. Equine assisted activities such as grooming and tacking the horse help the rider with sequencing skills and fine motor coordination. The relationships that develop between riders and volunteers and staff provide a positive emotional experience. The horse provides many riders with the motivation to learn new things, and learning specific riding skills increases the riders self esteem.
CTREE is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization located on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, and is a member center of North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). CTREE lessons follow the NARHA guidelines and are taught by NARHA certified instructors. Program horses and volunteer staff are specially trained. All lessons are held at Wolffer Estate Stables, 41 Narrow Lane East in Sagaponack.