Reservoir Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center
The mission of the Massachusetts Hospital School is to provide medical, rehabilitative, recreational and educational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of life.
Throughout the world horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of recreational, physical, occupational, speech, and psychological therapy for people with disabilities. Through the Massachusetts Hospital School’s Reservoir Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Centers’ programs, the participants are given the opportunity to explore themselves and their abilities with the assistance of a horse. Therapeutic horseback riding offers the children and young adults the opportunity to increase self-confidence and pride and to cherish the sense of accomplishment. Caring for the animals creates responsibility, trust, and dependability. The bond between a child and a horse nurtures trust, companionship, and an understanding that allows the disabled child or young adult the freedom to conquer fears and obstacles as well as gain independence.
Therapeutic horseback riding, also known, as Equine Assisted Therapy, Equine Facilitated Therapy, and Riding for the Disabled, combines the physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits while learning to ride a horse. For example, while learning to steer, stop and turn a horse, they receive the many underlying benefits therapeutic horseback riding has to offer. The ability to control a horse as well as one's own body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork. Best of all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between rider and horse and promotes personal challenge.