Camp Care Inc. has added a sensory riding trail to the indoor and outdoor arena. “We are very excited about this new addition to our program. About 60% of our riders are ready to progress to trail riding and the sensory stations are a huge added bonus. There are not many programs with sensory riding trails in this area” – Laureen Moran, PT, Executive Director Camp Care,Inc
A Sensory Riding Trail is a rich learning environment of woodland path that consist of natural sights and sounds, and man-made “activity stations.” This integrated environment challenges the students’ balance, stimulates their senses and encourages them to interact with the world around them. The addition of the trail will allow riders another opportunity to engage in activities to enhance their development.
Sensory stimulation is an integral part of therapy in that it can increase tone with those who have low muscle tone, and/or provide relaxation in high tone postures. Sensory integration allows individuals to interact with the world around them and progress in development.
Camp Care provides equine assisted activities to individuals with disabilities through a therapeutic riding program. The therapeutic benefits of horseback riding are numerous and recognized as beneficial by many medical professions, including the American Physical Therapy Association and The American Occupational Therapy Association.
The therapeutic riding program began in 2003 with one riding session and in November 2012 expanded to a year round program due to the completion of an indoor riding arena. The sessions now run for nine weeks at an indoor and outdoor facility located next to Crossroads Physical Therapy in Columbia CT.
Camp Care’s therapeutic riding program has been named a Premier Accredited Center by PATH, Int’l, The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, and International. This prestigious accreditation recognizes Camp Care’s excellence in providing equine-assisted activities. Camp Care is the only therapeutic riding program that has been accredited by PATH in the surrounding area.
First Niagara Bank and Arlene and Dr. Milt Berkman donated the funds to provide the initial trail construction and activity stations.