At Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center, lives are changed one step at a time. With access to over 800 acres of land, both an outdoor and indoor riding arena, miles of natural trails, and wide open pastures in Northern Virginia, Simple Changes gives year-round riding lessons to individuals with disabilities, including autism, genetic syndromes, and cerebral palsy – offering the exhilarating, therapeutic experience of bonding with horses and with one another. The sensation of independent movement buoys the rider's confidence and spirits; lessons that include following directions and completing tasks in sequence develop cognitive skills; and the act of riding greatly improves strength, balance, and posture. Riders learn in small groups, allowing for both personal attention and social engagement, and everyone receives a 50% scholarship. A North American Riding for the Handicapped Association premiere accredited center, Simple Changes also offers hippotherapy (physical therapy based around the unique movement of a horse) and serves wounded veterans through its aptly-named Horses for Heroes program. To so many riders, it's simple changes that make all the difference.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Fairfax
Age Groups Served: Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Elderly; Grades K-5; Grades K-12; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12
Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 5%; Asian American, 10%; Caucasian, 75%; Multicultural, 10%
Population(s) Served: Disabled
Schools They Work In: Southeastern Alternative School in Catlett, VA
Awards & Recognition
P.A.T.H. Premier Accredited Center
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