The Staten Island Recreational Association, Inc. is a not - for - profit (501c3) corporation. We are the only fully insured PATH Intl.(Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) certified center on Staten Island.
Our program uses only PATH Intl. certified instructors to ensure quality and safety for everyone involved. Each instructor is also certified inFIRST AIDandCPR.We are devoted to improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities.
With the unique combination of horses, our program is able to achieve therapeutic goals in an atmosphere that is all about fun. It is our goal to be able to provide all participants who come to us an opportunity to experience our magic regardless of their financial status.
Our program Goals are:
To provide children with disabilities an opportunity to participate in our unique horseback riding program.
To improve the physical condition of our participants through strength, relaxation, mobility, balance, and coordination.
To improve the quality of life of our participants through increased self-confidence.
To increase socialization and interpersonal relationships using our horses, while providing an enjoyable recreational experience.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us anytime.
"PATH Intl. is a membership organization that fosters safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities through education, communication, standards and research for people with and without disabilities."
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes equine facilitated therapy and activity programs in the United States and Canada. Currently, more than 650 PATH Intl. program centers serve some 30,000 individuals with disabilities. Each year, dozens of new centers initiate new programs and thousands of individuals profit from these beneficial activities.
Since 1969, PATH Intl. (formerly known as NARHA) has ensured that therapeutic riding is both safe for, and accessible to, those in need. In that time the field of therapeutic riding has expanded along with the numbers of individuals profiting from involvement with horses. Today PATH Intl. represents a growing number of equine assisted therapies and activities, including recreational riding for individuals with disabilities, hippotherapy, equine assisted psychotherapy, driving, vaulting, competition and other· therapeutic and educational interactions with horses.
PATH Intl. is proud to provide opportunities for people with varying ability levels to challenge themselves physically and emotionally and to set goals to improve their quality of life via the horse. Training professionals to support and facilitate this process, educating the public about the positive impact of the human/animal bond and setting national standards for safe and effective equine facilitated therapy/ activities will continue to dictate our growth.
More than 30,000 individuals with disabilities are served each year through PATH Intl. programs. The American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association as a valuable adjunct to traditional forms of therapy recognize equine Facilitated Therapy and Activities. NARHA is also the accrediting organization for Easter Seals' camps with equine activities. Other organizations participating in NARHA programs include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Special Olympics, Spina 8ifida Association and United Cerebral Palsy.
The riders, clients, therapists, instructors and volunteers involved in PATH Intl. recognize the profound significance of equine facilitated therapy and activities. Over 670 PATH Intl. centers around the nation and in Canada facilitate the personal growth and newfound wellness offered through the various interactions with horses in the equestrian environment.
Therapeutic riding has been used since the early 1950s in Europe as a tool for improving the lives of individuals with physical disabilities. PATH Intl (formerly NARHA) was founded in 1969 to promote and support therapeutic riding in the United States and Canada. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical and/or emotional disability can benefit from therapeutic riding, driving, vaulting, competition or other purposeful, safe and supervised interaction with equines.
Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.
Local, State, National and even International Competition often is the logical progression for individuals with disabilities who have mastered equestrian skills and seek to further challenge themselves.
The sense of independence and acceptance found through these activities with the horse benefits all.
Individuals with the following disabilities commonly participate and benefit from equine facilitated therapy and activities:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Attention Deficit Disorder
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International a membership of 4,000 individuals and over 670 PATH Intl. programs around the country. 5000 specially screened and trained horses make safe interactions possible