Services overview

Here at Summit Equestrian Center, we offer several specializations of Equine Therapy.  Each service helps toward different goals; physical, emotional, sensory, social.  Look through these descriptions and please contact us if you have any questions.

 
 
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Adaptive riding

At Summit Equestrian, our goal is to help our riders to be as independent as possible as they ride their horse.  We encourage each rider to collect their own equipment, help groom and tack their horse, then ride with pride in themselves and their accomplishments.  Our horse shows serve as showcases for all the hard work invested by each team of rider, horse and volunteers.  

We offer 30 minute or 45 minute small group lessons or one-on-one adaptive riding lessons.  The groups are created by similar ability and age to make riding more fun.  Often times we integrate our beginner riders with our adaptive riders, making the experience a richer one for everyone involved. 

We have experience with helping riders work toward a wide variety of goals in our riding program, from physical goals like gross and fine motor skills and core strengthening, learning goals like sequence memory an direction following, sensory processing goals with a variety of inputs and stimulation, and social goals like engaging with peers or impulse control.  All these life improving accomplishments are done fluidly with the help of our wonderful horse teammates, plus its fun!

Learn more about therapeutic riding by visiting www.PATHIntl.org 

Click here to download our paperwork

Email us with any questions you have about our adaptive riding program


Equine-Facilitated COUNSELING

Experiential counseling with horses takes the goals from traditional therapy and outside the box... literally.  Its a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist, a horse professional and horses to help our clients address treatment goals.  The focus of Equine Facilitated Counseling is not horsemanship skillsor riding, but working through ground activities involving horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills.  Nonverbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by Equine Facilitated Counseling. 

In our sessions we address a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavior issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

Our ideal clients have tried traditional therapy without success, often learning what they need to say to "get through" the session.  When they work with the horse their words don't count, their actions and emotions do.  Clients get the opportunity to practice healthy skills in real time with feedback without the typical burdens of feeling judgement.  

Learn more about Equine Facilitated Counseling by visiting www.EAGALA.org 

Click here to download our paperwork.

Email us with any questions you have about the counseling program

 

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Equine-facilitated Learning

Or as we like to call it, Centered Leadership.  There is so much we can learn about communication, teamwork and leadership when we cut out all the words.  At Summit we team up our clients with our horses to work toward a variety of goals that are more awkward to address outside of the arena. 

One of our horses involved in this program is a BLM Mustang that lived in the high desert by the Sierra Nevada mountains until he was three years old.  He is especially powerful for our clients with anxiety or PTSD because he looks on the outside like they feel on the inside.  When you feel you are making a difference for another being and finding insight to help your own challenges at the same time it opens the door for healing. 

We do individual and small group sessions.  Let us know about your goals and we will tell you more about how EFL can help. 


Hippotherapy

Summit Equestrian hosts one of Northeast Indiana's only Hippotherapy programs.  This is a unique specialty as it uses of movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by Physical Therapists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.  This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals.  The Summit Equestrian team is comprised of a Physical Therapist and two Physical Therapist Assistants with extensive Hippotherapy experience treating children with physical challenges.