Rising Stars started as a small program with a Big Dream. Serving just 18 participants in its "pilot program in 2009; the program is now entering its 10th season. Our original mission was to provide hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to those in need in the south central Idaho area in a safe, caring environment at little or no charge to the participant.. In this 10 years we've expanded in both quantity and quality of services we provide; now serving about 95 participants weekly during the summer months. With this growth has come the realization that its still only a drop in a bucket. Rising Stars can offer much more! After years of steady support from our community and hard work from our staff and volunteers we were able to purchase our own property! We now have 20 acres with a view that we are rebuilding on! For us this means opportunity to offer veterans programs, equine facilitated psychotherapy, cooperative programs with schools and other human service organizations, and simply to allow our participants to benefit from their trusty equine friends for more than just 6 months. Our immediate goal is to be up and running in an outdoor arena by June 1st but now our big dream is funding and construction of an indoor arena with attached therapy rooms/ offices/ family area!
We've come so far because of generosity of alot of people. Now we need this support to continue as we sustain Rising Stars through more growth and help us get this indoor facility built so that our services are not affected by the season and weather. Please share our story with anybody that might be able to help. Equine Therapy and its benefits have been recognized for many years.It is a method of increasing the physical, mental, emotional and developmental capabilities for individuals with disabilities, functional limitation or medical issues.There is a healing interaction between horses, riders and people who help them. Benefits Include: Improved Balance and Mobility Increased Physical Strength Improved Posture and Spinal Alignment Increased Flexibility Better Circulation/Cardio-vascular Health Improved Communication Skills Confidence and Self Esteem Increased Social Interaction More Normalized Walking Gaits Improved Quality of Life and great joy!
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and/or speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. Hippotherapy is always conducted by a liscensed therapist who utilizes the horse itself as a therapy tool.
Therapeutic riding sometimes called adaptive riding is conducted either individually or in a small group setting, depending on the needs of the individual. It is conducted by a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and focuses on increasing individual riding skills while gaining a therapeutic benefit such as improved muscle tone and strength, improved hand/eye coordination and balance, improved communication and increased self esteem and self control. These two programs overlap in many areas, both optimizing the movement of the horse to teach a number of skills.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Right now our demand is large and our resources limited. We are doing the best we can to provide service to as many people as possible. Please contact us to get on our schedule or our waiting list. Disabilities commonly treated with equine therapy include, but are not limited to: Stroke, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Learning or Language Delays, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anger Issues, Physical and Mental Abuse, Low Self-Esteem, and Visual or Hearing Impairment.
If you wish to participate as a Hippotherapy patient, you must contact one of the therapists working with us, currently Primary Therapy Source and Horizon Therapy Services. If you wish to participate in the therapeutic riding program with a PATH Certified Instructor, you can contact the center at the contact information listed below.