BWTRP's mission is to provide a safe, fun and positive equine activity and go "Beyond Wishes" for individuals with dis-abilitiesand to promote and support the industry and educate the public on the benefits of riding and ground therapies relating to the horse. Our program is conducted under the guidelines of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) (www.pathintl.org).
Therapeutic riding provides an enjoyable and safe activity that has been shown to be one of the most beneficial forms of recreation for people with all types of disabilities and special needs. The relationship with a horse can greatly enrich an individual's sense of well being. While riding, they will find the horse's motion similar to human walking. Ground therapy can also bring many rewards enhancing one's life. To all, there are benefits large and small: physical, cognitive and emotional.
Horsebackriding and ground therapy provide the following benefits:
Improved eye-hand coordination by increasing strength, flexibility, balance and coordination
Improved confidence and self-esteem by instilling an overall sense of well-being, accomplishment and responsibility
Increased positive emotional behavior, social interaction and life skills
Increased communications, memory, speech and learning skills
Increased attention, concentration and visual skills
Improved funcion of all activities of daily living
BWTRP is located near Hinton, West Virginia -
Directions: 2.5 miles up Zion Mountain Road from WV Route 3 in Bellepoint to the fork at Hartwell Road. Turn left, go 1.5 miles to "Rios Place"