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Who We Serve

Equine-Assisted Services (EAS)

Our programs cultivate the unique bond between horses and people to promote improvements in physical, cognitive and emotional health. Our PATH certified and trained instructors work with children and adults living with special needs, disabilities, and other conditions, providing personalized lessons and goals to help them achieve their personal best.

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Children & Adults
with Special Needs

We serve individuals with a wide range of special needs, including: 

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Down syndrome
  • Hearing and vision impairments
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Paralysis
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Speech impairments
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Other physical and cognitive disabilities

The Benefits

For clients with physical challenges, our programs can help improve strength, endurance,balance, body awareness, range of motion, hand-eye coordination, muscle control,motor skills, and many other aspects of physical health. Cognitive and emotional benefits include improved sensory integration and emotional regulation, higher self-esteem, and improved social and communication skills.

Individuals with Behavioral Health Issues

Equine-assisted services can help in the management of diverse behavioral health issues, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Event-related stress and trauma
  • Abuse
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Symptoms of traumatic brain injury

The Benefits

Program Content

Programs go beyond horseback riding lessons, featuring a personalized schedule of inclusive activities that may include caring for our specially trained horses, grooming them, or simply observing and interacting with them.

Rates

Current rates are $66 per group lesson and $90 per private lesson. Tuition is used to defray the cost of operating expenses and is charged as a flat, non-refundable fee. 

We offer a Monthly Payment Plan to help our clients meet the cost of tuition (not available for the summer session).

Please Note: Some insurance providers may reimburse participants for a portion of tuition fees, but we do not contact or bill them directly. Payment must be paid prior to the start of each program and participants and their families must apply for reimbursement through their provider.

Visit our Registration, Calendar & Tuition Page for more information.

Children & Adults
with Special Needs

We serve individuals with a wide range of special needs, including: 

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Down syndrome
  • Hearing and vision impairments
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Paralysis
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Speech impairments
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Other physical and cognitive disabilities

The Benefits

We serve individuals with a wide range of special needs, including: 

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Down syndrome
  • Hearing and vision impairments
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Paralysis
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Speech impairments
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Other physical and cognitive disabilities

Individuals with Behavioral Health Issues

Equine-assisted services can help in the management of diverse behavioral health issues, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Event-related stress and trauma
  • Abuse
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Symptoms of traumatic brain injury

Equine-assisted services can help in the management of diverse behavioral health issues, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Event-related stress and trauma
  • Abuse
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Symptoms of traumatic brain injury

The Benefits

Individuals with Behavioral Health Issues

Programs go beyond horseback riding lessons, featuring a personalized schedule of inclusive activities that may include caring for our specially trained horses, grooming them, or simply observing and interacting with them.

Rates

Current rates are $66 per group lesson and $90 per private lesson. Tuition is used to defray the cost of operating expenses and is charged as a flat, non-refundable fee. 

We offer a Monthly Payment Plan to help our clients meet the cost of tuition (not available for the summer session).

Please Note: Some insurance providers may reimburse participants for a portion of tuition fees, but we do not contact or bill them directly. Payment must be paid prior to the start of each program and participants and their families must apply for reimbursement through their provider.

Visit our Registration, Calendar & Tuition Page for more information.

How Our
Programs Work

Application &
Enrollment

Once a Participant Registration Form (available here) has been submitted, the information will be reviewed by our staff to determine whether Strongwater’s programs may be a good fit for the client’s needs and goals. Enrollment depends on both need and availability of resources.

Assessment &
Placement

Prior to enrollment, an in-person assessment of each applicant’s goals, abilities and comfort level helps confirm whether our services are a good fit. 

It also provides a framework for the development of programming that fits their unique needs, and helps us determine whether a participant will learn best in a group or private setting. 

There is a $50 Assessment Fee, payable at the time of the assessment. 

Program Content

Programs go beyond horseback riding lessons, featuring a personalized schedule of inclusive activities that may include caring for our specially trained horses, grooming them, or simply observing and interacting with them.

Rates

Current rates are $66 per group lesson and $90 per private lesson. Tuition is used to defray the cost of operating expenses and is charged as a flat, non-refundable fee. 

We offer a Monthly Payment Plan to help our clients meet the cost of tuition (not available for the summer session).

Please Note: Some insurance providers may reimburse participants for a portion of tuition fees, but we do not contact or bill them directly. Payment must be paid prior to the start of each program and participants and their families must apply for reimbursement through their provider.

Visit our Registration, Calendar & Tuition Page for more information.

Strongwater
Programs

Outside Groups

We offer customized programs for groups from schools, elder care facilities, rehabilitation centers, law enforcement, and other organizations built around each group’s specific goals and abilities.

Interested in a program for your organization?

Contact Kassandra Kehoe at [email protected]

Veterans

Equine-Assisted Services have been shown to benefit military veterans suffering from a range of symptoms and conditions, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to substance abuse.  Strongwater Farm is proud to partner with the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Bedford, MA and the VA’s program for formerly homeless veterans to provide services for this vulnerable population. Read more about the Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder from the journal Military Medical ResearchFor more information on programs for veterans, Contact Kassandra Kehoe at [email protected]

Seniors with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Strongwater Farm regularly hosts seniors from residential communities such as Fairview Senior Living in Hudson, New Hampshire, whose residents enjoy grooming, petting and interacting with our horses in a supportive, supervised environment.

Research has shown that Equine-Assisted Services can be especially beneficial to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Time spent with horses can help reduce stress levels, improve memory and sleep, and boost mood. Studies have also documented an overall decrease in negative behaviors and improved communication between patients and caregivers.

Read more about EAS, Alzheimer’s and dementia in this Fairview Senior Living blog post

For more information on programs for seniors, Contact Kassandra Kehoe at [email protected]

Ready to Apply?

 Visit our Registration, Calendar & Tuition Page

For information about the many benefits of equine-assisted services, see Who We Serve

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