Strongwater Farm provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special needs, disabilities and other conditions, more than 4000 times per year. We provide personalized treatment plans for our clients by working together with their families and caregivers. This ensures we provide our clients, ages 4 – 90, with the attention and care they deserve. Our clients include:
Children & Adults with Special Needs
Both children and adults with special needs of all ages come to Strongwater Farm for equine therapy programs. Strongwater Farm provides services for many needs including ADD/ADHD, 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, and other physical disabilities. Therapeutic riding activities can improve strength, balance, body awareness, hand-eye coordination, and muscle control. Youth and adults with special needs also have opportunities to work alongside trained staff, as they groom and care for the horses. Benefits include improved attention span and focus, sensory and cognitive enrichment, physical and cognitive therapy, and social stimulation.
Individuals with Behavioral Health Issues
At Strongwater Farm individuals with behavioral health issues include depression, anxiety, event-related stress/trauma, abuse, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury. Equine therapy is known to help improve self-esteem and motivation.
Strongwater Farm serves veterans ages 18 and older, including those from Vietnam, Iraq, the Gulf War, and other wars, who seek equine therapy services to help them recover from a range of issues, including PTSD, trauma, substance abuse, and more. Strongwater Farm has a partnership with the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Bedford, MA, and a VA program for formerly homeless veterans.
Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
Strongwater Farm is located near a growing number of substance use treatment programs for alcohol, opioids, and other drugs. Strongwater Farm increased its program opportunities for these clients, who benefit greatly from the healing power of horses. Research and clinical trials in addiction therapy have shown that equine therapy can result in reductions in depression, anxiety, and aggression and it improves self-esteem and adherence to treatment
Strongwater Farm provides lessons in horsemanship and other equine activities to members of the general public age 7 and above. The program includes lessons for riders of all abilities, grooming lessons, teaching of safety skills for interacting with and riding horses, general knowledge on the care and behavior of horses, and identifying and using various pieces of tack and equipment.