Natural Interaction With Horses.
Sitrin is striving to make equine-assisted therapy readily available to more populations. In October 2011, Sitrin announced its partnership with The Root Farm, a center of exellence for equine-assisted therapies for more than 14 years, Upstate Cerebral Palsy and The Kelberman Center. This joint effort will result in a new facility on Sitrin's campus that will bring equine-assisted therapies to populations with special needs, including:
- Children with autism spectrum disorder
- Individuals with disabilities
- Individuals with behavioral health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder
- Individuals with traumatic brain injuries and depression
- At-risk youth
- Those who have experienced domestic violence
Equine-assisted therapy uses the movement of the horse to stimulate the riders physically and mentally. These movements improve muscle tone, balance, posture, hand-eye coordination, strength, flexibility, swallowing reflexes, cognitive skills, and self-esteem.
The proposed equine-therapy center at Sitrin will house up to 20 horses and will help children and adults reach cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and behavioral goals. Sitrin's equine-facilitated therapy program will undoubtedly be among the best in the country and a fantastic addition to Sitrin's pastoral campus.
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The Root Farm, located at 6000 Rock Road, Verona, NY, is in full operation offering a variety of equine-assisted therapies. For more information regarding equine-assisted therapy, please contact The Root Farm at (315) 363-6124 or visit www.rootfarm.org.