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Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska - EATA

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PO Box 240663
Anchorage, AK 99524
907-566-8768
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Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska - EATA


Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska is dedicated to bringing the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to individuals living with disabilities.

Mission


Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska is dedicated to bringing the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults living with disabilities.

The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that individuals who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional, cognitive, and intellectual benefits.

Programs and Services


~ Equine Assisted Therapy / Adaptive Sports Riding
~ Hippotherapy; a tool for physical, occupational or speech therapy
~ Freedom Reins

Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska's programs provide benefits to children and adults who are living with physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities, currently serving 79 riders a year. Children under six years of age make up 25% of the programs riders. School age and teen riders, ages 6-18 represent 27% of our riders, with the remaining 48% being adults. Racial and ethnic demographics of our clientele are 61% Caucasian, 32% AK Native, 5% Hispanic, 2% Asian.

Conditions benefited by equine assisted therapies include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, functional spinal curvature, learning and language disabilities, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cognitive and emotional disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.


Anchorage is home to nearly 40,000 Alaskans who live with intellectual, physical, or social-emotional disabilities. These kids and adults have more than their share of daily challenges and different abilities than the average Alaskan. They need unique opportunities to heal, to grow, to succeed. Horseback riding allows disabled riders to focus on their abilities rather than limitations, meeting that need.

Throughout the world, horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy for individuals living with disabilities. It is good for the body, mind and spirit.

The independence found on horseback benefits all riders. For some, it is their only chance to be mobile without the use of wheelchairs, walkers or crutches. In addition, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait. In this way, even non-ambulatory riders can reap the muscoskeletal benefits of walking.

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