Atlanta Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Record Demand Drives Chastain Horse Park’s $9 Million Expansion


Launch of the fundraising campaign Wednesday August 24 with Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation

ATLANTE, August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — After a 46% increase in demand for therapeutic riding sessions last year, Chastain Equestrian Park (CHP) anticipates exponential growth within its therapeutic programs. This will result in more than 5,000 sessions in 2022, 36% of which will be subsidized by the CHP association and its partners. To double the program’s impact, the new facility will allow the campus to transition from individual to group sessions and expand its community reach to include other underserved and at-risk individuals. It is one of only two urban horse parks remaining in the United States and is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.

COVID has led to increased interest in outdoor activities and therapies at all levels, including demand for outdoor activities with horses. Serious physical and mental health issues have also increased with COVID. In addition to facility rentals, paid boarding and riding lessons help support scholarships for equine-assisted services, which many insurance companies still consider “investigative” despite data convincing results. Other grantees include Boehringer Ingelheim’s BI Cares Foundation (animal and human pharmaceuticals), junior leagueRISE Scholarship Foundation and many other donors.

Chastain Equestrian Park/Horse Assisted Therapy FACT SHEET

Why the Horse?

“The horse brain has a large limbic system. In terms of size, the horse cerebellum is about one third of the horse brain. And, because the horse is a motor/sensory animal, the horse is practically ruled by the cerebellum Humans, on the other hand, are ruled by the frontal lobe. You could interpret this as humans being more of a “thinking” species, while horses are more of a sensory and emotional species. Horses have an incredible neural network. governing emotionality that yield a remarkable ability to read and respond to human feelings and intentions,” says Kelly Rainer, director of the CHP therapeutic program. They are herd animals and prey – not predators – meaning they have a strong emotional sense and use that sense as a tool for survival; Additionally, the horse’s gait mimics the movement of the human body and thus acts as a three-dimensional form of modality when working with physical and cognitive disabilities.

“Horses never hide their emotions. Because of these qualities, horses can be used to help people recover from various physical and psychological issues. Horses are an incredible partner in improving the physical and cognitive well-being of humans. while being an emotional mirror helping participants identify their feelings,” continues Rainer.

The 15-acre campus is dedicated to a mission that “empowers individuals of all abilities through life-changing relationships with horses.” He has inspired not only a large body of volunteers, but also employees who have found that marrying their passion for horses with working in the non-profit field meets a strong desire to work for the greater good of people with special needs.

For example, Rainer, a 10-year CHP veteran, was an internationally renowned Saddlebred competitor with a lifelong love of horses. She is also a PATH Instructor, International Advanced Certified and knew from an early age that she wanted to combine two passions for career satisfaction: her commitment to social activism with her love of horseback riding. raw trishCHP’s executive director and former chief technology officer, wanted to learn to ride after her husband’s job took them from California at Atlanta. While taking classes at CHP, she became inspired and sought an opportunity to lead the organization.

“We are a strong community of people who are committed to serving children, adolescents and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities in a unique setting. CHP is located in Chastain Park, a campus in the city of Atlanta Park offering baseball and football fields, a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and walking trails.Horses dedicated to the common good and the welfare of the community always add interest and excitement at the park. Combine that with georgia growing population of people with disabilities, our fundraising campaign has come at the perfect time,” adds raw trishExecutive Director.

New and expanded facilities

The expansion is the result of a successful ‘Healing Through Horses’ fundraising campaign which will renovate and expand facilities and help underwrite therapy sessions for City of Atlanta residents, many of whom have lower household incomes $28,600.

Gross thinks a new therapeutic riding center, including clinical and educational spaces, could inspire healthcare professionals to embrace the role of the horse in therapeutic services. She also hopes the centre’s work and results will help persuade insurers to consider reimbursement for these services.

She said, “A horse’s response to a client helps inform the therapist or instructor of physical and cognitive challenges present, or behaviors to be discussed. If you watch a session in action, it’s hard not to wonder, “Who is the therapist here?” : the horse or the therapist?’ Horses are sensitive, and although clients may not seem ready to discuss the issues they are facing, the horse is willing to accept and communicate.”

Invitation-only groundbreaking ceremony takes place Wednesday August 24 and will launch the largest cogeneration initiative since its beginnings in 1939, enabling it to scale rapidly to meet demand.

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