Founded in 1974, LTR was the original pilot program for therapeutic riding in Virginia. To partner with a horse is to share its strength and grace.
The experience can be life-changing. We know because we see it happen every day. http://www.ltrf.org/ The emphasis of LTR programs, which includes therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, and Equine Services for Heroes is to provide a highly motivating experience that promotes therapeutic benefits leading to improvement in functional life skills and emotional well-being in a safe and supportive environment.
- Loudoun Therapeutic Riding, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl. Premier Accredited Center, was formed in 1974 to empower and improve the lives of people with cognitive, psychological and physical disabilities through the benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies. - Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) are widely recognized as being an effective therapy for people with disabilities. Horseback riding develops self-awareness, builds self-confidence, improves concentration and increases self-discipline. Riding also strengthens and relaxes muscles; improves posture and core strength, balance and coordination; and increases joint mobility. Off the horse, programs also improves self-awareness and self-image. Working towards these goals carries over into improved function in all activities of daily living. - Our PATH Intl. certified instructors are specially trained in teaching methods that use equine assisted activities to assist people with physical, cognitive, behavioral and mental health challenges to learn horsemanship skills and benefit from the equine partnership. - Programs: Throughout continuing eight-week sessions skills are developed which address each participant's specific challenges. -For riders with physical disabilities, the horse's motion closely replicates the human gait as they sit astride the horse's back at walk, thus helping to improve the rider's posture, joint mobility, balance, and core muscle strength. -For participants with cognitive or emotional challenges the relationships formed with the horse, staff and volunteers can lead to increased self-confidence, patience and self-esteem. -Other goals include improved concentration, attention to task and enhance functional life skills. - Our horses and ponies are partners in our programming and are carefully screened and trained to assure suitability. Adaptive equipment is used if necessary for a rider to safely participate, and an PATH Intl. certified instructor is present for all activities involving riders. The emphasis of LTR programs, which includes adaptive riding/horsemanship and carriage driving, is to provide a highly motivating experience that promotes these therapeutic benefits and an overall improved quality of life in a safe and supportive environment. - Hippotherapy, added in 2010, is a treatment intervention that uses the multidimensional movement of a horse; from the Greek word "hippos" which literally means horse. Specially trained, Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapists use this medical treatment for clients who have movement dysfunction. - Volunteers: Volunteers are the backbone of the program and act as pony handlers, side-walkers, and grooms. Volunteers also assist in many other ways including fund-raising and development efforts. Three volunteer orientation/training sessions are held each year to ensure well-trained and efficient volunteer staff as safety is a primary consideration. Up to three volunteers may be needed for one rider. Parents of riders often contribute time as volunteers. - LTR relies on the generous support of private donors, and corporate and foundation grants. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation!
Mission: Loudoun Therapeutic Riding empowers and improves the lives of people with cognitive, physical and psychological disabilities through the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the equine services industry through training and education.
Even on this hot day Gable was happy to teach his lessons! He’s posing, don’t you think!? 💙🐴 #therapeuticdriving #Gable
Brand new pink helmet ✅ Wonderful volunteer ✅ Sweet Bojangles & a trail ride in the shade ✅ Perfect start to the week 🐴💙🙌🏽 #therapeuticriding #equineassistedactivities #LoveTrustRespect
💜 Loudoun Therapeutic Riding offers Therapeutic Riding, Therapeutic Carriage Driving, Hippotherapy, Equine Services for Heroes and more to provide the healing power of horses to those in need! 🐴 We have done so for almost 50 years!
Check out this article to learn some of the benefits these various equine activities can provide!
#therapeuticriding #loudouncountyva #leesburgva #welovehorses #pathintl
backontrackproducts.com Explore the history and subsets of equine-assisted therapy and gain a deeper understanding of how people can benefit from equine-assisted therapy.
Hard to believe this was one year ago today! Congrats to Morven Park and all the 2020 Favs 🐴❣️❣️
Happy Friday!! Everyone is safe and sound after the big storm last night...Teddy even managed to take advantage of the “showers” and come in clean this morning! Good job Teddy!! 👏🦄
We’re gonna be welcoming back our incredibly generous volunteers over the next few weeks! So exciting to see Ms. Wendy today 💜🦄 #weloveourvolunteers #LoveTrustRespect #Gnomeo
🦄 Along with his usual halo, Gnomeo was sporting a Ladybug this morning!! Pretty sure this means extra good luck...🐞🐞 #LoveTrustRespect #bestponyever #NotATick #EAAT
There’s nothing like outdoor dining while practicing social distancing with your friends during a pandemic. 💜🦄🤣 Stay safe!!
When your smile shines right through your mask! 😍🐴💜 #lovetrustrespect #Duke
Gnomeo says "Thank you!" to his friends who donated these essential horse care items off of our Amazon wish list! We are so grateful. 💜
📦 To view our wish list, check out this link: https://a.co/fNssC4P
#therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #leesburgva #lovetrustrespect
Happy Friday! Wishing you all a wonderful and smile filled weekend!! 🌞🌻
So fun to see our newest Equine Services for Heroes participant, Paul, up on our newest herd mate, Thomas! Awesome ride for both of them!! 💜🦄
Teddy gave his friend Caitrin two ears way up for doing such a great job practicing all our safety procedures so she’ll be ready when it’s time to get back in saddle! 💜🐴👍🏽#Teddy #safetyfirst #therapeuticriding
Another big thank you to Another Turn Tack & Apparel for taking the time to come out and fit our horses, Mae West and Lola with saddles. Karen and Adair also generously donated a riding helmet that we gifted to one of our driving students. She absolutely LOVES the purple helmet!! 💜💜🦄🦄
📦 Did you know you can send your favorite four-legged friends a gift through our Amazon Wish List? Our wish list is filled with essential supplies we need to keep our programs running strong and our herd healthy and happy!
💜 Click this link to view the list: https://a.co/fNssC4P
Whose gentle eye is this? 💜
If you're not sure, we'll give you a hint: this horse has participated in local dressage schooling shows with one of our long-time students! 🏆
To learn more about our herd, visit www.LTRF.org
#therapeuticriding #dressage #leesburgva
Yesterday was a gorgeous day for a trail ride! While it was hot, Ms. Debbie and her Equine Services for Heroes student headed for a trail with plenty of tree shade. 🌳
Horses + the beautiful scenery at Morven Park = one great Therapeutic Riding experience!
Learn more about our programs at www.LTRF.org
#therapeuticriding #equineservicesforheroes #welovehorses #loveloudoun
Hi everyone, Ms. Caitlin here! Please join us in officially welcoming Thomas into our LTR herd! This horse is special to me, so I wanted to introduce him. He is a 12 year old, 15h Connemara/thoroughbred cross. He and I have spent the last 2 years getting to know each other. We played around doing some low level eventing, lots of trail riding and some competing together. The opportunity presented itself to bring him to LTR, and I am very excited to share this special horse with our students! A huge thank you to the Desaix family for generously leasing him to the program!! His fan club is already growing! 💜 #thomas #newherdmember #lovetrustrespect
Here is your daily dose of unicorn cuteness. 🦄💜🦄💜 #LoveTrustRespect #Gnomeo #unicorns
🦄 Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity that promotes the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals. We partner with our horses to create a program that fosters a community environment with inclusion, respect and working towards independence.
🦸♀️ We also provide Equine Services for Heroes to our community's veterans at no direct cost to them or their families.
Learn more about our programs here: https://ltrf.org/programs/
#therapeuticriding #pathintl #leesburgva #weloveourveterans #loveloudoun
When it’s just too hot to ride, you learn how to give your very dirty pony a bath! All around horsemanship skills are important to being a well rounded rider (and Teddy enjoys getting a cold bath on this hot day!) 🦄💜🦄 #Teddy #LoveTrustRespect
🦄 Our sweet Gnomeo wishes you a happy Monday! Gnomeo was donated to LTR and is just the perfect size for our smaller or more timid riders.
Learn more about our herd here: www.ltrf.org
#therapeuticriding #lovetrustrespect #leesburgva
We were sooooo happy to get our old friend George back in the saddle again! He is a part of our Equine Services for Heroes program and has recently moved back to the area. He had previously ridden Gable, but has now fallen in love with Mae West. To quote George “She is a sweetheart!!” ❤️❤️ His smile says it all! Welcome back George! #LoveTrustRespect #veteran #MaeWest
🧐 Whose shoes are these??
These uniquely shaped horseshoes are called "heart bar shoes", and can be used to help treat many hoof ailments or provide extra protection and support to horses who need it!
Not all of our horses wear shoes, but the ones who do require a new set every 4-6 weeks! This keeps them sound and happy. 💜
Comment below if you know which of our horses wears these shoes!
#therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #farriersrule #leesburgva
Hey everyone, Ms. Kathy here! I’ve really been missing all my human and horse friends while out having knee replacement surgery, so it was awesome being back in the barn especially on #MeetAHorse Day 2020! This is “Thomas”, a prospective new herd mate and it was great getting acquainted. Stay tuned for updates & info!! 💜🐴 #MaeWestApproves #HappyFriday #Thomas
💜 Carriage driving develops communication skills, improves gross and fine motor skills, builds self-confidence, self-awareness, and trust.
LTR’s carriage driving instructor Mary Jo Beckman turned her face shield sideways to create a barrier so LTR can continue to provide this important program to a military veteran during the pandemic.
At-risk youth and those who are unable to sit astride a horse also benefit from this empowering activity. Imagine how you would feel telling our nearly 2,000 pound Percheron carriage horse to “Walk On, Duke!” and watching him listen by doing just that!
#carriagedriving #cartdriving #therapeuticriding #equineservicesforheroes #loveloudoun
It couldn’t have been a prettier morning this morning! PERFECT day for a trail ride. 💜🦄💜🦄
💜 A beautiful quote. Horses sure do have the power to bring out the best in all of us. We see it every day! Do you agree?
#therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #leesburgva
It’s a beautiful day at Lost Rhino Brewing Co.! They are generously donating 10% of today’s proceeds back to LTR! Outdoor seating available and a 50/50 raffle going! Come join us 🥰🐴
Ms. Heather wanted to share with you today about the power of the horse. “This week has been challenging to say the least. But the last couple of days have reminded me why I do what I do and the power of the horse. The power to turn a frown upside down. The power to start developing trust again. The power to build confidence and strength. And the power to heal. ❤️🦄”
VOTING ENDS TOMORROW! You have just one more day to vote for your favorite nonprofit organization in Loudoun County! Thanks to you, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding was voted #1 last year. Let's do it again!
Click this link to Vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/loudounfavorites2020 and scroll to #8.
🦄 We are thankful to have been changing the lives of individuals in Loudoun County living with cognitive, physical or psychological challenges for five decades! This honor means so much to us.
🙏 Thank you to all who have voted for Loudoun Therapeutic Riding so far as your Favorite Nonprofit of the year!
#lovetrustrespect #therapeuticriding #loveloudoun
Today was a good but busy day!! Lots of grooming, tacking, riding, leading and then the cleaning. We are thankful we are able to provide services to those who need them. And are so very appreciative of what the team and horses do to put smiles on our participants’ faces!! ❤️🦄💜
💜 Help Loudoun Therapeutic Riding be named Loudoun's Favorite Nonprofit for the second year in a row!
Click the link below and scroll to #8 Favorite Nonprofit to vote.
🐴 We are so proud to have served Loudoun County for five decades, tapping real horsepower to help adults and children in our community who live with physical, psychological or cognitive challenges to thrive. We were Virginia's first therapeutic riding center and are the only center in Loudoun County to be accredited by PATH International.
👇The last day to vote is July 11th.
#therapeuticriding #loveloudoun #leesburgva #horsepower #loudouncountyva
With deep sadness we share the news that on Saturday we lost our “Awesome Art” from complications of Cushings Syndrome (a pituitary disease common in older horses). Art’s huge, outgoing personality kept everyone entertained during the past 11 years that he served alongside us, and we’re certain he is dancing (weaving) away in heaven while continuing to keep watch over his earthly herd. Always the guardian, comedian, friend, and supreme teacher, this incredibly versatile horse touched countless lives and will be missed by everybody who loved him. Thank you Art, you define Awesome. We know he would love it if you all enjoyed a banana or two in his memory today. 🍌🍌🐴💙 #AwesomeArt #LoveTrustRespect #RestWellGoodBuddy
🐴 Happy 4th of July friends!
We hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe weekend! 💜
#lovetrustrespect #loveloudoun #happy4thofjuly
A person who partners with a horse shares its strength and grace, and the experience can be life-changing. We know because we see it happen every day. For 45 years, we’ve connected people with physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges to the healing power of horses. We invite you to share our success stories, meet our horses, staff, and volunteers, and become a part of the wonder.
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding empowers and improves the lives of people with cognitive, physical and psychological disabilities through the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies, while serving the equine services industry through training and education.
Founded in 1974, LTR was the original pilot program for therapeutic riding in Virginia. The program was created by Loudoun County 4-H Leader Barbara Baird and Journalist and LCPS School Board Member Leonard Warner under the auspices of the Loudoun County Agricultural Extension Service.
LTR was one of the first centers in the U.S. to earn accreditation from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).
Later renamed the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int’l), LTR is proud to be a PATH International Premier Accredited Center (www.pathintl.org), and the only PAC in Loudoun County.
Additionally, LTR is a member of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV – www.travinc.org), the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, and the Loudoun Equine Alliance.
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