Poplar Ridge Stables
Poplar Ridge Stables is a ministry of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio. Our modern, state-of-the-art facility is utilized by children and youth served in the Children’s Residential Center, and open to the general public for therapeutic riding. Poplar Ridge Stables’ mission is to improve quality of life through compassionate equine-assisted therapy.
For riders like Jenny, who was permanently injured in a car accident as a teenager, improving quality of life means that when she is on the back of a horse, she is exhilarated and happy. And as she smiles and rides, her core muscles strengthen and her balance improves. After two years of regular therapeutic riding, when she’s on a horse, she appears for all the world as a young woman who can walk.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic riding is a dynamic way to improve balance, joint mobility, coordination, muscle tone and posture. Our lessons are carefully structured to fit each rider, and we make every effort to meet their personal goals. With each lesson, we strive for our riders to gain self confidence, improve their mental and physical capabilities, and engage in social relationships with other riders, staff and volunteers.
Bailey’s Story: Taking Life by the Reins
Bailey started riding shortly after her second birthday. At that time, she required a lot of support due to her low muscle tone. Bailey does not have a diagnosis; she does not walk and is nonverbal. Almost two years later, Bailey rides with limited assistance. She is able to support herself during her lesson. Bailey can hold the reins, reach for objects and focus on different items throughout the arena. Often after a lesson she will try to vocalize more. We have enjoyed watching Bailey get stronger over the last two years. Most importantly, we have loved watching Bailey’s confidence build. Bailey enjoys riding so much and you can tell by the smile on her face. We are so thankful for Poplar Ridge Stables and their incredible staff and volunteers! — The Fatzinger Family
Certified Staff and Therapy
Poplar Ridge Stables therapists are certified instructors in equine-specialized therapy. Our staff benefits by its training from and affiliation with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International), the industry leader in therapeutic riding.
For More Information on Poplar Ridge Stables
Please learn more about equine-assisted therapy available at Poplar Ridge Stables by contacting Carla Plegge, Director, at 330.345.7949, ext. 2369, or firstname.lastname@example.org.