Freedom Farm Rider Information
Freedom Farm serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including; cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, developmental delays and PTSD. Riders come for many different reasons and the benefits vary for each rider.
Through the horse, riders - many for the first time - discover a sense of independence and freedom.
- Some have never been able to sit up on their own
- Some have never spoken
- Some have a hard time understanding and managing their feelings
- Some have muscles that are so tight, it limits their independence
Therapeutic riding utilizes the unique attributes of the horse to:
- build confidence and self esteem
- improve posture and coordination
- exercise and strengthen weak muscles
- teach "being in the moment" of total concentration
- improve balance and body awareness
- create a sense of accomplishment
Spring Session - April 3 (8 weeks)
Summer Session A - June 5 (6 weeks)
Summer Session B - July 24 (6 weeks)
Fall Session - September 12 (7 weeks)
Winter Session - Call for details (952-955-2505)
Prospective participants expressing interest in the program need to call the center for a phone interview. Forms will need to be completed and reviewed. Once accepted, the rider is placed in the next available session.
Please contact Freedom Farm with any questions.
2017 RIDER FORMS - Complete Rider Packet, including Participant Application and Physician Statement
Lauren Wisegarver, a Freedom Farm Rider, earned the 2013 PATH Int YOUTH EQUESTRIAN of the Year award! The Wisegarver family joined us in Orlando for Lauren's big night as she accepted her award as the PATH INT Youth Equestrian of the Year for 2013.
Lauren gave an inspiring acceptance speech, pictured here with PATH CEO Kay Marsh Green and PATH President Jody Enget.