Kids with disabilities and autism enjoy
Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, Ohio
Imagine viewing the changing seasons from the back of a gently swaying, friendly horse.
The Achievement Centers for Children’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Program helps children gain confidence, build strength, improve balance and form wonderful friendships.
Located at Camp Cheerful’s Riding Center in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville, the program offers five year-round sessions.
Children and adults, ages 4 and older with special needs, enjoy the many benefits of the therapeutic horsemanship program tailored to their physical, mental and emotional strengths and capabilities. Lessons teach basic horseback riding and horse handling skills. Physical exercises and educational activities are woven into the riding lesson making it therapeutic for the riders.
Our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program serves individual groups and local schools in the Cleveland area, and recreational activities for campers during the summer months.
Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is certified as a Premier Accredited Center Program by The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), formerly known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is one of only twelve such accredited centers in Ohio that provides quality professional equine-assisted activities while meeting established industry standards. All of Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship instructors are certified and registered by PATH.
Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children with Disabilities
- Balance, posture, strength
- Teamwork, cooperation
- Self-confidence, self-esteem
- Emotional control, self-discipline
- Sense of normality
- Hand-eye coordination
- Visual/spatial perception
- Remedial math and reading skills
- Advanced equestrian skills
2014 Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program Session Dates:
Session 1 - January 6 - March 15 (no classes Mon. 1/20/14 & Mon. 2/17/14)
Do social stories help your child prepare for new situations or activities?
Click here to download our Therapeutic Horseback Riding Social Story for a "tour."
Interested in becoming a volunteer in our Therapeutic Horsemanship program?
Therapeutic Riding Horse Donations
The Achievement Centers' Camp Cheerful maintains an average of nine horses and accepts new donations on an as-needed basis. If you have a prospective donation, please call Cory Ramsey at 440-238-6200 ext. 225. If we feel your horse is a candidate, we will schedule a visit to your home or stable to evaluate your horse both medically and under saddle. We can also answer any questions you might have about our horse donation procedures. All of our horses undergo a standard 30-day trial period.
Horse donations are tax-deductible.