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Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
18675 NE 106th St.
Redmond WA 98052
Tax ID/EIN: 91-1012131
Year Founded: 1976
Last Updated 2017-04-18
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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center improves the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities, and to be an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession, both regionally and nationally.
Adaptive Riding: <br/>Our Adaptive Riding program focuses on increasing individual riding skills while gaining a therapeutic benefit. The goals set for each rider vary as much as the riders do. Improved physical strength, muscle tone, balance, mobility and hand-eye coordination are some of the visibly enhanced skills. The more subtle improvements are fortified self-esteem, self-control and self-confidence. Peer interaction and social skills are also developed in this unique setting.<br/><br/>Working with the parents, guardian, and/or rider, instructors establish goals for each rider. They use a wide variety of games and exercises designed to meet the rider's needs. The highly individualized lesson plans take into account the rider's physical, emotional, and mental strengths and limitations. Classes include arena riding, trail rides, and group activities. All riders also work on improving their horsemanship skills. With the combination of a trusted horse, instructor and group of volunteers, riders become more willing to try new things and attain new goals.<br/><br/>Equine-assisted Therapy:<br/>We provide occupational, speech and physical therapy. A typical therapy session takes place on the back of the horse, in our on-site treatment room and in the natural environment of the barn. Equine-assisted therapy is treatment that incorporates equine activities and/or the equine environment. The therapist uses the movement of the horse to address the patient's challenges, such as deficits in balance, strength, endurance, coordination, communication, and attention. This therapy does not teach riding skills; rather the goals are geared towards independence with activities of daily living and increased participation in family, school and community life.
All of our activities are horse related.
We have two barn cats that are a big hit with the majority of our participants, but we focus on equine-assisted therapy and adaptive riding lessons.