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About Stanwood Therapeutic Riding

Stanwood Therapeutic Riding (STR), a non profit corporation with 501(c)3 status, was formed and incorporated in January 2009 by founder Kathy Bateman, a NARHA certified riding instructor with 15 year’s experience helping those with special needs. STR’s mission is to provide equine interactions to children and adults with special needs in order to optimize their physical abilities and improve other aspects of their lives. STR opened in March of 2009, to serve the areas of Snohomish and Skagit counties, and Camano Island.

Therapeutic riding is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of ways in which the horse may be used to influence the physical and psychological well-being of individuals. Therapeutic riding incorporates riding skills, learning styles, movement, motivation with an equine partner, tasks to promote learning, motor planning, muscle stimulation,  relaxation, breathing, concentration, and fun!

Riding leads to increased self-esteem, balance, coordination, sense of responsibility, control of body and mind, kinesthetic awareness, and the stimulation of muscles that may not be challenged in other activities.

The movement of the horse affects both

our sensory and motor systems:

Sensory systems affected
  • Vestibular
  • Proprioceptive
  • Kinesthetic
  • Visual
  • Tactile
Motor systems affected
  • Signals to muscles to contract to move the limb or body part
  • Flexibility
  • Balance responses
  • Coordination
  • Strength

For more information about the benefits of therapeutic riding visit the

Path International website.

Come visit us and see what a difference a horse can make!

We always need volunteers!