Therapeutic Riding Lessons
(treatment with the help of the horse)
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
To strengthen, empower and enhance lives for people with disabilities
through Equine Assisted Activities or Therapies
Realizing the full potential of the horse to inspire stronger, happier
and healthier people in central Minnesota
What we Do
We serve people with disabilities in Central Minnesota at Upper Oak Farm located in Motley (Leader). 120 acres of Timothy hay, wooded areas, an outdoor arena and barn offer the perfect setting for
Equine Assisted Activities or Therapies
Acorn Hill EAAT
Therapeutic Riding Lessons
Where we Are
My name is Kelly Peterson and I am here to say that Hippotherapy (in addition to regular therapy methods) really works. Hippo is Greek for horse so Hippotherapy means treatment with the help of the horse (or pony). As a trained side walker I have seen miraculous progress for children using walkers and wheelchairs during and after Hippotherapy sessions. Parents and caregivers tell us about further progress at home. For example, one caregiver told us "Her balance has improved so much that she does not get shaky when she is in tricky situations like getting out of her chair. She does it alone." As a team we saw this rider and others consistently improve balance, increase their ability to walk, begin to talk, boost self-confidence, giggle and smile all while building core muscles. The repetitive motion created in a riding session is not able to be reproduced in the same manner with the same success anywhere else. Meanwhile, riders have so much fun they do not even know how hard they are working! For research results and more information visit www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org. Click the button below for my personal and professional connection to the riders and families we serve.
In loving memory of Sophie
April 21, 2012-August 25, 2019
Sophie came to us during our Pilot Program in 2017 (see Hippotherapy pic above). She traveled in a wheelchair and couldn't sit up by herself. After Hippotherapy sessions February - August 2017 she could sit up, and so much more! Her wide smile and beautiful spirit enriched the lives of everyone, both two-legged and four. Rest in peace little one,
running and riding fast in the sky.
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Acorn Hill EAAT Inc
7969 65th Ave SW,
Motley, MN 56466