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  • Casadie Morris

Equine Assisted Therapy: YH + CCT

If you haven't heard yet, Circle Creek Therapy is partnering with Young Hearts Therapeutic Riding to provide therapy!


What does this mean? How do therapy goals transfer to the barn environment?


Today we will explore how we target different goals at the barn!

Gross Motor ( the abilities to control large muscles for movements like walking, running, and jumping)

  • Lifting

  • Throwing

  • Aiming

  • Climbing


Fine Motor (the abilities required to control the small muscles of the hands and fingers for precise movements, such as writing, buttoning, and picking up small objects)

  • Stringing beads

  • Brushing the horse

  • Picking up rocks/items

  • Feeding the horse

  • Hanging up supplies


Sensory( the ability to receive, process, and respond to sensory information from the environment, such as touch, sound, sight, taste, smell, and body position)

  • Weather conditions

  • Dressing appropriately for the weather conditions

  • Horse/animal noises

  • Brushing the horse

  • Feeding the horse

  • Smells at a farm




Speech & Language( the abilities required for communication, including producing and understanding spoken words, using and interpreting nonverbal cues, and processing language)

  • Naming objects

  • Color sorting

  • Following directions

  • Singing

  • AAC(Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Device Use

  • Recognizing animal emotions

  • Identifying animals + their characteristics


Cognitive (the mental abilities required for thinking, learning, understanding, remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making.)

  • Following Directions

  • Memory of patterns

  • Decision making

  • Recognizing animals behavior & emotions

  • Identifying animals



If you have questions or want to learn more about Equine Assisted Therapy reach out to us at 253.237.3405 or info@circlecreektherapy.com !




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