Parents, riders featured in new Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center video
By: Norman Martin
Texas Tech University's Therapeutic Riding Center is in the spotlight this month with the release of a new promotional video for the fall semester. The nine-minute program features parents of clients using the facility, along with views of horse-back sessions at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center arena.
Open year-round, the center serves dozens of riders a week. A premier-accredited center through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, it provides services to child and adult riders who have a variety of disabilities and special needs using more than a dozen horses and certified therapeutic riding instructors. The program is led by Heidi Brady, a professor with Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. She's a veteran Texas Tech educator and expert in equine assisted therapy and equine science.
Tech's Therapeutic Riding Center facility offers three types of horse-assisted therapy to people with disabilities across the South Plains, including hippotherapy, therapeutic riding and equine counseling and wellness. Hippotherapy sessions involve an occupational, physical or speech therapist who uses a horse to reach the therapy goals the therapists have for their rider, while therapeutic riding involves incorporating a rider's therapeutic goals with the skills needed to ride a horse. The center, located at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, has partnerships with therapists from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock Early Childhood Intervention and private therapists.
CONTACT: Heidi Brady, Professor of Equine Behavior, Reproductive Physiology and Therapeutic Riding, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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