The riders of Red Mountain are children, youth and adults who live in the southern region of Israel and are in need of therapeutic riding as a result of their developmental, neurological, emotional, behavioral, and/or learning challenges, as well as chronic illness and other handicapping conditions. All riders ranging in age from 3 to 86 years with mild to severe disabilities, mount and ride the horse either independently, with side walkers for support or with therapists mounted on the horse and holding the rider from behind.
RMTRC is unique not only in its desert terrain and climate but also in the fact that our top professional, licensed riding therapists receive ongoing psychological supervision which enhances the impact of the therapy program designed to meet each individualís needs. The therapy is conducted in the multi-disciplinary approach with ongoing consultation with the medical and educational teams, occupational, physical and speech therapists.
The riding therapists at RMTRC are responsible for the treatment plan and hands on therapy but they cannot do it on their own. Our 22 horses, each with its own build, gait and character, are an integral and influential member of the therapy team. In addition, our dedicated volunteers who assist in most therapy sessions, are an inseparable part of the ridersí riding experience.
THE DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP IS THE ESSENCE OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING EXPERIENCE
The dynamic relationship that evolves among the therapist, rider, volunteer, and horse is the essence of therapeutic riding and enhances the well being of the rider. The rider gains a sense of increased control of muscles and body movement while developing a trusting relationship with his horse, therapist and assistants. Therapeutic riding also provides the opportunity to feel empowered , internalize a sense of capability, lifting oneís head high and all this while riding outdoors in the open desert air!!