We offer a variety of therapeutic opportunities for students with varying needs at Rainbow. Our students include children, seniors, teens and military personnel.
Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. After we receive your application our Horse Program Manager will contact you and make suggestions about what program and specific instructor will be the best fit. Once your program begins you will work to set measurable goals and objectives.
Equine Assisted Therapeutic Lessons
EAT includes activities with the horses, both from the ground and while participating in therapeutic horseback riding, that have been adapted for people with physical disabilities or diverse needs. Students progress in equestrian skills by improving their physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral skills. Once a student's program begins we will work to set measurable goals and objectives.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
Rainbow offers school systems Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which utilizes horses as part of a therapy team. EAL addresses the student’s educational needs and re-engage students in the educational process and environment. Children with ADHD/ADD, Anxiety, Auditory/Sensory Processing Disorders and Emotional, Social and Learning disabilities, ODD and other impairments, as well as those at risk of dropping out can also greatly benefit from EAL therapy.
Every year we offer a variety of camps (half-day and full-day), directed at different audiences. We will focus on developing riding and horsemenship skills, others will include hands on farm work, equine confirmation and anatomy education, other’s will emphasize outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, fitness and group building and problem solving skills. Please check back when the detailed 2016 Summer Camp Plan is available.
Check out our Events Calendar for more information about what camps we're offering this coming summer.
Army Wounded Warriors @ Rainbow
This program is designed for recuperating service personnel from the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation program at Walter Reed. During a typical session participants may take part in riding, groundwork and horsemanship training. They also develop grooming and horse management skills. Sessions are individually designed to meet the specific needs of the participant. The focus may be on developing cognitive, memory and leadership functions in recovering personnel, which are used to assist people with PTSD. Other participants may take part in specially designed equine assisted exercises for amputees. In those cases, work is focused on developing their core strength, balance, and muscle coordination as they adjust to prosthetics. Family members are welcome to join participants in all activities.
The Mane Experience
The Mane Experience is a partnership with Prince William County Schools, currently funded by Minnieland Academy. High school students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder participate in equine-assisted learning activities to improve personal and academic growth and development. Our innovative program includes both riding and horsemanship skill development.