Mission: Enriching the lives of people with special needs using equine-assisted activities and therapies to improve physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
Programs: Therapeutic/adaptive riding - therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Instructors work with each rider and their family to develop both physical and emotional goals for the semester, based on the individual's special need. Trot accomodated over 240 youth and adult riders during this fiscal year.
outpatient clinic - early intervention program for children between the ages of two and six years, considered the most critical stage of physical and emotional development. Occupational, physical and speech/language therapists combine traditional therapeutic techniques and equipment with hippotherapy. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utlizes equine movement. The term hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals.
equine-facilitated psychotherapy - efp is defined as an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional, partners with suitable equines to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client. Treatment is different from hippotherapy as it is not limited to riding, but includes grooming, leading, and other activities. Efp may be used for individuals with psycho-social issues and mental health needs such as anxiety, addictions, depression, grief and loss, and trauma. At trot, we see clients from ages four and up, and have served 19 clients during this fiscal year by having 315 private sessions with them.
veterans program - "heroes on horses" is one of the first programs of its type in the country - and includes a collaboration with the southern arizona veterans administration health care system. Veteran riders include men and women with injuries ranging from lost limbs to traumatic brain injury. Trot has held numerous national training conferences for other centers wishing to duplicate our program. During this fiscal year, we were able to serve 60 u. S. Veterans with this program.
I had the opportunity to meet with a former rider of Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, she was wheelchair bound and had serious dissabilitied. She had a TROT tee shirt on and when I asked her about it her eyes lit up and she described her experience at TROT. I contacted TROT and offerred my services as a volunteer. When I had finished the paperwork and screening, I toured the facilities and was so impressed at the equipment and careful thought put into place for the therapeutic concerns for the riders. The staff and volunteers are so skilled at improving the lives and well being of the riders it really touched my heart.
The horses are very gentle and seem to understand the riders needs, and are so very special. The excellant care and treatment the horses receive seems to show up in there interaction with people.
I truely believe that this is one of the most needed services for the physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged because it helps improve their wellbeing is so many ways.
I knew it would be a great organization when I contacted them, but it had really gone above and beyond my expectations as a therapeutic organization. I am looking forward to being a part of this great community.