In Therapeutic Riding, riders of varying abilities are able to achieve appropriate levels of independence in their personal horsemanship and equestrian riding skills under the direct supervision of a PATH Certified Riding Instructor. The primary focus of Therapeutic Riding is teaching the rider horsemanship and riding skills. While the goal is not medical therapy, the rider is still receiving the benefits from the therapeutic rhythm of the horse’s gait. The movement and interaction with the horse provides physical, mental and emotional stimulation that encourages growth and development for individuals with disabilities. This process provides the rider with opportunities for personal enrichment in areas such as social skills, communication, decision making, sequencing, responsibility, cause and effect, self-confidence, balance, and strength. Cognitive improvements are encouraged as instructors challenge riders to follow directions, cue their horse, play games, and learn basic horsemanship.