Cheff Center: Augusta MI



Potential Students and Parents

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding provides healthy exercise to individuals with special needs by allowing them to participate in the sport of horseback riding in a success-oriented environment.

Therapeutic Benefits:

All these measurable therapeutic benefits come without the rider even being aware of being in therapy! The benefits are not only physical in nature or reserved for individuals with physical disabilities. There are emotional and psychological benefits as well. Horses are non-judgmental; they do not laugh when told secrets. They provide a strong shoulder to lean on and they do not shun people who are a little different.

  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Provides passive stretch for tight muscles
  • Replicates a muscle movement pattern like that of walking
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens muscles by encouraging muscular response
  • Increases awareness of one's body in space (proprioception)
  • Stimulates the vestibular, nervous and circulatory systems
  • Improves range of motion

Skills for Success

The skills learned in riding class can be applied elsewhere in the lives of students. Each time the student has a success in riding, such as learning that there is a way, though it may not always be easy, he or she learns to deal with other problems.

Therapeutic Riding may also benefit those having difficulty with school lessons, as school material such as learning colors and numbers and right/left discrimination is often incorporated into the riding lesson. But, learning on horseback is fun. Most of the time, the students do not even realize that they are learning much more than just how to ride! What they learn in their riding class is often carried back into the classroom without the students ever realizing it.

  • Reinforces standards of behavior
  • Teaches trust through the rider/horse bond
  • Teaches problem solving skillsIncreases self-confidence and self-discipline
  • Teaches the use of patience to control the horse
  • Enhances decision making skills
  • Promotes responsibility and cooperation
  • Increases the ability to focus and stay on task
  • Provides an increase in self-esteem and pride
  • Instills a sense of accomplishment

While the benefits of Therapeutic Riding have been medically documented, statistics alone cannot fully describe the true value of this service. The look of confidence, pride and achievement on a rider's face when he or she has successfully completed a task is the most profound measure of its value. To put it simply, Therapeutic Riding works and the benefits are ongoing.

For more information or to enroll in classes, contact our Program Director at 269-731-4471, ext 121.

Client Information/Sign Up

CURRENT CLIENTS are encouraged to register (with an option to pay) online using the form below. 

NEW CLIENTS please contact our program director at 269-731-4471

Download the 2017 Therapeutic Riding Schedule

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Cheff News

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet Natalie

Everyone who comes to Cheff has a unique experience that oftentimes has far reaching effects.  Today, we'd like to highlight Natalie. 

Natalie is currently our youngest client at the Cheff Center- begining her journey at only 14 months.  Click the link below to read her mom's thoughts on the experience. 

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Birthday Blessings

Since 2005, volunteer extraordinaire Kathy Keelan Pew, has donated her birthday to the Cheff (Ride-a-Thon) - to the tune of nearly $15,000 ($2,475 in 2016 alone!)
Each year, Kathy requests that if her friends and family wish to do something for her in honor of her birthday, that they support her in our Ride-A-Thon.

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What People Are Saying

The Cheff Center means a great deal to our Danny and to us, his parents. It's not only therapy for Danny, it's a place we can come where we're treated with respect and dignity -- like you're one of the family so to speak. There is no place else on earth that we have found outside of our own home we feel more comfortable and welcomed. The Cheff Center staff, and I mean ALL the staff, take the time and effort to understand what it takes to give each student and family the best service they can provide.
- Cheff Parent

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