We see it every day at Fieldstone Farm. Our horses motivate, encourage and comfort. They help our students build confidence and strength, making a connection without saying a word. Their generous hearts and willingness to serve transform the lives of our students and their families.
Our programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our students
Every one of our students is unique with a different set of goals and abilities which makes individualized programming critical. This means taking into consideration the size, gait and temperament of a horse to match a participant’s needs. It means selecting adaptive equipment when necessary and, most importantly, it means listening to parents, therapists and counselors to design meaningful sessions that will improve a student’s physical and emotional wellness.
Our instructors are the best in the business. They not only are highly trained and certified by PATH International, the association governing the therapeutic riding industry, they are passionate about working with people with special needs and helping them experience the therapeutic power of horses. Fieldstone Farm staff is trained to understand the diverse challenges facing people who have: autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, PTSD, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, multiple sclerosis, OCD, ADD, spinal cord injuries, blindness, hearing loss and many others.
Therapeutic Riding – Our riding lessons are delivered by PATH International certified instructors and incorporate a wide range of therapeutic goals into each session. Individuals ride weekly in small groups of three or four students.
Carriage Driving – Students learn a variety of skills while navigating our wheelchair accessible, horse-drawn carriages with the help of a trained volunteer and PATH International certified instructor.
Hippotherapy – Conducted by a physical, occupational or speech therapist, hippotherapy is an actual therapy session using the horse as a tool to improve movement. A physician’s prescription is required.
Instructor Training – Workshops and PATH International on-site certification are offered annually. For information about our training workshops in 2017, please click here.
Barn and Classroom Programs – Fieldstone Farm offers a wide range of programming that, depending on the class, addresses emotional wellness, socialization, leadership skills, teamwork and horsemanship skills.
Veterans Programming – We offer specialized programming for veterans including therapeutic riding, carriage driving and unmounted classes designed to help with the emotional and physical challenges of military service. We also have ongoing programs with the Veterans Administration and Ohio Operation Military Kids. For more information, click here for our Veterans brochure, or call Melissa at 440-708-0013, X124.
Summer Camp – Camp runs daily during the week from June 5 through August 4 for children age 6-16 who are interested in an enriching, horse-oriented experience. Campers enjoy outdoor nature and art activities, horse care and horseback riding all with a special theme each week. For more information call Winni at 440.708.0013 x146. Or click here for a copy of our 2017 Summer Camp brochure.
Alternative High School – Gaitway High School is an alternative high school administered by the Geauga County Educational Services Center (GESC) for students from any school district who need a non-traditional school setting. Students receive a full academic program which meets the Ohio Department of Education standards. In conjunction, a vocational education program gives the participants an opportunity to learn job and life skills.