Our mission is to provide children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience all the physical, social, and emotional benefits of riding on and spending time with a horse.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
The rhythmic side-to-side, forward, and backward movement of the horse mimics the human gait, moving a rider's pelvis and torso in the same motion as walking. This stimulation gently relaxes taught muscles and improves core strength, balance, and coordination.
Learning new routines, sequencing, and accessing short-term memory skills assist individuals who otherwise may experience difficulty with these tasks.
The real success of therapeutic riding comes from most riders being highly motivated to learn new skills, simply because they genuinely enjoy riding!
Our program has instructors who are equine and/or therapeutic training.
We service Calgary and the surrounding area.
What People Are Saying
"Our son has been riding with Opening Gaits for 2 years. It has been an amazing experience from day one. At Opening Gaits they accept everyone for who they are with open arms. We are very passionate about Opening Gaits and we are so grateful to be a part of an amazing organization. "
"As a volunteer with Opening Gates I feel that I get far more than I give. The riders are challenging themselves, gaining confidence and interacting with the horses and volunteers. Seeing joy and gratitude on parents faces as they watch their children participating and being “able” is worth gold. "