Equine-Assisted Therapies Programs 2018


Meeting with various associations and equestrian centers. Held on January 22nd 2018 at the Country Club Villa de Madrid, it was attended by 24 centers from different regions of the country, where they presented their projects for this year and shared their experiences in the area with the rest of the attendants. This annual meeting, which has been taking place uninterruptedly since 2007, is one of the most popular among our collaborators.


We collaborate with several equestrian at a national level, in the development of seminars and volunteering courses, for the preparation of youths and people involved in the equestrian world, with the aim of providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to take part in future equine therapy sessions.

Training Courses on Horse Assisted Interventions for Professionals; Therapeutic, Riding, Introduction to Horse Assisted Psycho-educational interventions – Asociación EquiTEA.  Courses involving 10 hours of lectures and 10 of practical training to receive basic knowledge and hands on training on Horse Assisted Interventions and their principles, in the spectrum of intellectual diversity and sensorial impairment. Held on March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, in Seville, for a total of 15 beneficiaries.

Training Project on Equestrian Therapies – Equitalia Valladolid A daily meeting for lecture and hands on training on equestrian therapies, instructed to the team of Fundación INTRAS of persons with special needs due to a severe mental disorder, and two days of practical training on horse assisted therapies with members of this Foundation, held on March 2018 for 30 beneficiaries.

Training of volunteers and promotion of volunteerism as assistant workers in horse assisted Therapies – ADEG, Asociación de Equinoterapia de Girona. The course seeks to improve the capacitation of assistant workers and to manage a list of volunteers to give support to centres related to ADEG. The course consists of 20 hours distributed in different units: Riding (8 hours as a whole; 4 hours horseback riding and 4 hours horse handling), Lectures (4 hours), practical training (8 hours; 4 as observers and 4 hours practise), and is scheduled from July to December, for the benefit of 18 volunteers. Target participants can be anybody interested in HAT.

Training on adapted riding interventions for the social inclusion of disabled riders, at riding schools – Fundación Caballo Amigo. In order to attend the growing demand on technical information and guidelines for the practise of Adapted Equestrian Sports, the goal is to train 10 riders with diversity that have moved on from a therapeutic riding program to an adapted riding program to improve their autonomy on horseback, so they can participate in the I Adapted Equestrian Games (I Juegos Ecuestres Adaptados).

II Course on Sports Medicine and Equine Physiotherapy – Asociación Equitación como Terapia. 4 hour course conducted by Equidinamia to stress the important of doing a proper workout to ensure physical fitness of the horse. The course is oriented both amateurs and professionals in the equestrian world.



Adapted Riding School – Specific and Inclusive Phases – FNDA (Federación Navarra de Deportes Adaptados). An Adapted Riding Sports School, in two phases. Specific Phase: Four Adapted Riding sessions for persons with diversity, an hour and a half each session, running from May to the beginning of July, with 8 participants. Inclusive: For individuals with or without diversity, to be held in June in four sessions at Club Hípico Biki Blasco.

Special Needs School El Molino (C.E.E. El Molino) at the Navarra Riding Games organised by FNDA (Federación Navarra de Deportes Adaptados). In order to promote adapted riding among people with intellectual diversity, the Adapted Sports Federation of Navarra (FNDA in Spanish), offers riding lessons to groups of 8-10 riders, 2 hours a day for 4 days, during the months of March, April and May. A total of 80 pupils from C.E.E. El Molino will attend the course, together with their teachers. At the end of the course, and as a mean to assess its effectiveness, the FNDA will conduct the Navarra Championship of this discipline.

Paraequestrian Dressage Team participation in the classifying competitions and in the National Championship – Asociación Equitación Positiva. 4 riders that, after starting in Adapted Riding discipline have moved on to Dressage Competitions, with take part in the National Championship. They have been involved in this level of competitions, and classifying for the Spanish Championship, since 2013.

Summer Camps – Asociación Equitación Positiva. The Association runs two summer camp projects: one is a residential camp at Cubillos del Sil, León, during the last week in June, and the other is a urban camp, that will be held at Centro Ecuestre el Asturcón (Asturias), during July and August, from 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday.

Adapted Riding (Paraequestrian) Activities Program – Centro Ecuestre de Castilla y León (CECYL). Cooperation in different activities programs to be conducted at CECYL during 2018, such as: Adapted Dressage Spanish Championship 2018, and the 4th Adapted Classic Dressage Meetings 2018.

Grants for the Inclusive Camp – Asociación Equinoterapia Madrid Sur. Inclusive Camp for children with and without diversity. 3 children with reduced mobility and intellectual diversity will receive grants.

On horse integration Camp – Asociación Entorno Doñana. Support for a group of 10 children and youths with special needs to participate in summer camps from the equestrian centre. The Camps will be held from Monday to Friday, for four hours everyday.

Project to improve health and performance of the therapy horse – Asociación Madrileña de Terapias Ecuestres MAIARA. This program intends to ensure the good health and fitness of therapy horses, through equine physiotherapy to prevent stress and long term injuries. Apart from the horses, the program will also benefit 400-500 children and adults with diversity and health issues, their families, their centres and the volunteers involved.


Adaptation of Equestrian Centers and Supply of Adapted Equestrian Materials

In 2018, the Foundation to Promote Equestrian Sports is collaborating in:

Infrastructure Improvement.

  • Office trash container; parent welcome, information gatheringand assessment trials. Asociación ÉQUMA, Espartinas, Sevilla.
  • Sanitation works on a multiple purpose hall. AGATA Asociación Gaditana de Terapias Ecuestres, Puerto Real, Cádiz.
  • Refurbishment of the working area of the indoor arena. CEE Ntra. Señora de la Aurora, Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz.
  • Prefabricated wooden hut. Fundación MHG, Guadarrama, Madrid.
  • Prefabricated Harness-room. Caminos de Herradura, Becerril de la Sierra, Madrid.

Building adapted ramp to get on the horse:

  • ASPACE Ávila, Asociación de parálisis cerebral y patologías afines de Ávila.
  • Fundación de Terapias Ecuestres La MANREANA, Juneda (Lleida).

In 2018, the Foundation to Promote Equestrian Sports is contributing with many associations:

Adapted Horse-Riding Materials

  • Asociación de Zooterapia de Extremadura.
  • Asociación de parálisis cerebral y patologías afines de Ávila – ASPACE Ávila.
  • Asociación al Paso, Madrid.
  • Asociación La Solana Ecuestre; Espartinas, Sevilla.
  • Includes Almendralejo, Badajoz.
  • APPC-Associació Provincial de Paràlisi Cerebral de Tarragona.
  • Asociación ÉQUMA Terapias Ecuestres; Espartinas, Sevilla.
  • CDH Alianza; Linares, Jaen.
  • “CHER” – Club Hípico El Rocío Proyectos Hípicos Tenerife S.L
  • Psicoanimal, Madrid.
  • ASPACE Baleares.
  • CEE El Molino – Fundación Ciganda Ferrer, Pamplona.
  • Caminos de Herradura, Madrid.

Therapy Program

Intensive Summer Course on Therapies – Asociación Riendamiga. The overall goal of this Summer Course is to improve significantly their motor and sensory development. For this, 6 kids will receive a daily, 30’ hippo-therapy session during a week (5 days).

Equine Therapy Program – Asociación de Equinoterapia Unicornio Azul. Continuation of the Program “Horse Assisted Therapy” conducted by Asociación Unicornio Azul during the month of July for the benefit of 30 adults with intellectual diversity, residents at CADIG La Chopera from Yunquera de Henares, or users of their Day Care Centre.

I.A.C. Project – Asociación Equidad Terapias Ecuestres. Project designed as an after school activity for 40 boys and girls aged 4 to 18, from Villena Special Education School (Alicante), using horses as a therapeutic tool to work on psychomotor and psychological issues. The program runs for six months, from October to December, and from March to June.

EquestrianTherapy for adults suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders – Asociación Nuevo Horizonte. Significant and functional activities, running for 12 months,to maintain existing and develop new skills that will improve the quality of life of a group of adults suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders, aged from 24 to 50.

Equine Assisted interventions for youths with functional diversity – Associació Unicorn. Six sessions from December to June for 8 youths with physical, intellectual, or sensory diversity from Asociación Entramat, aged 16 to 24. Activities are conducted at Asociación Unicorn premises (Arenys de Munt – Barcelona), with a herd of ponies, horses and donkeys.

“Primer contacto, primerailusión”.(“First contact, first delight”) – ASETE (Asociación de Especialistas en Terapias Ecuestres). Equine Therapies for 4 members of AFNADAH (Asociación de Familiares de niños u adolescentes con déficit de atención e hiperactividad – Families of children and youths with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Association) and ASMISAF (Asociación Prominusválidos Psíquicos de La Safor – La Safor Association on behalf of Intellectual Diversity), involving four sessions (50 minutes each), held through March and April.

“Horse Assisted Sensory Integration Workout” – Aspanaes Ferrol. Equestrian Therapies for 29 children aged from 4 to 17, pupils at C.E.E. San Pedro de Leixa (Ferrol), a subsidized private Special Needs School. Sessions will run form March to June 2018, two days a week, for two hours each session.

Social Inclusion of persons suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders, through Horse Assisted Interventions – Asociación de Autismo Norte de Extremadura. The Goal of this project is to foster motivation for inclusion in persons suffering from ASD through Horse Assisted Therapies. The activities involve, during nine months, individual therapeutic riding sessions every week, group sessions every two weeks, and quarterly family gatherings. Beneficiaries are a total of 16 children and youths aged from 5 to 20 and their families.

Equine Therapy Sessions – Equinoterapia Girona Mas Alba. Group sessions to be run every week for 6 months, for the benefit of children at Mare de Deu del Mon Special Education Centre (Vilafant, Girona).

Project “Early Riding” – Fundación Cavalli. Horse assisted interventions for children aged 3 to 6, suffering from developmental disorders, who receive attention at Early Attention Centre from Alhama, Murcia. The project was held from February to April, with 3 weekly, one-hour sessions, scheduled for each participant.

“Therapeutic Manes” – Emoticanimal. Therapeutic, educational and sports activities held for the benefit of 6 youths, aged from10-14, with functional diversity. One-hour sessions will be held, on a weekly basis, from March to May.

Galloping Health and Wellbeing –– ASPACE Navarra. The 24 beneficiaries of this equine therapy project suffer from multiple diversity and come from Fundación ASPACE Navarra Residencial (Cizur Menor, Pamplona).  The program involves16 half-hour sessions scheduled from October to November for school, day-care centre, nursing home and their neuromuscular rehab centre members.

Social Skills Training Program based on Horse Assisted Interventions for youths suffering from Asperger Syndrome – Asociación ADHIN. HAI for the members of ParlaTEA, an Association created by a group of parents to help the families of children with ASD. The program involves 8 group sessions (once a week, for three hours), for the benefit of 10 youths aged from 10 a 15, and two more sessions for their families, to improve their social skills. At Las Rozas, Madrid.


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