Welcome to PRANCE
Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians
PRANCE - Therapeutic Equestrian Centre was established in 1993 for the purpose of helping persons with physical, developmental, intellectual and emotional challenges through work with horses. Our goal is to help every individual achieve to the best of their abilities and to promote integration and acceptance of diversity in our community.
Therapeutic Riding: We run two ten-week therapeutic riding programs each spring and fall that focus on mounted horseback riding for riders with disabilities from aged 5 to 105! Each rider is assisted by a horse leader and one to two side-walkers. Our classes consist of no more than four riders at a time and participants are grouped according to their age and ability. Every rider must submit an application including a physician's referal to be eligible and our instructor will chart the goals and progress of each individual throughout the session.
Equine Facilitated Wellness or EFW: Our Equine Facilitated Wellness program involves ground work learning experiences and therapy with horses, facilitated by a mental health professional and equine specialist. The barn and arena stand in for a traditional office environment and the presence of the horses allows those individuals who may be less verbal to open up in a safe space where they can work on their unique issues. EFW has been shown to be effective for: anxiety, depression, PTSD and grief. PRANCE has a licensed social worker on staff and we are the only facility in our region to offer this form of counselling.
Day Camp Program: The PRANCE Day Camp program is founded on the principle of inclusion. We know that in order for our society to thrive, each person must be accepted and nurtured regardless of their individual differences and challenges. When all children participate together in a diverse environment, children with disabilities improve their self-esteem and socialization skills, while their non-disabled peers learn tolerance and acceptance. Throughout our week-long camp experience, all campers work side by side as they learn to ride and take care of a horse. At the end of camp, each individual has not just earned a ribbon for good horsemanship but more importantly, campers learn to integrate and make new friendships, while celebrating differences. The strength of our camp is in the diversity of the participants.
PRANCE is located at Miramichi Farms on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron at #5543 Hwy. 21 between Port Elgin and Southampton, in the traditional territory of Saugeen Ojibway Nation. We are proud to have riders from all areas including Southampton, Port Elgin, Saugeen First Nation #29, Sauble Beach, Owen Sound, Walkerton, Kincardine, Hanover, Elmwood, Dobbinton, Holyrood, Wingham, Teeswater, Ripley, Chesley and Tiverton.
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Website Updated: Feb 5, 2020