Therapeutic Riding Program

Since September, 2014, GHA has offered an Equine Assisted Therapy Program for individuals with autism. This unique program allows participants to engage directly with certified therapy horses, and includes all aspects of horsemanship. Basic anatomy, grooming and tack education, cleaning saddles, chores, ground work and of course horseback riding are all part of this exciting, therapeutically-based activity.

Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of enhancing a person’s cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being. The horse’s gentle rhythmic movement helps increase the balance, muscle control and strength of riders.

Our instructor’s individual lesson program approach strives to teach horsemanship skills to suit each rider’s age, ability and experience level. Our lesson horses are well trained and their experience allows them to be real confidence builders for all. We take pride in ensuring our students have safe, well cared for, horses to work with. We supply well maintained tack and safety approved helmets for all riders. In addition, we work hard to maintain the cleanliness of our barn and riding facilities.

Horseback riding motivates participants to increase their levels of concentration, patience and discipline, and not only focuses on the skills of riding, but also provides opportunities for recreation, social interaction as well as the development of a relationship between horse and rider, allowing riders to overcome fears and develop trust in the therapeutic team.

Our goal is to promote a fun, healthy and highly interactive program that involves a positive connection between humans and horses. For more information, on the GHA Autism Supports Therapeutic Riding Program, please contact Anna Walker at annawalker@ghainc.org.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information

GHA Autism Supports continues to keep the health and safety of all individuals supported and employees at the core of all decision making. We have implemented the following safety measures:

  • All group meetings have transitioned to utilizing conferencing systems.
  • Strict visitation guidelines are in effect at all programs.
  • We encourage temporarily replacing in-person visitation with telephonic communication to limit exposure at all sites.
  • Second Street Sundries is currently offering curbside pick-up and ordering through the online system.
  • We will continue to monitor all updates, and update this information accordingly. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncertain times.

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Contact Us

Physical Address:
213 N. Second Street, Albemarle, NC 28001

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2487, Albemarle, NC 28002

Wilmington Office:
PO Box 4122, Wilmington, NC 28406

Phone: (704) 982-9600
Fax: (704) 982-8155

Wilmington:
Phone: (910) 769-1046
Fax: (910) 399-1780

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GHA Autism Supports is licensed by the Division of Health Service Regulation of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources. In addition, GHA Autism Supports is nationally accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). ICF/MR homes are certified by the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance. GHA Autism Supports is affiliated with the Division TEACCH program at UNC-CH, the Autism Society of North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Community-Based ICF/MR and CAP providers and the North Carolina Providers Council.