Tuesday, March 10, 2015

About the Beneficiary of this Concert: Prairie Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center

Prairie Meadows was created to enhance the lives of children with special needs by bringing horses and children together for special therapy to maximize functional outcomes.We are passionate about being involved in the lives of youth and watching their goals become reality after sessions in therapy.


Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.


PMTRC is a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1989 in Coffeyville, KS by Jim Webb, a horse instructor, and daughters, Kristin Wertz and Kori Turney, both occupational therapists. PMTRC was created to enhance the lives of children with special needs by bringing horses and children together. The family owned and operated program continues today with the same passion now in two locations: Goddard, KS (west of Wichita) and Louisburg, KS (south of Kansas City).


Why The Horse?

Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, perceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait transitions of the horse, the rider must perform constant adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position. When a client is riding forward on the horse, the horse's walking gait imparts movement responds remarkably similar to normal human gait. The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, grading of responses, respiratory control, sensory integration skills and attention skills. Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child! You can learn how to become a side-walker, lead the horse, help with fund raising, and more! If you would like additional information about our volunteer program contact us today!

If you know a child who would benefit
from hippotherapy, please let us know!

Financial Contributions

PMTRC would not be where we are today without the generous support of others. If you are interested in becoming involved in this way we would love to share more details with you. 
To Contact PMTRC:
PMTRC Goddard
Kori Turney, OTR
1055 North 199th Street West
Goddard, KS 67052

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