Tykenbay Acres

Therapeutic riding has been used in Europe since the early 1950s as a tool for improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. It grew from a few dedicated equestrians into an established treatment method that is now recognized by medical and psychiatric professionals. Individuals with almost any physical or emotional disability can benefit from therapeutic riding. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to the human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem. The rhythm of the horse also seems to have a calming effect on some children with physical and emotional disabilities.

For more info, visit NARHA and EAGALA.

A brief history on Therapeutic Riding...
Riding High For Kids 
Equine-Assisted Therapy

Promoting work with
horses in the treatment 
of people with
emotional, behavioral, social, mental, physical and/or spiritual needs.

Statement of Philosophy
"Equine-Assisted Therapy" is an experiential treatment approach that provides
the client with equine experience designed to promote self-awareness, self-esteem, and 

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Our Staff

Tara, our equine-assisted therapy clinician, is a life-long horse enthusiast with a heart for helping others.  She is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with people of all ages dealing with emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social disorders as well as those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Polly Woodard is the owner and manager of Tykenbay Acres and Riding High For Kids.  She has operated a summer riding camp for children since 1990, which has benefited many children, and has owned a horse boarding business for 24 years.  She brings patience and understanding to her work.  Polly has taken various courses to better serve special needs children and is a certified Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician I.  She works at a local group home, where she connects daily with children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.  

Tyra has worked around and ridden horses her entire life.  She is an accomplished equestrian and has taught younger children riding instruction for fourteen years.  In 2005, she graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Languages and minors in both education and psychology.  Tyra worked as a developmental therapist at Blue School, Inc., a preschool for children with autism, and went on to become a teacher at a local middle school.