Experience the Therapeutic Power of the Horse
We asked Bison Strides participants and families, volunteers, donors, instructors, therapists and horses:
"What does Bison Strides mean for you?"
Here is what they said.
Partnering horses and humans to benefit the mind, body and spirit of people with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, Bison Strides embodies the land-grant ideals of NDSU through innovative education, research and outreach.
Education: Undergraduate students in the Equine Assisted Services minor at NDSU engage in high impact experiential teaching, learning and service opportunities.
Research: Through multi-disciplinary partnerships, we have the capability to investigate the impact of horse and human interactions on the people and animals involved.
Outreach: This is the heart of our program and enables participants to experience improved balance and gait symmetry, practice patience and mutual respect, gain greater social functioning and language development, increase confidence and self-esteem, build relationship and communication skills, as well as find peace and calm in their body and mind. In addition, community members have the opportunity to volunteer and give back to their fellow citizens, gaining a sense of purpose and greater understanding of the human experience.
Bison Strides is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) and is currently the only PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in the state of North Dakota. Just 31% of the over 880 PATH Intl. centers worldwide have earned this status. In addition, NDSU is one of only 12 PATH Intl. Higher Education Members in the U.S.
Because of the horse, amazing transformations take place. By supporting Bison Strides you help create opportunities for people to experience the therapeutic power of the horse.