Unmounted Equine Therapy
The human animal bond is the driving force and motivator. Our equines provide unconditional and non-judgmental acceptance, which helps foster relationship building and trust. Our clients are given an opportunity to grow and develop in a safe and supportive environment, which focuses on successes, positive minds, awareness of self and others, and by reinforcing current educational goals.
Physical: Grooming incorporates large muscle groups as well as fine motor skills. The student is constantly stretching, bending and reaching, which requires balance and coordination.·
Social/Relationships/Focus: Students have the opportunity to develop relationships with the volunteers, the instructors and the horses they care for. Students learn to be focused, present and "in the moment" when working with horses.
The development of the horse / human bond assists students in gaining respect, trust and leadership skills. Each success empowers them and builds self-esteem, which motivates them to try new things and take an active role in their own education.
Mounted Therapeutic Riding
There is a magic that occurs between horse and rider, forming a very strong bond. For people with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to a human walking gait. Riders with learning or mental disabilities are motivated by the interaction with their horses to concentrate more and develop patience and discipline. People with psychological, physical or emotional challenges have the special opportunity to form unconditional, meaningful relationships with the volunteers, their peers and the horses.
The 3-dementional movement (side-to-side and forward) of a horse's gait accomplishes the involuntarily use the same muscles the student would use when walking or sitting on their own.
Improved fine and gross motor skills:
Holding the reins, fastening buckles, posting (rising and sitting in the saddle while in motion) and 2-point position (lifting the body out of the saddle)
Balance and coordination:
Sitting tall and steady on horseback while manipulating the use of reins and other tack to control the horse.
Instructor, volunteer(s) and horse provide a complex social environment for the student to engage in conversation.
Gradually introduce new stimuli such as textures, scents, sights and sounds.
Fun outdoor activity for any and all skill level!
Senior & Beginning Riding