In adaptive riding sessions clients engage in equine- assisted activities through learning horsemanship skills on the ground and riding skills in the saddle. The goal of these sessions is to promote self- advocacy, intellectual engagement, and physical strength to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Our lesson plans are customized to the unique goals and needs of each rider. Riding skills are taught by certified therapeutic riding instructors and begin with the basics and follow a clear progression to create capable and well-adapted riders.
During sessions clients will have the opportunity to improve their ability to concentrate on specific tasks, work through problems, improve their ability to remember sequencing, and patience.
Participating in adaptive riding and horsemanship sessions provides a positive atmosphere for learning. Clients will benefit from new abilities, self-discipline, and improved self-confidence and emotional well-being. Participants also find that they may be able to gain trust and an emotional connection between both animals and humans alike.
The three-dimensional motion of the horse provides the rider with various benefits. The horse's movement stimulates the rider's hip, back and core muscles and simulates walking. Riding relaxes and strengthens muscles and improves body tone, posture, balance, joint mobility, and coordination. Participating in ground horsemanship lessons may help participants gain endurance and strength as they learn the skills necessary to be a knowledgeable horse person.
Horsemanship nurtures a positive self-image. Participants may experience both independence and connection while in sessions. Participants learn how to build meaningful connections on and off the farm through the opportunity to engage with staff, volunteers, other riders and community members. Participants also learn how to advocate for themselves, giving them a sense of independence knowing that they can support themselves and their equine partners.
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